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Old Aug 31, 2007, 1:20 PM   #1
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So I'm probably going to be picking up a 30D in the near future and have been researching lenses to the point of confusing myself.

I typically like wide/wider angle looks, a lot of bokeh, and probably a significant amount of low light shooting. I have three lenses that I think I'd enjoy, but to a degree they seem a bit redundant in terms of focal length, so my question is does this lens selection make sense.

Tokina 12-24mm f/4 (love the ultra wide look. i live in CA so lots of good landscape opportunities)
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (seems like a good versatile walkaround)
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (good for low light situations and getting that nice dramatic bokeh)

Are these lenses at all redundant, should I look at things with a bit more range. I'm not a millionaire, so budget is a bit of a concern. I would probably spread these purchases out over time.

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I'm not so sure you're going to get "dramatic bokeh" with a 30mm f/1.4, unless you're taking photos of very close subjects. That's a pretty wide lens for getting better bokeh (and bokeh is one of the few things I've seen criticized about this lens).

It's probably a very good choice for low light shooting in close quarters though. I've considered one from time to time myself, as I'm shooting with a KM DSLR and my Minolta 28mm f/2 isn't quite bright enough in some lighting. You may also want to consider a slightly longer lens for portraits if that's what you're after.

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Thanks Jim,

So now I'm looking at the Tokina 12-24mm, A Sigma 17-70mm (to give me a little more zoom and more distinctive range from the ultra wide as a walkaround), and then probably a fast prime. A longer zoom is not something I think I particularly use very much, but might find I'd like one down the road. I guess now its between the 30mm f/1.4 Sigma or the 50mm f/1.4 Canon. My main concern is if I am shooting low light, it would likely be in tighter quarters indoors at a party, etc. where the 50mm doesnt allow me to fit enough in the frame.
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That 30mm f/1.4 would be great for that kind of thing (low light shooting in closer quarters) by most accounts. As I said, I wouldn't mind having one myself, since my 28mm f/2 is not as bright as needed in some conditions I want to shoot in without a flash, even at higher ISO speeds. It's on my wish list. lol

If you scroll down on this page, you'll find albums comparing this Sigma to multiple lenses from Canon:

http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/lenstests

Of course, in some lighting, you're going to want a flash to help minimize motion blur, keep noise down, increase depth of field by using smaller apertures, get more even lighting by bouncing a flash compared to what the room lighting may provide, and more. So, you may want to consider including one in your budget along with the lenses you want.


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Also have a look at the Canon 28 f1.8, makes for a very nice fast "normal" lens on the 1.6 crop.

I used mine a lot with my 20D.
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Old Sep 1, 2007, 6:32 AM   #6
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I typically like wide/wider angle looks, a lot of bokeh, and probably a significant amount of low light shooting. I have three lenses that I think I'd enjoy, but to a degree they seem a bit redundant in terms of focal length, so my question is does this lens selection make sense...

Thoughts?
The key question here is do you see a full-frame camera in your future?
As good as the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX is it wouldn't work on a full-frame...

One APS-C lens is fine (which you can bundle with the body on resale), but it looks like you're building an entire collection of 'digital' lenses only - You might want to check with peripatetic but as the full-frame bodies become more affordable, they may fit your photography style better (i.e. wide angle, low-light and lots of bokeh).
Ditto with the 12-24, Sigma has an excellent full-frame version here as well :idea:

-> I would go with a 17-50 first which will buy you more time to decide if a full frame is your forte... A lot of bokeh, wide-angle, low-light and especially high dynamic range in theses conditions are all characteristics benefiting from a full-frame.
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Thanks all. FF is very appealing to me on paper, but I honestly can't see myself spending over 2-2500K on a camera body alone in the near future unless I win the lottery, although its a good thing to keep in mind. It seems the used market is pretty strong for lenses, so I'd manage an upgrade in body and sell off whatever lenses I needed to if it ever came to that.

I think the 17-50mm or 17-70mm will definitely be my first lens pick up, then just go from there. I am now leaning back towards the Tamron for the constant aperture.

Right now I'm using a Fuji s6000fd so I like lenses that offer things that I can't get out of the Fuji, which is a pretty solid 28-300mm (35mm equiv) f/2.8-4.9.
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