What lens to get next....?

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  1. ZballZ macrumors regular

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    I have a Canon 400d Rebel Xti and a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, and the canon 50mm 1.8 prime.

    I do mostly portraits, and love my 50mm prime for that, but sometimes I find that the 50mm is a little too short in focal lenth...

    Now I want something with a longer focal lenth - something in the range of 50-100. I really want it to be fast, say 2.8, which I find necessary for good background seperation in portraits...

    But for some reason, these lenses (tamron, sigma, canon) start at 70-something - which would give me nothing between 50-70 - or they are 24-85, which only gives me from 50-85mm of new focal lenth...

    What lenses do you have? What do you use for portraits? And at what aperture?

    And what lens would you suggest I get next...


    ...needless to say, my budget wont allow for any Canon L-lenses or alike :mad:
     
  2. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    I'd go with a Prime for sure, and since L is out of the question your best bet is probably the 85mm 1.8, sitting at about $350. That's probably what I'll go for next now that I've fixed my craving for the 17-40 F4L and just bought the darn thing. I have the 50 1.8 and the 135 2.0 (which is AMAZING) but need something in the middle, so the 85 is for me.
     
  3. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was thinking at exactly that! - the 85 1.8 prime! No doubt a great lens - so I hear :)

    I would prefer something with a little range though, and since last post, I've come across

    Sigma 50-150 2.8 - less than 1000,-$

    Anyone with hands on experience with this one?
     
  4. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    I can't believe I'm recommending a telephoto lens but what about the Canon 70-200?
     
  5. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good lens, no doubt, but no good for me; 2 reasons.

    1) it starts at 70mm, which leaves me with nothing between 50-70mm. A pretty vital range for portrait photography...

    2) Its 1.700$ :eek:

    It's mostly the range from 50-90 i am after, for my portrait photography...
     
  6. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Have a look at Tokina's 2.8/50-135 and Sigma's 2.8/50-150 tele zooms. They roughly correspond to 80-200+ on your crop sensor. I still find it hard to believe, both Nikon and Canon have dropped the ball here as they don't offer anything themselves …

    They weigh about half of what a 2.8/70-200 zoom weights, (about 800 g, I think), they have a nice initial aperture and at least the Tokina is built like a tank. Tokina's built quality is very close to that of Nikon's and Canon's professional line, their lenses have a nice touch, the zoom and focus rings operate smoothly … and they use lots of metal. The Sigma should focus faster (and quieter) as it has a supersonic wave drive (Sigma calls it HSM).
     
  7. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Tokina seems nice ! A bit bulky with that tripot-attachment-thingee, though...
     
  8. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    I wish you could take it off, but it is a lot, lot smaller than my 80-200 Nikkor. Just go to a store and try it.
     
  9. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    1) The difference between 50mm and 70mm is taking one step forward or one step back in practical terms.
    2) I didn't quote the L version, there is a non L version which retails for $600 in the UK anyway and things here are priced up the wazhoo!
    3) Canon and Sigma do a 60mm lens as well.
    4) Your camera has a crop factor so even your 50mm isn't actually 50mm you know. Your camera has a 1.6x crop factor you're already shooting at 80mm, which is portrait territory with your prime. Your Tamron with the crop factor is actually 27 - 80mm as it is.

    Were you aware of the crop factor? If you weren't then you need something in between 80-160mm.
     
  10. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in the same boat as this OP and had no clue about crop factor.
     
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    All of Canon's 70-200mm lenses are in their L line, but they have varying speeds (f/4 or f/2.8 and some have IS on board.)

    The f/4 non-IS version is very reasonably priced. I can't remember how much (off hand) but it is worth a look.
     
  13. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

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    Cool thanks. Like I said, I'm looking for an 'in between' lens or a walk around lens as well. I have the XSi kit lens, a 50mm and a 70-200mm IS L. I would just like something in between.
     
  14. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Unless you're in a room or sitting at a table, for instance. The difference is quite noticeable. I can't use my 80-200 zoom indoors, because I can't take pictures of people sitting close to me. The 50-135 focal length range corresponds to the classical 70/80-200 zooms on full frame/film.
     
  15. James L macrumors 6502a

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    Quoted for emphasis.
     
  16. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I am aware of the crop factor. Now, The "classic" range for portrait lenses on 35mm full frame camera is from around 80mm to 135mm. To cover that specific area on my 1.6x crop camera I need 50mm to 85mm. This is the "vital" range for me.

    Sure, a 85mm prime would be good. Also a 70-200. But something going 50-85 would really be optimum...

    The 70-200 at the low cost end, are really to slow - 4.0-5.6 - for good DOF-images...
     
  17. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    What about this one?

    Tamron AF 55-200mm 4-5.6 Di II LD Macro

    It's 160$ !!!

    Any good?
     
  18. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    If you want a zoom that is fast and covers 50-70mm I think your only options are:

    24-70 f/2.8 (Canon or Sigma)
    28-75 f/2.8 (Tamron) (used)
    28-80 f/2.8 (Tokina) (used)
    28-105 f/2.8 (Tamron) (used)

    50-135 f/2.8 (Tokina)
    50-150 f/2.8 (Sigma)

    Since you're talking portraits, and presumably you're posing people and have time to set up shots, I'd skip zoom and go for the 85mm f/1.8.
     
  19. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    My 3rd point did mention that Canon and Sigma do a 60mm lens.
     
  20. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah,
    think im down to the 85 1.8 or Tokina 50-135 2.8 (or sigma 50-150)
     
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    Canon also has a nice 135mm f/2.8. It has a cool "soft focus" feature that would be very nice for portraits.

    I think it runs around $350
     
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    skip the zoom if you want fast lens and get the 85 1.8.
     
  25. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    Canon 70-200mm F/4 "L" - $600
    Canon 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS - $250

    Both good tele options. The 55-250 might be a great way to fill your gap and have image stabilization to boot.
     

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