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Old Aug 29, 2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I just got a new T1i, my first DSLR, and was wanting to look for a fast, normal view lens. I have been reading and I think something in the 28 to 35mm range would be about right. I will be using this for indoor photos of family, kids and such.

I am kind of torn though between the Sigma 30 1.4 and the Canon 28 1.8. Price wise they are not that much different, but I was wondering if the extra f-stop on the Sigma was worth going non-brand?

What would you do in the same situation?

I have a 17-85 and a 70-300 right now. I am already made my mind up to get the 430EX to compliments my current set and I can get another lens right now. One of the above probably.

Thanks for you insight.

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Old Aug 30, 2009, 5:25 AM   #2
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Both are fine lenses.

I had a very similar setup: Canon 20D, 17-85, 70-300 DO and 28 f1.8.

When I moved up to the 5D I sold my 28f1.8 and still regret it to this day. I loved that lens; the AF super fast and sure, the build quality is good, the rendering is very nice, pretty sharp at f2, especially on a crop sensor. lots of friends who have them now with Rebel cameras. The contrast is very nice when converting to BW too. Highly recommended.

I have no personal experience of the Sigma, but I personally prefer the colour rendering of Canon lenses (Sigma comes out too yellow for me, Canon is redder - this is a matter of taste), and from the samples I have seen I prefer the "bokeh" of the Canon. Neither are in the very top drawer, but the Sigma sometimes comes up very jangly and sharp for my taste. Both of these are personal preferences however. Do a search on pBase or Flickr and check out some samples.
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You might want to consider the Canon 35 F2 also.
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/157-canon_35_2_50d

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i have the 28 1.8 and i will echo what craig has already said.

great build quality, good af, and overall good image quality. imo u get a lot of lens for the money.
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You might want to consider the Canon 35 F2 also.
35*1.6 => 56

Which is a bit too telephoto for me.

28*1.6 => 45 which is just right. :-)

Also it's an older lens. The build quality is way short of the 28 and the AF motor is very slow and noisy by comparison. Some people like it though.
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Well, I found a great deal on a used Sigma 30 1.4, so I picked it up. I've only taken a few shots around, but so far am happy. I'll see how it holds up in the future.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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congrats, the 30 1.4 is a good lens. seen some good stuff over at jojo's lens tests with that lens. share some shots when you get a chance.
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