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Title: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: jebrady03 on December 12, 2011, 10:39:44 AM
I've recently been blessed with the great news that my wife and I are expecting our first child.  After a few days our talks migrated a bit towards video and pictures.  My current setup is:

60D (recent upgrade from the XSi)
60mm macro
15-85 (recent upgrade from the 18-55 that came bundled with the XSi - and sold with it as well)
55-250 (also bundled with the XSi but I kept it and have debated the benefits of going with the 70-300L since this lens isn't used very often - but when it is the pictures are often on once in a lifetime trip)

We're likely adding an HD video camera to the mix as my wife doesn't feel comfortable with the lack of full-time autofocus on the 60D.

Up until now, my primary use has been photographing my pet snakes.  The 15-85 and 60mm macro get that duty.  Secondary use has been any outings/trips (zoos, outdoor events, Australia, Costa Rica, etc.) we embark upon and that's where the 55-250 gets some use.

I'm coming from a realm far different than baby/portrait photography.  One where, in my circles, a deep depth of field is important to showcase an entire snakes body.  I often shoot between f8/f13 with my current lens lineup.  I'm looking forward to having a baby for many reasons but in the photography realm, I'm very excited about challenging myself and pushing my creativity by photographing people instead of scaly critters :)

I'm wondering what might be the best avenue for a lens that will pull heavy-baby-duty (especially indoors).  The 4 options I'm currently considering are:

60mm macro - I'm considering this because I've read a few reviews here and there that the other options I'm considering are best when stopped down to at least f2.8 and that's where this lens starts.  I already have it and am familiar with it - so why change?

50mm 1.8 - I'm considering this because of all of the rave reviews.  A lack of USM concerns me (just how loud is it? Loud enough to attract a baby's attention and ruin a "moment shot" or worse, wake a sleeping baby?) and I'm curious about the trade off of stopping down to increase DOF and the compromise of less light.  Also, is this focal length appropriate for baby shots on a crop sensor camera?

50mm 1.4 - I'm considering this because of the USM and more light gathering than the 50 1.8.  Same concern of stopping down and focal length.

28mm 1.8 - I'm considering this because the focal length/wide angle seems more appropriate for a crop sensor, its 1.8 max aperture, and the USM.

Cost really isn't a concern at this point (baby's not here yet, lol) as I'm okay with the price point of any of these lenses, but value definitely is a concern.  For example, I don't want to spend $100+ on the 50mm 1.8 if the 60mm macro I currently have is just as good of a solution (no value).  On the other hand, I don't mind spending $500+ on the 28mm 1.8 if it's the best solution for the job (great value).  I don't believe I'd like to go too much further than $500 though so something like the 50mm 1.2 would be out of the question.

So, any advice/guidance/experiences?  Are there other lenses I haven't considered and should (either inside the Canon portfolio or out of it)?

Thanks so much!
Jonathan
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: whatta on December 12, 2011, 11:08:51 AM
give a try also to the sigma 30 1.4. a bit faster than the canon 28 1.8 and said to be sharper. I find the focal lenght very useful. I have the canon 60 2.8 and it is a great lens but not fast enough. For me the fast normal prime has a great value.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: unfocused on December 12, 2011, 11:22:14 AM
Do you have a strobe? A 430EXII or a 580EXII ought to be in your bag for family pictures. Get a good diffuser for on camera use and experiment with it off camera for those occasions when you have time for more creative work.

As far as lenses go, I'd get the 50mm f1.8. It's dirt cheap and you'll never hear it over the baby's screams. :) Seriously, the noise issue is way overstated. It's a nice focal length on a crop body -- allows you to get in a bit closer without hovering over the baby.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: jebrady03 on December 12, 2011, 11:31:51 AM
Thank you both for the feedback.

I'll have to look into the Sigma 30 1.4 - definitely sounds intriguing.

And yes, I do have a 430 EXII.  Good thinking there :)
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: briansquibb on December 12, 2011, 11:34:50 AM
From personal experience I would choose the 50 1.4 over the 50 1/8 if the budget is OK. The bokeh is far better.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: whatta on December 12, 2011, 11:47:15 AM
Thank you both for the feedback.
I'll have to look into the Sigma 30 1.4 - definitely sounds intriguing.

have a look:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,2384.0.html
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: stringfellow1946 on December 12, 2011, 11:51:13 AM
I use the EF 50mm F2.5 Macro reputed to be the sharpest of all the canon 50mm lenses.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: Flake on December 12, 2011, 12:27:02 PM
Just to second the flash/strobe reccomend, the one camera flash is not good, and a proper one will open a whole new world of possibilies.

If you really want a lens then go for the 17 - 55 f/2.8 IS  Babies are quite still a lot of the time, especially when they're sleeping, other than that they're either feeding pooing or crying, none of which makes the kind of photos parents want!  6 months on & it's a different story, but the superb f/2.8 is going to be a flexible zoom that's as good as it's going to get.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: thepancakeman on December 12, 2011, 12:30:55 PM
These options are great for the first 6 months or so, but once the kid starts moving trying to catch (and frame) them with sneaker zoom can be a real challenge. 
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: branden on December 12, 2011, 12:41:31 PM
jebrady03 -- with what you have, I do not see you getting much more value from a 50mm lens, even if it's 2 stops faster. Your 60mm macro lens also happens to be right in the sweet spot for portraiture, and f/2.8 is plenty fast for that, especially when using the flash.

What I believe you'll find most useful is a fast 28mm or 24mm lens. The slight wide angle field-of-view from these focal lengths on the 60D is great counterpart to the 60mm lens's longer length. Here's a baby photo I took two days ago at 24mm on a crop-frame camera, with the on-body flash providing fill light (the child is 12 months):

(http://i.imgur.com/HAnlx.jpg)
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: neuroanatomist on December 12, 2011, 12:52:47 PM
I really like the 85/1.8 on a crop body for portraits, indoors and out (you many need a 3-stop ND filter outdoors).  It's fast and gives great OOF blur. 

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4124/5047278975_71a1a88f0d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/5047278975/in/set-72157624462568231/lightbox/)
Rebel T1i, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, 1/2000 s, f/1.8, ISO 100
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: unfocused on December 12, 2011, 01:25:07 PM
Oops. I first posted this on the wrong thread.

I get the assignment of shooting my grandkids for birth announcements, birthday cards, Christmas cards, etc. Some samples of what you can do with simple equipment. For babies, the simpler the better.

These were all shot either with the 15-85 (which you already own), some may have been with the 55-250 zoom (which you also own).

(http://unfocusedmg.com/Photos/Portrait_Gallery/images/Owen%20on%20Blanket%203%20B%20W%20copy.jpg)

Outside, on a warm day. Natural light (open shade)

(http://unfocusedmg.com/Photos/Portrait_Gallery/images/Reese11.jpg)

Also outside. Natural light.

Don't forget toes and fingers. They are a cliche but you have to have them. Natural light 15-85mm.

(http://unfocusedmg.com/Photos/Portrait_Gallery/images/Owen%20Toes%20B%20W2.jpg)

(http://unfocusedmg.com/Photos/Portrait_Gallery/images/Reese3handbw.jpg)

This was a single, off camera strobe and umbrella.
(http://unfocusedmg.com/Photos/Portrait_Gallery/images/Reese_1231_5.jpg)

When they get older, stuff like this gets easier. Can't remember if this is the 15-85, the 55-250mm or the 100mm f2.8 macro. Doesn't really matter. Just got on the ground to get to their level and used a longer focal length to keep some distance. Outside, local park, natural light.

(http://unfocusedmg.com/Photos/Portrait_Gallery/images/Owen_Reese_5010B.jpg)

My best advice: don't worry about equipment. The advantage that you have over a studio photographer is that you are with the kids almost all the time. You know them, so it's easier to set up shots where they will be comfortable. And, easier for you to anticipate their actions (sometimes). What you can capture, that no hired photographer can, are the little moments that give quality and meaning to life.

BTW: I really want to see some pictures of the baby and the snakes together. :)
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on December 12, 2011, 01:33:53 PM
Although a wide aperture lens is needed for very low light images, a 60D which does not have focus micro adjust to tweak the lens AF when wide open might be a disappoiintment.  The shallow depth of field at f/1.4 needs a very accurate lens AF adjustment, and the Sigma is noted for inaccuracy, even the 35mm L often benefirs from being tweaked to the actual camera body.

You might check the Canon Refurbs, they have 7D's onsale today at $1155 while they last.  All of their bodies and lenses are 15% off starting today.(no coupon needed)

http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_260463_-1
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: Leopard Lupus on December 12, 2011, 01:41:25 PM
Out of your 4 lenses, I would HIGHLY recommend the Canon 50mm f/1.4.
The build quality and image quality is quite possibly the best bang for your buck I have seen come from Canon, even thought the f/1.8 version is tempting, it is terribly cheap plastic (including the mount)!
I have shot with the 50mm f/1.4 on my 5D mk ll as well as the 60D. You'll be looking at an 80mm lens due to the 1.6 factor, but I find that length comfortable when shooting fast moving subjects to give them plenty of room.
Congrats on the newcomer!
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: wickidwombat on December 12, 2011, 05:33:10 PM
Although a wide aperture lens is needed for very low light images, a 60D which does not have focus micro adjust to tweak the lens AF when wide open might be a disappoiintment.  The shallow depth of field at f/1.4 needs a very accurate lens AF adjustment, and the Sigma is noted for inaccuracy, even the 35mm L often benefirs from being tweaked to the actual camera body.

You might check the Canon Refurbs, they have 7D's onsale today at $1155 while they last.  All of their bodies and lenses are 15% off starting today.(no coupon needed)

http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_260463_-1
I second that definately if you have a 60D stick with genuine canon lenses AND test the lens out in store to make sure its not focusing off back or forward because you cant adjust it in camera
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: elflord on December 12, 2011, 08:53:19 PM
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50mm 1.4 - I'm considering this because of the USM and more light gathering than the 50 1.8.  Same concern of stopping down and focal length.

Highly recommended -- this was my goto lens for my first daughter. I would take this over a slower (f/1.8) lens for the shallow dof and the better (as in more blades and therefore more round) aperture. It is a worthwhile addition even if you have a macro lens for the extra stops.

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28mm 1.8 - I'm considering this because the focal length/wide angle seems more appropriate for a crop sensor, its 1.8 max aperture, and the USM.

I had a terrible time with the image quality of this lens, and ended up going with the 35mm f/2 instead.

Some people really like using wide angle lenses to photograph children. These can produce really nice shots, but it is a big challenge to compose the picture because they pull everything into the background.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: JR on December 12, 2011, 09:51:36 PM
Well congrats on the new upcoming baby!  Of the lenses you mention I really like the 50 1.4 for babies.  On your 60D this will equate to 85mm which is a very good focal lenght for portrait.  You should also consider the 85 1.8 as some already pointed out.  For the 50mm, while I shoot mostly with my 1.2L, I still kept my 50 1.4 because it is a really good lens and very light too.  A definite keeper compared to a 50mm 1.8.

Good luck with the dadyhood!  Enjoy it!
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: MartinvH on December 13, 2011, 03:02:17 AM
You allready own the 60mm macro lens which is so sharp only baby's and children's  perfect skin can benefit from the added detail and sharpness it provides.
It will really show every little line or skintone in your face and I therefore highly recommend it over the 50mm 1.4 in your situation with the baby.

You allready have a great zoomlens in the 15-85 to cover the wider side , so I think you dont need extra lenses.
Buy a flash instead like the 430 exII /omnibounce to ad some extra light indoors for your 15-85 lens.

I would however have bought the Canon 17-55/2.8 over the 15-85 for the constant 2.8 aperture which really helps when taking pictures inside the house with the baby without a flash.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: whatta on December 13, 2011, 03:40:39 AM
test the lens out in store to make sure its not focusing off back or forward because you cant adjust it in camera
that is what I had done before I bought the sigma.. (it was not a scientific test though)

but I would still love to have AF-MA in my next camera, especially because it is only a software feature.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: jebrady03 on December 13, 2011, 11:19:07 AM
Thank you everyone for your replies.  You've definitely given me a lot to think about (which is what I was hoping for).  I think I'm leaning towards a wide angle prime right now.  As it is, I have triple coverage in the 50-60 range (15-85, 60mm macro, and 55-250) and when the 430EXII I have is thrown in the mix, I have a LOT of options in that range.  Granted, I don't have anything faster than f2.8 but what I do have there is very sharp.  So, that's why I'm thinking a fast wide angle prime would be the best addition.

But, I'm also considering throwing in the 50 f1.4 as well, perhaps as a gift to my wife as she enjoys the creative aspects of photography as well and I think a fast prime in that focal range would be great for her.

Down the road, I could see me adding the 85 f1.8 (hadn't even considered it until this thread) as well.

Thanks again to all and I look forward to any additional replies/recommendations!
jb
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: dstppy on December 13, 2011, 12:21:45 PM
60D (recent upgrade from the XSi)
60mm macro
15-85 (recent upgrade from the 18-55 that came bundled with the XSi - and sold with it as well)
55-250 (also bundled with the XSi but I kept it and have debated the benefits of going with the 70-300L since this lens isn't used very often - but when it is the pictures are often on once in a lifetime trip)
With the exception of the tele-zoom, you're in a really good place.  The 15-85 is hyper competent and very fast at focusing.  People like to get all artsy with baby photos, but in reality, the majority of photos you're going to want to keep/share will not be done  at narrow DOF.

Babies are less like snakes and more like monkeys . . . flea-ridden, plague-carrying monkeys.  ;D (you'll get that joke after you've gotten sick for the 3rd time in a season) -- seriously though, newborns are nice and still, after they start moving, they don't stop unless they're sleeping.  Stick with something that focuses fast.

I have and like the 50mm f/1.4, but it's best in lower light, or when you're trying to make a creamy-bordered portrait. 

Photographing your own kids is different from child photography as well, at least for me.  I tend to be very 'front row' for events/parties/etc.  On a crop body, that means most things above ~60mm are way too tight, especially there's action.  The 85 f1.8 is a wicked lens, but I'd prefer to shoot it on FF for that reason.  I've never felt it necessary to try and use the 60mm as a portrait lens . . . I really need to start using it more.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: 7enderbender on December 13, 2011, 12:46:12 PM
I also recommend the 50 1.4. Very very good for baby pictures even (or maybe even because of) it's a little soft when wide open. On your 60D it would be more like an 85mm lens, so depending on your preferences you may then add a fast 85 or fast 35 later. I say fast for two reasons: 1. more depth of field options (especially important for a crop sensor) 2. baby pictures in natural soft light are always a great option.

The build quality of the EF version of the 50 1.4 is not outstanding but good enough for most applications. A little normal care an permanently leaving on the hood should get you a lot of millage. I've no experience with the 1.8 version. The 50L just seems like a mismatch for the rest of your gear. Other options may be the Sigma 1.4 or any of the Zeiss manual focus lenses.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: RayS2121 on December 13, 2011, 12:50:02 PM
Considering the cropped body, some focal lengths would be too long and you seem to be well covered on the long end with the zooms.

For wide to normal primes for indoor ambient light shots, both 50 f/1.4 and EF 28mm f/1.8 are good calls.  EF 28mm would be near normal for the cropped body (~45mm) and 50mm would be a perfect portrait lens (~80mm). Plus they are versatile and can grow with the baby and future FF bodies.

There is a recent blog from Kirk Tuck on the virtue of wider shots for kids:  http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2011/12/magic-of-big-fat-soft-warm-rain-drops.html

EF 50 f/1.4 is a no brainer...excellent lens. Good build, quiet, fast. Get it if you can.

While I have moved to 24LII,  EF 28mm f/1.8 used to be in my roster and it is a very capable and highly underrated   lens. Take the snipers from the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 owners with a grain of salt. The Canon 28 f/1.8, unlike Sigma, is a full frame capable fast prime, and close down a tad to f/2, it is sharp and constrasty and you are still fast and low light capable even if you move up to FF. One of the fastest affordable non-L wide angles in Canon's list hands down.

Best with the new arrival! :)

Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: bigblue1ca on December 13, 2011, 03:14:54 PM
I have a 60D and love my 50 1.4 on it for taking portraits of my kids.  I tried the 1.8, but if a couple of hundred dollars isn't a big factor to you, I like the bokeh better and how it focuses with the USM vs. the 1.8.  This lens should serve you well into the future.  I also recommend the 430 or 580 flash with a diffuser and off camera cord, so not all of your pictures look like front on flash.  When you are done buying these items, start a savings account, you still have lots of time for when your child starts playing sports...that's what lead to my purchase of a 70-200 2.8. IS II....a lens I now love for everything from sports to portraits to everything.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: stan_tall_man on December 13, 2011, 03:33:27 PM
I've taken baby pictures professionally for several years and everything you've read so far has been great advice.  What worked best for me was the speedlight and my tamron 28-75 along with a sigma 10-20.  The super wide angle was by far the most useful lens when I was taking my kid places when she was very little, up until she was about 2.  I found myself always sticking next to her (for obvious reasons) and having that super wide angle was great because I could be very close and still get good shots with perspective.  Plus the super wide angle is a ton of fun for video.  I also have a 70-200 2.8 is, which is amazing but I didn't use it as much because I had to be so far away from my kid.  Just my 2 cents.  The 50mm 1.8 or other 50mm is great too, your macro may do just fine in all reality though.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: jebrady03 on March 07, 2012, 10:27:35 AM
I'd like to thank you all, once again, for the great advice you've given.  The time and effort you've put in is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

I believe I've narrowed down the focal length to ~28mm for a prime.  I was fairly set on getting the 28mm f1.8 lens from Canon, but since this thread was started and ran it's course, I've seen that the 28mm f2.8 IS should be available prior to my little girl (just had the ultrasound this past Friday to find out that it's a girl and I'm ecstatic!) being born in August.

I have three questions I was hoping to get some help for
1. Would the greater than 1 stop decrease in light gathering be well-compensated for by the IS in the lens?
2. What is the depth of the area in focus when shooting at 1.8 or 2 from 5 feet away?  10 feet?  (I know there's a formula to figure this out, I just don't know what it is)

If you couldn't tell from the nature of the two questions, I'm basically wondering if f1.8-f2.8 is truly a useful depth of field for this application and if it's usefulness outweighs the benefits of IS - especially in light of the fact that the technology (IS aside) in the f2.8 model is 17 years newer (my research has told me the f1.8 was released in '95).

I'm really leaning towards the 28mm f2.8 IS but I greatly respect y'alls opinions and would certainly be happy to save ~$300 by going with the f1.8.

Of course, the price is high but based on the press release, the build quality should be quite high as well.  And, we'd expect the image quality to be fantastic.  The final lingering question I have is
3. If the 28mm f2.8 IS is the way to go, should I forgo it, sell the 15-85 (which I LOVE dearly) and get the 17-55?

Still in quite a nasty conundrum!!

FYI, I have no intentions of going FF any time in the future.  Not saying it won't happen, but it's not in the cards at all.

Thanks for any insight you can provide!
jb
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: Tijn on March 07, 2012, 10:46:40 AM
+1 for the Canon 50mm f/1.4. It's got some haloeing wide-open (dreamy look, baby time haha) but greatly sharp from f/2 onwards. The further advantages it has over the cheap f/1.8 version is that it's much better built, that its autofocus is more silent and that it has full-time manual focusing enabled. That means that after you used autofocus, you can tweak it using the focusing ring without having to switch to manual focusing mode first.
On top of that, if you use smaller apertures with this lens, it's even more sharp than the 50mm f/1.2L version.

The 50mm focal length will do medium tight head shots from up close and medium portraits from a small distance. You can "zoom out with your feet". But since babies are small, you won't need to move so much at all. You'll probably get the hang of the focus after a bit of experimenting.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: Beautor on March 07, 2012, 12:15:42 PM
Without having seen any pictures using the unreleased 28mm F2.8 IS, the biggest difference you'll have between that lens and the 28mm F1.8 is the loss of one and a half stops of light. If you're stopped down to a higher aperture than F2.8 you'll likely appreciate the IS when using a slower shutter speed. But if your baby is moving at all in just ambient room lighting (without using your flash) that extra stop and a half of light that a F1.8 lens gives you, allowing a faster shutter speed, might be the difference between a sharp memory and blurry arms and legs. Personally with a wide angle prime like that, I'd rather sacrifice the IS for a much lower aperture; and saving $300 is always nice too.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: 00Q on March 07, 2012, 12:45:37 PM
first of all, congrats on the baby.

if you are going to keep the canon 60D. Get the sigma 50mm 1.4. It is the best 50mm out there at 1.4, bokeh is much better than the canon equivalent(cost more too). In case you are moving FF, the 50 will become a true 50 and will be very nice. otherwise the 75mm equivalent is a nice portrait for your beautiful baby.
Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: elflord on March 08, 2012, 09:46:38 PM
I'd like to thank you all, once again, for the great advice you've given.  The time and effort you've put in is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

I believe I've narrowed down the focal length to ~28mm for a prime.  I was fairly set on getting the 28mm f1.8 lens from Canon, but since this thread was started and ran it's course, I've seen that the 28mm f2.8 IS should be available prior to my little girl (just had the ultrasound this past Friday to find out that it's a girl and I'm ecstatic!) being born in August.

I have three questions I was hoping to get some help for
1. Would the greater than 1 stop decrease in light gathering be well-compensated for by the IS in the lens?

No. IS will help you shoot at slow shutter speeds but if you're shooting a baby you will want faster shutter speeds.

Also, the slower lens doesn't allow for shallow depth of field which comes in handy for baby shots.

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2. What is the depth of the area in focus when shooting at 1.8 or 2 from 5 feet away?  10 feet?  (I know there's a formula to figure this out, I just don't know what it is)

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html (http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html)

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If you couldn't tell from the nature of the two questions, I'm basically wondering if f1.8-f2.8 is truly a useful depth of field for this application and if it's usefulness outweighs the benefits of IS - especially in light of the fact that the technology (IS aside) in the f2.8 model is 17 years newer (my research has told me the f1.8 was released in '95).

Yes and yes. Prime lenses haven't improved radically in the last 17 years. With an APS-C sensor, you really want the fast glass -- f/2.8 with a wide to normal lens and a typical subject distance won't give really shallow depth of field on APS-C. I'd highly recommend the 50mm f/1.4 for that reason -- it's fast, cheap and produces beautiful images.

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Of course, the price is high but based on the press release, the build quality should be quite high as well.  And, we'd expect the image quality to be fantastic.  The final lingering question I have is
3. If the 28mm f2.8 IS is the way to go, should I forgo it, sell the 15-85 (which I LOVE dearly) and get the 17-55?

Maybe, but the 15-85 is a really nice outdoor lens and if you have some fast primes you may not have as much need for the 17-55.

Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: elflord on March 08, 2012, 09:56:56 PM
Thank you everyone for your replies.  You've definitely given me a lot to think about (which is what I was hoping for).  I think I'm leaning towards a wide angle prime right now.  As it is, I have triple coverage in the 50-60 range (15-85, 60mm macro, and 55-250)

These are all very different lenses. There's nothing from with having some overlap, what you want to avoid is duplicating function.

You wouldn't be duplicating function by getting a fast lens.

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So, that's why I'm thinking a fast wide angle prime would be the best addition.

28mm is a "normal length"  lens on APS-C. You won't get nearly as shallow dof as you would with the 50, but the fast aperture will help in low light.

Title: Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
Post by: Daniel Flather on March 09, 2012, 02:33:50 PM
Save up the monies, when they get to be 2+ years old you'll need 1 series AF to keep up.