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Postby basia » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:12 am

Hi I have canon 50mm f/1.4 and 100mm f/2.8 (I mostly use the 50mm)
I am thinking about getting something wider, even going with sigma at this point (for obvious reasons :? unfortunately)
any recommendations ?
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Postby basia » Sun Oct 24, 2010 3:12 pm

anyone?
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Postby Kylie » Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:16 pm

What do you want to use the new lens for? Are you looking for another prime or a zoom lens? A few more details might help people recommend something :)
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Postby basia » Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:37 pm

Kylie wrote:What do you want to use the new lens for? Are you looking for another prime or a zoom lens? A few more details might help people recommend something :)

portraits mostly, kids
I kind of like my prime lenses
but I think zoom could give me more flexibility...
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Postby blue-eden » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:12 am

I agree with Kylie that it depends on what you want to use it for.

The lens you already have -- the 50 mm 1.4 -- is an awesome portrait lens, despite that it's not a great lens for shooting wide open with (the sweet spot tends to be around 2.8 to combat the softness it gives, but that still is VERY wide open enough for good bokeh). I choose my 85 mm 1.4 over the 50 mm 1.4 when shooting outdoors for this reason. I can shoot totally wide open and the bokeh is SMOOTH! I like smooth bokeh over "sparkly" bokeh (which is also why I don't like the 1.8 versions of lenses, the bokeh is just off to me).

I like primes too. I like to move with my feet, and it inspires me to move to get better angles, rather than just following the subject around and zooming in and out. I think it forces better creativity. :)

I LOVE my 35 mm 1.8 lens. I know that Canon has a similar lens, and it's superb. Very sharp and just wide enough to not give a lot of distortion. The 24 mm is fun, but I notice that when people use it as a portrait lens close up, the distortion is almost always unflattering and odd. The Sigma (I think it's a 30 mm) is a great option too! I use Nikon and only ever use Nikon lenses, so I've never bought off brand. I hear good things that about particular Sigma though. :)
You just have to remember when shooting NOT to shoot with it like you shoot with the 50 mm.
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