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What are best budget primes for a Full Frame?

 
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Feb 26, 2010 16:04 |  #1

I was wondering what prime lenses are good for a full frame body. And I mean good, not really the best as that would cost a bomb. I would just like 2 or 3 nice, fast, sharp primes. Is it possible to get some good ones for about $500 each?

Anyway, please suggest me some good primes that aren't expensive. Thanks.


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Feb 26, 2010 16:09 |  #2

Like most on this forum, I would suggest the Canon 85mm f1.8. It is a great lens at a great price - probably one of Canon's best values. Another prime that has very good ratings is the Sigma 50mm f1.4 (despite mediocre QC).
I use the 85mm on my 5dmk2 and it is great.


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Feb 26, 2010 16:10 |  #3

35mm F2
50mm F1.4
85mm F1.8
200mm F2.8L II

The last one is $750 a little over your budget but the others are cheaper than 500, around 350 each.


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Feb 26, 2010 16:21 |  #4

canon 28 f/1.8, either canon 50 f/1.4 or sigma 50 f/1.4, canon 100 f/2 - all lenses fit your budget and are great all around and on FF will cover from wide angle to short telephoto.


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Feb 26, 2010 16:21 |  #5

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Feb 26, 2010 16:27 |  #6

algold wrote in post #9689413 (external link)
canon 28 f/1.8, either canon 50 f/1.4 or sigma 50 f/1.4, canon 100 f/2 - all lenses fit your budget and are great all around and on FF will cover from wide angle to short telephoto.

Thanks :) I am getting the 100 Macro f/2.8 anyway, so I hope that will do instead of the 100 f/2, but I need a 50mm, 85mm, and either a 24 or 28 or even 35mm.


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Feb 26, 2010 16:35 |  #7

If you are getting the 100mm macro, I think you might as well skip the 85mm since they are so close to each other in terms of focal length.

It is kinda expensive, but maybe you should try out the 35mm f1.4


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Feb 26, 2010 16:46 |  #8

charl1e wrote in post #9689490 (external link)
If you are getting the 100mm macro, I think you might as well skip the 85mm since they are so close to each other in terms of focal length.

It is kinda expensive, but maybe you should try out the 35mm f1.4

WoW, that's a lot of green paper I don't have, it would be brilliant to have the 35 f/1.4, but it really costs 5x as much as the 35 f/2 :confused:


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Feb 26, 2010 20:20 |  #9

peter.pan wrote in post #9689311 (external link)
I was wondering what prime lenses are good for a full frame body. And I mean good, not really the best as that would cost a bomb. I would just like 2 or 3 nice, fast, sharp primes. Is it possible to get some good ones for about $500 each?

All the EF primes, except for maybe the 20/2.8, are at least "good." Pick your focal length(s), then pick the lenses based on your budget and requirements.




  
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Feb 26, 2010 20:23 |  #10

Most go 28, 50, 100 or 35, 85, 135. The first set will fit your budget.

It's working for me.


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Feb 26, 2010 20:28 |  #11

Canon 35mm f2, Canon 85mm f1.8, Canon 50mm f1.8/f1.4, Sigma 50mm f1.4 ;)


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Feb 26, 2010 22:32 as a reply to  @ richierich1212's post |  #12

50 1.4, 85 1.8.


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Feb 26, 2010 22:37 |  #13

50 1.4 and a 85 1.8




  
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Feb 27, 2010 13:15 as a reply to  @ Twotan's post |  #14

Ditto. Add a 28/1.8 and/or 100/2 if so inclined.




  
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Feb 27, 2010 14:14 |  #15

Jdumas wrote in post #9689415 (external link)
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How do you like the 135/2.8 SF?


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