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Dec 13, 2010 11:41 |  #1

I'm looking to add some gear for a Christmas present from myself. I have a T2i w/ the 18-55is, 55-250is, 85 f/1.8, 100-400L, and the nifty fifty.

I'm getting a 430ex II for sure but I've been going back and forth on what lens or lens' to add. I'm on the fence between the 28mm f/1.8, 28mm f/2.0, and 70-200 f/4. I've been happy w/ the 55-250 so I'm trying to justify if I need the 70-200 f/4.

My budget is 1300. Although I don't shoot a ton indoors, I still wanna add the flash. Is there a huge difference between the 28's? Will I be wasting time and money goung from the 55-250 to the 70-200?

Lastly, If I get both the 28mm f/1.8 and the 70-200 f/4, I will be selling the 55-250 for sure. Thanks for the any advice. I've been on the fence for a month and need a little push. : )


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Dec 13, 2010 11:44 |  #2

I'd argue that while the 70-200 f4 is a superior lens in a lot of ways to the 55-250, I wouldnt make the switch unless I could swing the the f4IS. IS on that lens just makes it so much more useful, plus the IS version is sharper (its an optical upgrade, not just the IS).




  
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Dec 13, 2010 11:46 |  #3

gonzogolf wrote in post #11444446 (external link)
I'd argue that while the 70-200 f4 is a superior lens in a lot of ways to the 55-250, I wouldnt make the switch unless I could swing the the f4IS. IS on that lens just makes it so much more useful, plus the IS version is sharper (its an optical upgrade, not just the IS).

Plus the rounded aperture blades of the f/4L IS have nicer bokeh than the squared ones of the f/4L.


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Dec 13, 2010 11:53 |  #4

I think that to answer this you have to look at what you shoot the most. Every L series I have purchased came with a reason.


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Dec 13, 2010 11:59 |  #5

Rabid wrote in post #11444494 (external link)
I think that to answer this you have to look at what you shoot the most. Every L series I have purchased came with a reason.

I shoot surfing, birds, some outdoor sports, family & friends, the occasional flowers, and a little bit of landscape.


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Dec 13, 2010 12:02 |  #6

If I had your line-up (and I almost do, I just bought the T2i), I would replace the kit lens with a Tamron 17-50 -- at least, that's what I plan to do. I also plan to get a 430 II Speedlight, so that would be top priority as well. Good luck!


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Dec 13, 2010 12:21 |  #7

YankeeMom wrote in post #11444534 (external link)
If I had your line-up (and I almost do, I just bought the T2i), I would replace the kit lens with a Tamron 17-50 -- at least, that's what I plan to do

Or, if you can swing it, the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.




  
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Dec 13, 2010 12:27 |  #8

paperchasin wrote in post #11444628 (external link)
Or, if you can swing it, the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.

That's the route I would go. I've had bad exp w/ tammys


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Dec 13, 2010 13:12 |  #9

I AGREE WITH...

I agree with replacing your 18-55mm Kit Lens with a high grade medium range zoom which has a constant f/2.8 aperture. The Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS is probably the pick of that litter but, the Tamron 17-50mm (VC or non-VC) are less expensive alternatives.

Another addition could be a second body. You can get a 400D or even a 350D very inexpensively and a second body will greatly add to the versatility of your lens collection. It will also be an insurance policy against missing any once in the lifetime photo opportunities.

I fell climbing a slippery Alaskan slope on the first day of a 10-day trip to the Kenai Peninsula and broke my 40D. My second camera saved me from missing photo coverage of that interesting trip. You don't have to be boonie tromping to break a camera. A fellow tour member fell on the cobble-stones in front of Xi'an China's City Wall and broke his Nikon. He didn't have a second camera and was out of luck.


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Dec 13, 2010 14:18 |  #10

You can also consider a wide angle prime such as the 35L to work for landscapes or indoors with the family. My collection is close to yours and I am considering the 17-40mm F/4 L for landscapes. Something you don't have is a macro so consider the 100mm L. With your collection you are at a point where you can develop a plan of what you need and what order you will buy.


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Dec 13, 2010 14:24 |  #11

I'd pick up: flash, Canon 17-55 f/2.8, and then Sigma 30 f/1.4 or Canon 35 f/2 in that order. I loved my Sig 30 when I shot crop for creative family shots.


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Dec 13, 2010 16:26 |  #12

I'd get a fast wide and/or a macro (100 non-L is great value for money).
If you can't justify a macro, get at least a set of extension tubes ;)


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Dec 13, 2010 18:02 |  #13

No love for the 28mm f/18? Am I nuts to want it? I want to add something for indoor.


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Dec 13, 2010 18:04 |  #14

StellaBlue71 wrote in post #11446634 (external link)
No love for the 28mm f/18? Am I nuts to want it? I want to add something for indoor.

Thats what the flash is for =)


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Dec 13, 2010 18:10 |  #15

themadman wrote in post #11446644 (external link)
Thats what the flash is for =)

How will a flash decrease the focal length of my 85 or 50 mm?


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