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Old Mar 2, 2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Additional lens for Canon Rebel T3i?

I'm considering getting an additional lens for my Canon Rebel T3i.

I currently use these:

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS

I like the 17-50mm the best for what I shoot, which is primarily urban street shots.

However, I have been getting more into shooting people. I do not use a flash, but do use a tripod as needed.

What would make the most sense?

p.s.: The fact that I have only Sigma lenses is only due to my budget.

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Old Mar 2, 2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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theres no reason why the 17-50 cannot be used for people. if you want to go with a prime then theres the no brainer from canon the 50 f1.8
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define people shooting, if you are shooting people candidly the 17-50 would be a bit intrusive. you will need something like a 70-200 for people, if you are shooting in the daytime 70-200f4 will work.
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The 17-50 f/2.8 should be fine for general people on the street- though maybe something longer for "candid" shots...?
Canon's 50mm f/1.8 is a great value lens for close-ish people shots or portraits- and Canon's 85mm f/1.8 (though more expensive) is even better...
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Old Mar 2, 2013, 6:13 PM   #5
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Thanks, wave01, Simon40, and shoturtle.

I generally use the 18-200mm as my walk-around lens, but I prefer the results I get with the 17-50mm F2.8:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dg27/80...57631538214660

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dg27/79...57631538214594

I travel extensively and find that if I'm polite most people have no problem posing.

I was considering the Canon 50mm 1.8, but was a bit concerned about the overall quality. From there I looked at the Canon 50mm 1.4:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Autofocus.html

and then the Sigma version:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._f_1_4_EX.html

I was shocked that the Sigma is >$100 more than the Canon 1.4 and 4X as much as the Canon 1.8.

Is the Canon 1.8 OK? Or should I at least go for the Canon 1.4?

Any idea why the Sigma is so steep?

Any advice would be appreciated. I don't buy lenses very often and want to make the right choice.

I'll look at the Canon 85mm 1.8.

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Old Mar 2, 2013, 6:35 PM   #6
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>>I'll look at the Canon 85mm 1.8

I'm thinking 85mm might be a better choice than 50mm, based on what I'm reading...
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If you're happy with the focal length,It's a very good lens...
http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/85mm.htm
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Thanks, Simon40.
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the sigma 1.4 is sharper then the canon 1.4 from f1.4 to 2.2, and for some, they like shooting that open for indoor portraits. When shooting on a nice day out doors, with the 1.4 stop down the canon stop down pass 2.2 is a sharper lens. Only the canon 50 1.2L is sharper wide open then the sigma wide open, and it is sharper then the canon 1.4 stop down.
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Thanks, shoturtle. I'll keep this in mind.
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