What lens should I buy with about $500?
I've got 60D and 18-135 IS, 50/1.8, 28-80, and some old manual-focus lenses (2x58/2, 135/3.5, 200/4, 2x500/8), plus a broken 50/2.5 macro which doesn't autofocus and doesn't change aperture. Of these, I use the 50/1.8 most often (90% of the time) and the 18-135 IS. (I also use a Sony NEX-F3 with the 18-55 lens as a second camera, particularly for personal photos with friends at nightclubs etc)
My immediate lens wants now are:
- macro, thinking about the 60/2.8 USM
- a normal prime (for a 50mm FOV), 28/1.8 or 28/2.8 maybe, or perhaps 35/2
- wideangles... 24/2.8
- a better zoom, maybe 17-85 IS USM
- cheap lenses with image stabilization, maybe 18-55 IS or 17-85 IS USM
- something similar to 50/1.8 but more durable and with better AF, perhaps 50/1.4 USM
- something smaller than 50/1.8, apparently 40/2.8 comes to mind
- something with better bokeh than 50/1.8 (thinking of 85/1.8 USM or 50/1.4 USM)
- something better for low-light than 50/1.8 (apparently thinking of 50/1.4 USM)
- a soft-focus lens, 135/2.8SF
The above lenses I'm thinking about are within my budget in the area I live.
The main use of the 50/1.8 is for portraits and no-flash indoor photography/video, and the main use of the 18-135 IS is for video and indoor group photos with flash. The 18-135 IS is mostly used in its 18-35mm lengths, and rarely in 35-85mm.
The main problem I've with the 50/1.8 is lack of IS, particularly important for video. I'm also afraid its plastic construction could leave me without a working camera during a photoshoot, as I rarely get another lens with me (only what I put on the camera). With the 18-135 IS, the main problem is that it's big, slow (f/3.5), heavy, and not as sharp as the 50/1.8.
I very rarely use any longer FL than 50mm, but I often find the 18mm not wide enough. I use the Ef-S focusing screen on my 60D, so it goes too dark if the lens is slower than f/2.8. In fact, I consider anything slower than f/2-2.5 as too slow for my taste
Currently the macro andn image-stabilized wide or normal lens (or a sharp and constrasty zoom) is what I need most.
It looks like I'd benefit most from buying the 60/2.8 USM macro or the 17-85 IS USM. Since I do macro with extension tubes and my broken 50/2.5, I think 17-85 IS USM would be the most useful.
What do you think?