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Dec 29, 2011 08:46 |  #1

Have a crop body (t2i), a kit lens, and nifty fifty at the moment. Between giftcards, returns, and so on, have $1k to spend. I'd love to get a wide angle but also know that the 17-55 2.8 is considered the best lens for crops....so - trying to decide....should I go with....

Buy 10-22 + buy 50mm 1.4 + keep the kit lens + sell existing 50mm 1.8?
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Sell kit + keep existing 50mm 1.8 + buy 17-55 2.8?


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Dec 29, 2011 09:02 |  #2

Sell kit and 1.8 + Buy Sigma 17-50 and Canon 50 1.4


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Dec 29, 2011 09:11 |  #3

IMHO, the 50mm isn't that great for crop bodies. I know its a great lens, the 1.8 is great deal, the 1.4 is awesome etc etc etc, I'm just saying I'd much rather use the Sigma 30 f/1.4 or Canon 85 f/1.8. If you want to shoot wide get the 10-22, its an awesome lens. Then when you save up enough get the 17-55 and sell the kit lens and maybe the 50.


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Dec 29, 2011 09:11 |  #4

How happy are you with what you have for the kinds of pictures you are shooting, or want to shoot? I like letting necessity drive my camera purchases, so the first things I usually address are my frustration points with my current gear: Are you getting frustrated not having a fast enough lens or fast enough AF indoors? Or perhaps when you're outdoors trying to photograph a building and the darned kit lens 18mm isn't nearly wide enough? Are you bothered at all by the build quality of the lenses you have?

The 17-55mm is a nice upgrade from the 18-55mm kit lens, because of the f/2.8. It will let you keep that lens on in many situations where you'd want to swap out the kit lens for the nifty. The 17-55 build quality isn't L grade, but it's better than what you're used to so far, especially with regard to the AF mechanism (ring USM with full-time manual is where it's at). If you go this route, you won't use your 50/1.8 much, unless you just love super shallow shots. The prime 50mm probably has a little sharpness edge over the 17-55 @ 50mm f2.8, but the 17-55 has image stabilization, which is very, very useful with still subjects for keeping your ISO down.

The 10-22mm is built like the 17-55, and can share filters (both 77mm). They complement each other nicely. The 10-22 is wide, wide enough that you won't want it wider. 10mm is often too wide. This is a great lens, but I wouldn't personally prioritize it over getting a better and faster standard zoom, unless you're totally happy with your kit lens for that role.


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Dec 29, 2011 09:18 |  #5

If it were me, I'd sell the kit and 50 lens and buy the 24-70L. Then figure out down the road if want to cover some wider ground and/ or grab up a nice prime.


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Dec 29, 2011 09:36 as a reply to  @ absplastic's post |  #6

Once you'll get good 2.8 zoom you will never put 50 1.8 back on Rebel.
It happens to me after I purchased 28-75 2.8
Buy 10-22, sell the rest of the lenses and if you buy 28-75 you'll have better range with only two good lenses.


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Dec 29, 2011 09:41 |  #7

IMO get the Canon 17-55 or a Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS and save a little for something like a speed lite or another lens like 35 f2 or 50 1.4


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Dec 29, 2011 09:44 |  #8

nccb wrote in post #13614543 (external link)
Have a crop body (t2i), a kit lens, and nifty fifty at the moment. Between giftcards, returns, and so on, have $1k to spend. I'd love to get a wide angle but also know that the 17-55 2.8 is considered the best lens for crops....so - trying to decide....should I go with....

Buy 10-22 + buy 50mm 1.4 + keep the kit lens + sell existing 50mm 1.8?
Or
Sell kit + keep existing 50mm 1.8 + buy 17-55 2.8?

what do you primarily shoot? that's most important!
simply spending money on lens may be fun but like the other poster said, let necessity be a guide
if you like landscapes then the Canon 10-22 is good, if you like large aperture primes the Sigma 30mm 1.4 might be more appropriate. if you think you need an f 2.8 zoom then look at the Sigma 17-50 2.8 or Tamron 17-50 2.8, etc.




  
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Dec 29, 2011 10:23 |  #9

Canon's 10-22 is one of those lenses that when you first use it you'll have a "wow" moment. It's a good choice for your body.




  
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Dec 29, 2011 11:13 |  #10

tokina 11-16 f2.8 is a bit faster than the canon, I have shot both and prefer the tokina.

honestly I would run tokina 11-16, nifty 50, 85 f1.8

a very good trio that will keep you busy for a while


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Dec 29, 2011 13:40 |  #11

vrjosh wrote in post #13614654 (external link)
IMHO, the 50mm isn't that great for crop bodies. I know its a great lens, the 1.8 is great deal, the 1.4 is awesome etc etc etc, I'm just saying I'd much rather use the Sigma 30 f/1.4 or Canon 85 f/1.8. If you want to shoot wide get the 10-22, its an awesome lens. Then when you save up enough get the 17-55 and sell the kit lens and maybe the 50.

Mmmm I've always loved my 50 1.4 on my 7D... But that might be just me. One thing you could consider is this:

Sell kit lens + Purchase Canon 15-85 IS ($650 on rebate) + Canon 430 EX II ($230) and keep your 50 1.8


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Dec 29, 2011 14:15 |  #12

I'd try to get a used 24-70L although some might say its not that good of a range on a crop (and 17~55 being around the same range w/ crop factor accounted for).


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Dec 29, 2011 14:35 |  #13

Whatever you do...get the Canon 10-22mm. That lens rocks on the T2i!




  
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Dec 29, 2011 15:09 |  #14

nccb wrote in post #13614543 (external link)
Have a crop body (t2i), a kit lens, and nifty fifty at the moment. Between giftcards, returns, and so on, have $1k to spend. I'd love to get a wide angle but also know that the 17-55 2.8 is considered the best lens for crops....so - trying to decide....should I go with....
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Buy 10-22 + buy 50mm 1.4 + keep the kit lens + sell existing 50mm 1.8?
Or
Sell kit + keep existing 50mm 1.8 + buy 17-55 2.8?

Go with the latter.
the 17-55mm is a great buy


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Dec 29, 2011 15:56 |  #15

nccb wrote in post #13614543 (external link)
Have a crop body (t2i), a kit lens, and nifty fifty at the moment. Between giftcards, returns, and so on, have $1k to spend. I'd love to get a wide angle but also know that the 17-55 2.8 is considered the best lens for crops....so - trying to decide....should I go with....

Buy 10-22 + buy 50mm 1.4 + keep the kit lens + sell existing 50mm 1.8?
Or
Sell kit + keep existing 50mm 1.8 + buy 17-55 2.8?

Is 18mm wide enough or do you want something wider?



  
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