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    poet and narcisist argonauta's Avatar
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    30, 50, 60, or 85?

    I'm already thinking about my xmas gift, considering buying a new lens. So I was hoping you guys may help me

    I usually shoot indoors with available light, mostly close up of things (for details and abstracts). Currently, I mostly shoot at 60mm or 75mm with a tamron 28-75 f2.8. I also have a canon 50mm f1.8, but never use it because I hate how cheap if feels.

    So, my options are:

    - Canon 85mm f1.8: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx
    I guess It'll be nicer to get closeups, but it'll probably not be too versatile.

    - Canon 60mm f2.8 http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx
    It's a macro, which I find interesting, and it's a nicely in the middle from what I use (50-75mm). But other than being macro, I can easily stay with the zoom lens I have already.

    - Canon 50mm f1.4 http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx
    It's a very standard lens at 50mm and it's 1.4 I'd love the dof of this thing.

    - Sigma 30mm f1.4 http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx
    I'm throwing this in the list as it seems you guys seem to love it, but I'm not too sure about this one, as I rarely go below 50mm.

    So far, I'm undecided between the 60mm and the 85mm. Which one would you get?
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    Official Vermont Photo Mod WannaBe_80z's Avatar
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    Well you've seen my threads recently-I LOVE the Sigma 30 1.4. I hear the Sigma 50 1.4 is amazing as well do that could give you a little more reach.
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    WannaBe coverd it all...though I am on Nikons I think I'll give it a try on the 30 Sigma soon.
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    say no more loydall's Avatar
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    If you're shooting on a crop body (which I think you will be from some of the lens choices), the 85 is a tad long for practical use but I totally love this lens. On a crop body you need to stand a way back for portraits but (as frex says) use your feet. You will get some great shots with the 85 though - I couldn't live without it.

    And the sigma 30mm - just got one of these (going to post some snaps I used it for from my hols when I get them process) - this is one seriously good lens - opening up to 1.4 is great and the 30mm length is just great for practical use on a crop body.

    I had the 50mm 1.8 but sold it for the same reasons your don't use yours - would like the 1.4 version but dont really need it at the moment.

    My choice (I think) would be the Sigma 1.4 - it's just one of those lenses you use and, from the first photo you take, just impresses.

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