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Old Feb 24, 2009, 1:29 PM   #1
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can anyone recommend a good all around versatile fixed focal length lens for my 40D? i only have a 28-135 right now.

i will be leaving for china next month.
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Old Feb 24, 2009, 4:38 PM   #2
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There are a number of good fixed focal length lenses for the 40D. What matters is the focal length, the maximum aperture and the cost.

For instance, there's the 50mm f/1.8 for $85 and the 28mm f/2.8 for $200, and then there's the 24mm f/1.4 for $1,700 and the 85mm f/1.2 for $1,870.

Your 28-135 should have given you an opportunity to shoot at various focal lengths. What focal length lens would you like to get?
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Old Feb 25, 2009, 6:51 PM   #3
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all around versatile prime for an APS-C Canon - 60mm macro. It is for me :-), I don't know which one will suit you better. It's hard to recommend something without knowing your budget, what you usually shoot and what your preferences are.
A fast prime in 28-50mm range will be useful, UWA zoom even more so on a trip to China, but that's only my opinion, YMMV.
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Old Feb 25, 2009, 7:10 PM   #4
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thanks for comments and good questions. i guess i would have to say my budget is around $400 to $500, i want something good, but i can't really afford much more at the moment.

i like shooting macro, i like your idea on that, 60mm sound pretty good also.

i need to research what APS-C is.

what wouldyou consider to be UWA zoom.

fast prime as you indicate sounds good.

thank you, all good ideas, which give me something to 'focus' on.

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i like shooting macro, i like your idea on that, 60mm sound pretty good also.

i need to research what APS-C is...
IMO a macro is a pretty specialized lens to be getting only an APS-C only version... What if you need to use this lens on a different camera later?

-> Check out the full-frame Sigma as well - This lens is probably one of the sharpest at this moment and it's distortion is so low that it's being used by Dxo as a standard lens to test all their full-frame cameras:
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/964/cat/30

"The Competition

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM ~$360-499
As it's an EF-S lens, we don't have test data for the Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro on a full-frame body. On our 20D test body though, the Canon loses out to the Sigma on multiple fronts. It's not as sharp, particularly at f/2.8, and its chromatic aberration is somewhat higher as well. Geometric distortion is similar between the two lenses, but the Canon's shading performance is worse by a factor of two from f/2.8-f/4.0. (The Canon's shading is also higher at f/5.6 and above, but is so low in absolute terms that it's not worth discussing.) Overall, the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 is the stronger performer here.
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what wouldyou consider to be UWA zoom...
This one (it's practically a prime):
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/37..._canon?start=1

-> Check its border and extreme border sharpness (MTF) vs any Canon's
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Old Feb 27, 2009, 6:31 AM   #7
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60mm is a really nice lens and I like it a lot. For me it was better than 70mm Sigma, simply because it's the focal length I like, it doesn't extend during focusing, USM AF is quite fast for non-macro shooting, it doubles as a nice portrait/all-around lens and last, but not least - it was cheaper than Sigma :-).
As for UWA zooms there is a good choice for different budgets in no particular order:
Tokina 11-16
Canon 10-22
Sigma 10-20
Tokina 12-24

Your 28-135 IS is a nice lens, which quite often gets bad rep on photo forums, but on 40D it is not wide enough for shooting vistas and you will want this option in China.

With your budget I would get (in this order of preference):
1) Tokina 12-24mm f/4
2) either Sigma 30mm f/1.4 or Canon 28mm f/1.8
3) Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 + Canon 50 f/1.8 if you can stretch your budget a little.

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Joe,

I'm still unclear - what shooting need are you trying to fulfill? Primes of any kind tend to be more specialized tools. What is it that you're trying to photograph where your current lens is letting you down?
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Well, i'm a serious amatuer at best. i'm more used to shooting with a fixed focal i guess, and the zoom creep on my 28-135 is annoying. i like the option to shoot macro, i travel often enough and like to shoot scenery, animals, people in day to day life shots, etc.

i checked out both the sigma 70mm macro, and canon 60mm macro, they both sound good, price is too close to sway me one way or the other. only 4 reviews on b&h for the sigma compared to 54 on the canon. does that mean anything? i'm just learning about the full frame business, this is my first dslr, if the sigma 70mm is similar to full frame 105mm, what is the comparison to the 60mm.

i'm used to shooting with my old F-1, and 50mm, 1.4 that's sort of the angle of view i'm looking for, with macro option.

thanks all.
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i'm just learning about the full frame business, this is my first dslr, if the sigma 70mm is similar to full frame 105mm, what is the comparison to the 60mm.
This is why I cautioned you... What will your next dSLR be?
I have a 10D, a 1D MrkII and a 5DII which I'm trying now that does not take the EF-S 60mm, but all will work fine with the Sigma 70mm macro

IMO it's up to you as 60/70 are close enough in focal lenght, but one lens will be more flexible than the other as your experience grows



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i'm used to shooting with my old F-1, and 50mm, 1.4 that's sort of the angle of view i'm looking for, with macro option.
This would be a 30mm f/1.4 on a 40D, but alas no macro...
... May be this 'macro' is close enough: http://www.sigma-photo.com/lenses/le...mp;navigator=4
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