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Sep 22, 2008 09:48 |  #1

I'm trying to decide which lenses I want, and I'm torn. I thought I would throw it out to all of you for advice, since I'm pretty sure I would be happy either way. Here are my options:
Option 1: Sigma 24-60 f/2.8 and Canon 70-200 f/4 (probably with a 50 f/1.8 )
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Option 2: Sigma 30 f/1.4 and Canon 85 f/1.8

I shoot with a Canon 20d, and I'm mostly into portraits and just general photojournalism. If anyone has any other suggestions in this same price range, I'm open to that too. Thanks!




  
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Sep 22, 2008 09:57 |  #2

option 1...since u'll still be able to do portrait , since you may get the 50 1.8
if you are doing general photojournalism you would feel the need for zoom


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Sep 22, 2008 10:10 |  #3

Thanks for the suggestion. It would be hard to give up the primey goodness though... but I guess the first option would give me more flexibility when it comes to framing. How does the 70-200 do for portraits, in comparison to the 85?




  
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Sep 22, 2008 10:24 |  #4

shooter mcgavin wrote in post #6357397 (external link)
I'm trying to decide which lenses I want, and I'm torn. I thought I would throw it out to all of you for advice, since I'm pretty sure I would be happy either way. Here are my options:
Option 1: Sigma 24-60 f/2.8 and Canon 70-200 f/4 (probably with a 50 f/1.8 )
or
Option 2: Sigma 30 f/1.4 and Canon 85 f/1.8

I shoot with a Canon 20d, and I'm mostly into portraits and just general photojournalism. If anyone has any other suggestions in this same price range, I'm open to that too. Thanks!

What about option 3:
Sigma 30 F/1.4, or Canon 28 F/1.8, 28 F/2.8 or 24 F/2.8, with 70-200 F/4L and 50 F/1.8? Most likely candidates keeping the budget the same, are in this case 28 F/2.8, 50 F/1.8 and 70-200 F/4L.

The 70-200 is as good as primes, just not as fast. Since you are asking about portraits as well, you'll find that in order to do tight portraits with everything sharp from tip of nose to cheek, you'll need F/4 or smaller apertures anyway. And for narrow DoF you'll have the 50F/1.8 in that case, for street both the 28 and 50, plus 70-200 for candids.

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Sep 22, 2008 10:36 |  #5

I'm very temped by the 70-200 f/4... I'm still hesitant about the whole wide-angle side of things though. I might just go with a cheapo kit lens until I can afford something worth holding on to.




  
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Sep 22, 2008 11:16 |  #6

shooter mcgavin wrote in post #6357674 (external link)
I'm very temped by the 70-200 f/4... I'm still hesitant about the whole wide-angle side of things though. I might just go with a cheapo kit lens until I can afford something worth holding on to.

That is another option indeed: the 18-55 IS. Very good, even more so for its price.

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Sep 22, 2008 14:41 |  #7

shooter mcgavin wrote in post #6357397 (external link)
I'm trying to decide which lenses I want, and I'm torn. I thought I would throw it out to all of you for advice, since I'm pretty sure I would be happy either way. Here are my options:
Option 1: Sigma 24-60 f/2.8 and Canon 70-200 f/4 (probably with a 50 f/1.8 )
or
Option 2: Sigma 30 f/1.4 and Canon 85 f/1.8

I shoot with a Canon 20d, and I'm mostly into portraits and just general photojournalism. If anyone has any other suggestions in this same price range, I'm open to that too. Thanks!

Option 3: 24-60/2.8 + 85/1.8

I shot a birthday party with just a 85/1.8 and it was perfect. Great for portraits and candids. It works well as a substitute for the 70-200. And the 24-60 for general walkaround.


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Sep 22, 2008 15:39 |  #8

i originally went the zoom route, and then picked out primes at focal lengths i enjoyed.


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Sep 22, 2008 15:42 |  #9

Go primes, and you will never regret it !


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Sep 22, 2008 16:32 |  #10

I'd say if you're torn, you should go with zooms. If you go the prime route, you'll always wonder what zooms will be like.

Didn't I see you list that 24-60 on the sell forums? Do you not like the zooms?

Maybe you could compromise on the wide angle with the sigma 30 and keep the 70-200 instead of the 85 prime.


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Sep 22, 2008 17:49 |  #11

To learn what lens you really need - start with buying a zoom or two. After you have used it for a while you'll know what prime might do for you. Start with zooms.


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