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Old Oct 19, 2012, 1:36 PM   #1
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I shoot landscape, wildlife, buildings and family. Do I get the kit lens and a nifty fifty or a 17-70? What is my best option? I own am older canon rebel lens that is 28-90.

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Old Oct 19, 2012, 2:31 PM   #2
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For architectural photography, you want to avoid lenses that have a lot of distortion. The Canon 18-55 and the Sigma 17-70 have more distortion than I'd like when shooting buildings. The 50 has almost not distortion, but it's a little long for stuff like that.

If you just want a general purpose lens, the Sigma 17-70 is a good choice.

Your old 28-90 probably doesn't have the digital coatings that prevent a type of flare that's unique to digital SLRs, and that's the focal length where it will probably happen most. It doesn't happen often, but you might want to avoid using it when there's a bright light source.
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So would I be best served getting just the sigma? Or the kit and the 50mm if you took everything into consideration? Probably going this weekend into manhattan. Is sigma good lens? Or garbage?
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The Sigma is one of the best large aperture standard zooms.

Do you have a particular purpose in mind for the 50? If you're looking for a good lens to use in available light, it's a good choice.
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So it sounds like I should avoid the kit lens and go with the Sigma. What would be the positive of getting the 50mm on top of the sigma? Can you get good bokeh with the sigma?
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Where their ranges overlap, the Canon 18-55 is better than the Sigma 17-70, but the Sigma is longer and faster.
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Now I'm confused as to what I want to get. The overlap is pretty big. It comes down to getting one or the other really and maybe another cheaper lens like that canon 50mm on top of the ones mentioned above. I have been out of photography for a while, and never shot a dslr. If you could have the 18-55 or the 17-70 which would it be? With the addition of another cheaper lens as a nice grouping. Doea it make sense to get. 50mm with either the 18-55 or the 17-70?
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For what you want to do, I'd get the 18-55, and save up for the 15-85. The 50/1.8 is a different issue; it's not expensive, so it won't significantly affect your progress toward the 15-85.
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Thanks for all your time TCav. You've been a lot of help. I'll get the 18-55,
And possibly the 50 this week. The 50 is something good to have, right?
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... The 50 is something good to have, right?
The Canon 50/1.8 is a nice lens. It's got some field curvature (soft corners) wide open, but stopped down a little it gets really sharp from corner to corner. And the large aperture lets you play around with shooting practically in the dark, and really play around with depth of field. It has a lot to teach just about anybody.
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