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    Default low light lens recommendations

    i've been wanting a good low light lens for my next purchase. i've read some horror stories for the cheaper ones (for canon) that the auto focus breaks within a year. so, I'm willing to invest into an L series. Of course, due to the price tag, I would love to hear recos from the experts. What do you think - 85mm, 50mm, 35mm or something else? My main objectives are to get a good lens for outside shots when I'm traveling (nature, buildings, etc) and get better quality of car shots at night.

    anything else you would recommend?

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    You want a prime lens? What is your budget?
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    1700mm or gtfo


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    budget around $1500.

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    If you're using a crop body, your best bet is probably going to be the 35 1.4L or the 50 1.2L. On full frame, probably the 50 or 85 (the 85 1.8 is a suitable 85mm lens as well, I own one, and it's fantastic. Most people say it's not worth the money to upgrade to the L at 85mm). For your budget, you could probably pick up an 85 1.8 and a 24-70 2.8L, which would make a really nice pair. Primes are not the best for shooting random things, especially nature and buildings.
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    I'm having a tough time giving a recommendations because I honestly feel there is no REALLY good "all around" on a crop. 24-70 is not wide enough imo. I will have to think about this some more....
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    Yeah, being on a crop sensor'd camera really hurts your options here.

    A 35L would give you about 56mm on your sensor. you could also go with a 24L which would put you at 38mm (which conveniantly goes for about $1500 in amazing condition on the market)

    But in all honesty, I think you should look into a Full Frame camera before going crazy on glass. That way, you can sell all 3 of your current lenses, and camera, buy a 5D (MKI or 2) and buy 2 good L lenses that would suit your needs.


    I might be selling my 5D soon btw. hint hint

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy@ProjectX View Post
    Yeah, being on a crop sensor'd camera really hurts your options here.

    A 35L would give you about 56mm on your sensor. you could also go with a 24L which would put you at 38mm (which conveniantly goes for about $1500 in amazing condition on the market)

    But in all honesty, I think you should look into a Full Frame camera before going crazy on glass. That way, you can sell all 3 of your current lenses, and camera, buy a 5D (MKI or 2) and buy 2 good L lenses that would suit your needs.


    I might be selling my 5D soon btw. hint hint
    i think that's a little much. there's nothing wrong with a crop body camera at all. I would narrow it down MM wise, do you want something with a good reach to it? or something wider? the 70-200 2.8 IS is fucking amazing, i love mine. the IS is unbelievable, 1/20 handheld crisp as hell.

    Why not pick up the cheap, but awesome, 50mm 1.8, and test it for a while and see if you REALLY want a prime lens, and if you'd want something wider or with more zoom then that. Its only $100 bucks, that way you wont have a $1500 lens on your hands that you dont want.

    You can always borrow someones lens for a day or something and test it out. If you want to use one of mine sometime to test just let me know.

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    Sigma 10-20
    Canon 50mm 1.8
    Sigma 24-70 2.8
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