ART Got $450 to spend on a lens v.help choose

oliver

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Nov 21, 2004
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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:
 

GlobeGuy

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Jun 14, 2004
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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.
 
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oliver

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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.

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

Spurious

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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.
 

turbodude

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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.

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.
 

Killyin

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Dec 9, 2004
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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?
 

ZCP M3

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Feb 4, 2007
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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:
 

GlobeGuy

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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:

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.
 

aCab

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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
 

ZCP M3

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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.

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

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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

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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