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Lens decisions: More primes? or zoom?

 
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Feb 14, 2011 23:42 |  #1

Hey guys,

I guess I'm technically new to this forum since I don't really post, I mostly browse, but I finally have questions to ask.

I just upgraded from an XSi to a 40D, in the process of selling my XSi + kit lens but I'm trying to figure out what lens to get in place of the XSi.

If I successfully sell my XSi + kit, I'll just have a 50mm f/1.8, and a couple of FD manual focus lenses from my AE-1 Program (Sigma FD 35-70 f/2.8, Canon FD 28 f/2.8). I've tried the FD lenses on my XSi with a Zykkor FD to EOS adapter I got off eBay last year, but they're pretty soft, and I want something that can auto focus.

With around 400 bucks, what would you guys recommend? Gear wise, I have all that current stuff, and a 550EX (not really gonna go into lighting yet, whole near world to me, 550 is good enough for now) which isn't much.

I shoot most when I go hiking, and usually portraits of my friends. If there was a zoom from 18-200 with at least f/2.8... I would consider it if it were in the price range (of course it doesn't exist).

I was thinking about a super wide Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 (I know it would be hard to find for the price), Sigma 30 f/1.4, Sigma or Tamron 17-? f/2.8 walk around zoom, or Canon EF 28mm f/1.8.

It's really inconvenient when I'm in a tight spot and my 50 being technically 80 can't do what I need. I also want something to shoot landscapes pretty sharply. Even with the 50 as technically 80, I don't think I would often shoot further than that, that would be my secondary goal/investment, just trying to find a good wide to medium lens with a large aperture for under $400. (I can't go back after experience f/1.8 -_-)

I'm not sure if I can buy here since I'm new, but I could also check Fred Miranda since I've bought from there before.

Please let me know of your lens experiences! I would greatly appreciate it!




  
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Feb 14, 2011 23:49 |  #2

Welcome.

I wouldn't get a prime as your main landscape lens. With a budget of about $400, check out the Tamron 17-50 f2.8.

But for the record, don't assume a "landscape lens" is only wide angle. I'm simply suggesting it to give you something to build around and to get you going here at your budget, and based on what you generally asked for.




  
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Feb 14, 2011 23:51 |  #3

Tammy 28-75 f/2.8 is an awesome lens too


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Feb 14, 2011 23:59 |  #4

LightRules wrote in post #11845549 (external link)
Welcome.

I wouldn't get a prime as your main landscape lens. With a budget of about $400, check out the Tamron 17-50 f2.8.

But for the record, don't assume a "landscape lens" is only wide angle. I'm simply suggesting it to give you something to build around and to get you going here at your budget, and based on what you generally asked for.

Hm... Reading some reviews and such, seems like a good choice to replace my 18-55, I guess I'll consider. What's the average price that you could find it for used?

I'll also look up the 28-75 too Brennan, thanks for the input!




  
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Feb 15, 2011 00:04 |  #5

+1 for the Tamron 17-50...I had one for years and it's an excellent all-around lens. The focus is ridiculously loud and annoying and can hunt in low light, but for the money you won't find anything better :)


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Feb 15, 2011 00:30 |  #6

For that price range, can't really go wrong with the 17-50 tammy




  
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