The photographer and the lens
January 30, 2008 1:44 AM Subscribe
What lens to buy?
posted by oxford blue to Shopping (23 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking of upgrading my lens arsenal.
To wit, what say you about the following combination to replace my Canon 50mm 1.8 II.
-Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
-Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
-Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
My interests are pretty eclectic, and I don't particularly restrict myself to one style or the other. However the plan is to slowly turn photography from a hobby into a source of income; as such I want to do more free lance gigs (I've done a few already), and expand my stock portfolio.
Would this combination of lenses work well? I know there is nothing truly wide, but Canon doesn't make an affordable (i.e non L) and fast prime that's truly wide, especially on a x1.6 sensor. I figure seeing how used I am to shooting on 50, it will feel, comparatively, 'wider'.
A possible alternative, that I'm not wild about, is simply getting the 17-55 2.8 IS. However I'm much in love with the speed and quality of primes, as well as their low weight and that they are pretty cheap. Plus, I'd like to keep my options open if I decided to switch to a full frame camera (EF-S lens aren't compatible) at some stage in the future.
I'm not really sold on third party lens. The gestalt seems to work better when it's homogenous.
Can you see any weaknesses? Something I've forgotten? Any advice would be swell.