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Old Oct 29, 2011, 11:31 AM   #11
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Or just a wider prime, as you already have the 50. By adding say the 28 f1.8, you will be in a good position for low-light shooting.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 4:23 PM   #12
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As you've given more information in your later posts - my suggestion is probably 'outdated' now. Please let us know what you decide.

Peri... do you have the 28mm f1.8? If so... what's your opinion of it? From memory you have a 35mm prime (too?), right?

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Old Oct 31, 2011, 3:46 AM   #13
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I used to have the 28 f1.8 -> 45mm equivalent on crop.

Loved it! So did/does Dustin as I recall.

The 35 f2 -> 55 equivalent was too long for my taste and it's a very old design with a noisy AF motor and relatively poor build quality.

The 28 by comparison has very fast and silent AF and is much better built. Just like the 85 f1.8.

I sold mine when I moved to FF, but it's the only lens I've sold that I've ever really regretted. I have had my eye on getting a new one, but really I'm waiting (probably in vain) for an updated version of the 35 f2 that I can use with my 5D2. I have no interest in the 35 f1.4 - too big, too heavy, too expensive, too professional looking and I really don't need f1.4.
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Peri...

Thanks for your detailed, understandable and helpful reply... much appreciated.

I have decided some time ago that in the future I will only buy lenses with USM (or equivalent) focus.

In that way, I'm waiting for a new Canon 50mm f1.8 (vIII) - that has USM, solid build quality, sharp wide open, smooth bokeh and can focus relatively close (obviously I don't mean for it to be a 1:1 macro), but say +/- 40cm MFD would be nice.

Like you, I might not need f1.4 (makes everything bigger, etc - plus dof gets razor thin for many applications...)

If I ever find a good 28 f1.8 lying around (or for sale at a steal) I'll be sure to give you the heads up.

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Thank you. The sigma 30 f1.4 and the canon 28 f1.8 look very interesting... also the 85 f1.8...
But not sure if I should go the prime route right now...
Would the sigma 17-50 OS be much of an improvement over my 18-55 IS?
Also reading some more found about the Tammron 17-50 (non IS) which is supposed to be very sharp. What are your thoughts? I found some people complaining one side was sharper than the other?! Is its AF speed good enough for kids and dogs?
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The Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS is probably as good a stabilized large aperture stardard zoom as there is for anywhere near it's price. Where their ranges overlap, it's better than the 18-55 kit lens.

The Tamron 17-50/2.8 non-VC is probably as good an unstabilized large aperture stardard zoom as there is for anywhere near it's price. Where their ranges overlap, it's better than the Sigma. It's just not stabilized.
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