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Jul 16, 2009 15:28 |  #1

Gonna buy my first prime. Basically needing something to use as general purpose for a low light walkaround and portraits. For the prime guys using a crop sensor: Which one do you use more often?


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Jul 16, 2009 15:29 |  #2

I vote 30mm. I don't think 50mm on a crop is a very comfortable for a walkaround.


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Jul 16, 2009 15:38 |  #3

Why not sell/trade the 24-105L and get 24-70L? Its a bit heavy for a walkaround, but its very manageable. Good general purpose lens and 2.8 aperture. Its actually better than my 50mm 1.8 at low light because of AF accuracy. I sold my 50mm 1.8 becuase with my L, I would never use it.




  
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Jul 16, 2009 15:46 |  #4

jobe1492 wrote in post #8292164 (external link)
Its a bit heavy...

That is why it's called "The Brick".



  
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Jul 16, 2009 17:14 |  #5

hammmerhead wrote in post #8292096 (external link)
Gonna buy my first prime. Basically needing something to use as general purpose for a low light walkaround and portraits. For the prime guys using a crop sensor: Which one do you use more often?

who cares what others use more often...how about setting your 24-105mm at 30mm...use it only at that focal length for a day or so, then set it at 50mm and use it only at that length for the same time...see which one You prefer

yeah you won't really be able to get the same as a prime...but you should be able to determine what FOV you prefer...


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Jul 16, 2009 17:17 |  #6

50 is what you need, since you want as walkaround and portrait. I have 24 for walk around and 85 for portrait. If you can only buy 2.




  
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Jul 16, 2009 17:23 |  #7

For portraits go wit the 50.


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Jul 16, 2009 19:10 |  #8

The Sigma 30 was my favorite lens when I had the 30D. Fast and sharp, in a small light-weight package (even with the hood.)


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Jul 16, 2009 19:10 |  #9

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Jul 16, 2009 19:16 |  #10

I think you'll find the 30 will work best for both a walk around and portrait lens. Sigma 30 was my favorite lens as well when I owned a crop.


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Jul 16, 2009 19:23 |  #11

30 then when you have funds 50 then 85

I did 50 -> 30 -> 85

30 is very nice for walkaround and can do great portraits :)


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Jul 16, 2009 19:40 |  #12

Thanks for everyones input. I failed to mention that I was going for F1.4's, either the Sigma 30 1.4 or the Canon 50 1.4



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who cares what others use more often...how about setting your 24-105mm at 30mm...use it only at that focal length for a day or so, then set it at 50mm and use it only at that length for the same time...see which one You prefer

yeah you won't really be able to get the same as a prime...but you should be able to determine what FOV you prefer...

Thats a very good idea!

Why not sell/trade the 24-105L and get 24-70L? Its a bit heavy for a walkaround, but its very manageable. Good general purpose lens and 2.8 aperture. Its actually better than my 50mm 1.8 at low light because of AF accuracy. I sold my 50mm 1.8 becuase with my L, I would never use it

As good as the 24-70 is, I really like the IS and range of my 24-105....I dont think I could ever give it up. I just need something to break out when the sun goes down and not have to use a flash.


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Jul 16, 2009 20:21 |  #13

DreDaze wrote in post #8292705 (external link)
who cares what others use more often...how about setting your 24-105mm at 30mm...use it only at that focal length for a day or so, then set it at 50mm and use it only at that length for the same time...see which one You prefer

yeah you won't really be able to get the same as a prime...but you should be able to determine what FOV you prefer...

That answered my question one time quicker than going out and trying both...

For me, I personally use around 50-55 very frequently on my 28-75, followed by 75 and then lastly 28mm...


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Jul 16, 2009 20:42 as a reply to  @ KenjiS's post |  #14

Having started shooting with film and a 50mm prime, I felt like I needed that field of view back on a prime lens. I went with the 30mm Sigma f1.4 and it should arrive tomorrow.

For Me the 50mm on a 35mm full frame film lens saw basically the same field of view as did my eyes from any given distance. The 30mm lens should give me that fov on the 40D. I am not sure that is what you want, but it is what I want.


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Jul 16, 2009 20:44 |  #15

i have both, for walkaround and shooting in cafe, 2 peoples, sigma 30 more useful, for portrait canon 50 is better FL



  
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