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Jun 01, 2009 18:34 |  #1

I sold all of my Canon gear for an engagement ring, but now I'm saving for a good photojournal/portrait/​wedding(secondary) setup, and I'd like to see what people think would be a good combo.

I would like to buy two 20ds with grips to have quick access to both a wide-ish and a long-ish lens. I like the 20d, and don't feel the need for anything newer, unless it's full frame.

Right now I'm thinking the Sigma 30 f/1.4 and Canon 85 f/1.8, but I'm open to other options, and would love to hear your suggestions.

I like the feel of the 35 and 85 combo on ff, and I'm pretty partial to primes, since more light and dof versatility are more important to me than zoom versatility.

I know that 30 and 85 on a 1.6 crop aren't ideal to simulate the 35/85/ff combo, but I can't really find any decent and fast 24 lens that fits my arbitrary budget (400 or so per lens to start with). The 85mm doesn't bother me so much. I might go with a 50mm f/1.4 anyway.

I guess what I am asking is if the 30/85 combo would be a good introduction back into Canonland, or is there something better that I'm missing?

I'm going to have to save for this gear anyway, so the budget I set is more for the sake of getting back into the game and starting a business than the most that I would be able to afford, so if you think that it would be worth my time and I would be happier and better equipped by waiting and saving for two 5ds and the 35 and 85 L's, then let me know. (In the meantime, I'm having fun with my girlfriend's d40 :) )

Sorry this is so long :(
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Jun 01, 2009 19:00 |  #2

The 30/85 combo is my "crop lens duo...."

With two bodies, you will be set! I love shooting with those two lenses, and except for when I need to go wide (10-20) or L-O-N-G (either my 70-200 or 100-400), the 30/85 gets the job done 90% of the time!




  
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Jun 01, 2009 21:47 |  #3

24mm is about 35mm on a crop. The only one close to your budget is the Sigma 24 1.8, but you might be happier with the 28mm f1.8 or 30mm 1.4

50mm is about 85mm on a crop. 50mm 1.4 is probably your best bet.

Personally, I would favor the 30/85 myself, but sounds like you want a bit wider.


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Jun 01, 2009 21:55 |  #4

yea, a bit wider than those would be nice, but I could sacrifice some width for quality, so I might still go with the 30/85. I don't really know anything about the 24 f/1.8. Has anyone had any experience with it?




  
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Jun 01, 2009 22:08 |  #5

Sigma 20/1.8 and 50/1.4? Both are around $400 or so, a little less for the Canon 50/1.4. The Sigma 20 seems to get better reviews than the 24.




  
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Jun 02, 2009 20:06 |  #6

Thanks, I'll look into the 20.




  
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Jun 02, 2009 20:32 |  #7

I'd go with the Sigma 30 1.4 and the Canon 85 1.8.


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Jun 03, 2009 22:09 |  #8

yea, I like the idea of hsm for low-light af. I'm leaning towards the 30/85. I like the idea of having fast-focusing, low-light capable lenses.




  
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