A&P Got $450 to spend on a lens v.help choose

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  1. oliver

    oliver New Member

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    I've been looking at the Tamron 17-50 and like the constant aperture, I've also been considering the Sigma 17-70 and like the extra 20mm length on top, even thoough it has no constant aperture.

    What do you guys think is an overall better replacement for the 18-55kit lens. I already have a 50mm 1.8 and was also considering the 85mm1.8 :confused: :hyper:


    So:

    17-70mm Sigma
    17-50 2.8 Tamron
    85mm 1.8 Canon

    :hs:
     
  2. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I'd say the 85mm, but it depends what all you shoot.
     
  3. GlobeGuy

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    That's tough, Tamron 17-50 is so versatile but 85mm is so money...

    I would have to go with Tamron 17-50 just for the utility factor alone. While 85mm is awesome for portraits, I don't use it enough. Ultimately it all depends on what you like to shoot.
     
  4. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    do you only have the 18-55?

    if so i wuld get the wide angle zoom for sheer versatility.
     
  5. Sympathy

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    I agree with the second part of his statement.
    from your list, I'd go with the tamron 17-50.
     
  6. oliver

    oliver New Member

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    Thats the thing...I love portraits but itheyre both so good :sad2:
     
  7. oliver

    oliver New Member

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    I have a 50mm as well, I used to own a Tokina 12-24 but the UWA was a bit too much overkill even though I'd want another UWA in the future.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    wide angle zoom = 17-70mm range
     
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    Tamron, there really isn't a choice. You have a 50mm prime, adding an 85mm without having anything to cover the wide angle would be stupid and the Sigma isn't in the same class as the other two.
     
  10. GlobeGuy

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    I haven't used my 50mm much since I got my Tammy 17-50 2.8.
     
  11. oliver

    oliver New Member

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    so you say the sigma over the tamron?
     
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    Used 70-200 f/4 L
     
  13. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    ahem.... i use the 18-50 macro 2.8 and it focuses more accurately and renders color much better than my friends tamron 17-50. 17-50 is slightly sharper. but i would rather have more accurate focus and color contrast over sharpness.
     
  14. Killyin

    Killyin Vicariously I, live while the whole world dies.

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    I've got the Sigma 17-70mm. It's a nice walk around lens...especially on a crop sensor. What other lenses do you have, and what do you plan on shooting?
     
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    The 85 is a great lens, I can nto speak for any of the others.
     
  16. oliver

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    Was looking into that, but I dont see myself needing a telephoto lens yet for what i shoot.
     
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    ZCP M3 Active Member

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    I was gonna vote for the used 70-200 f/4L until you said you didn't need one. The 85 1.8 is a FANTASTIC portrait lens on my 5D. If you do a lot of portraits, get the 85 1.8. If not, get whichever walkaround zoom suits you better.

    Pretty much all down to what you shoot. Or be like me and buy everything twice. :noes:
     
  18. iDrive

    iDrive OTAP crew. Muradadog crew. GO GATORS!

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  19. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    it's a great portrait lens
     
  20. oliver

    oliver New Member

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    If i wanted to make my decision based heavily on portrait performance i'd go with the 85mm 1.8. :naughty:

    I only have until tonight to decide B&H is closed for a week next week and its a birthday gift to myself!! :hyper:
     
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    How much is Canon 85 1.8 vs Canon 70-200 2.8 non IS?

    If 70-200 isn't too much over 85mm, you can use that as portrait lens too. And you can use that sports as well.
     
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    I'd say the 70-200 is more versatile than the 85. I'd get more use out of it. It all depends on what u are going to shoot
     
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    85 1.8 is around $300, the 70-200 2.8 is around $1200, and you can pick up a used 70-200 4 for around $500.
     
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    oliver New Member

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    Of course anything with more than ONE fixed focal point would be more versatile, but like I said earlier i wouldn't have much use for the 70-200 range at the moment. :hs:
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    sigma 8mm or canon 500mm
     

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