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#1 Austin Millinder

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 01:24 AM

hey guys,

I have a canon 60D (with kit EF-S 18-135 3.5/5.6) and i'm looking to buy a new lens(s). should i get a) tamron EF 28-75 2.8 OR B) both the canon EF 50mm 1.8 and the canon EF 85mm 1.8?

are there other lenses i should look into? i want to be able to put it on a full frame if needed (so i want an EF). i'm open to suggestions!

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#2 Colum O Dwyer

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:36 PM

The Tamron is a handy lens, used it once, quarter turn gives you macro - inf, cramped focus but nice with a loose, handheld aesthetic.

50mm/85mm are both long lenses on the 60D with the crop factor, so only so useful version a fast zoom
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#3 Pavel Shpak

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 09:56 PM

I had a hard time myself selecting which zoom to buy, comparing tamron, sigma and canons together, in the end I went and got the canon. WHY?

I tried the sigma and the tamron in the field and returned them immediately, They do a lot of hunting, the sharpness is acceptable but not all that great.
I got the canon 24-70mm 2.8 L from ebay for about $1000 and you just cant go wrong. You'll wonder why you didnt get it sooner. And the bokeh is amazing on 2.8
I have a few video's I made using the Canon & and the 24-70mm at 2.8
here they are



there are more there with the canon 35mm 1.4 L
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#4 Austin Millinder

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:15 PM

id love an L lens, but i really dont have the money. I'm only 16 (but go to an arts highs chool for film) and i cant afford a 100$ lens. I'd absolutely love the 24-70 L though, if i had the cash. I'm going with the 50mm 1.4 for now, and maybe another zoom later.
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#5 M Joel W

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:12 AM

My recommendations are as follows:

If you're shooting video ONLY: get 28mm (and/or 35mm), 50mm, and 85mm f2.8 or faster manual focus nikon primes (used from KEH or eBay) with a canon mount adapter and then complement those with the kit lens (which is only a half stop slower than f2.8 at 18mm!). Old Nikon glass is as sharp (or sharper) than modern zooms, but has a prettier look, nicer bokeh, etc. BUT no image stabilization so put that 85mm lens on a tripod!

Or, for $550 get the Tamron 17-50mm zoom. I have mixed feelings about this lens. It seems to perform right on par with the twice-as-expensive Canon version and have better IS but the bokeh is inferior. For a gorgeous silky look...not my top pick, but still okay. For the money, though...it's a great lone lens. That said, f2 is useful and 85mm is a nice focal length (so is 105mm) so you may want to branch out.
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