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Canon General / Re: Suggestions on new Canon DSLR -- thinking 60D
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:07:10 PM »
let me first say, "welcome to a lifetime of always wanting more gear!"

You can't go wrong with the 60D, but other than build there is little difference between it and a t3i.  Since this is your first dive into the DSLR world I'd save the few $100 on the camera.  In fact since a t4i is likely to be released soon if you can hold off a month or two then you could pick up a new t3i on the cheap.  As for lens, the kit 18-55 is junk, but a good starter.  From my experience the 18-135 is better than the 18-200, but different strokes for different folks.  A lot of people like the 15-85 or even the 28-135, but you honestly aren't getting any real stellar lens out of that line up so just go with what feels right to you.  I think the 18-135 is a great starter you can go from moderate wide to moderate telephoto in one piece of kit.  I still have the one I purchased several years ago and it is permanently attached to an older rebel that makes appearances on vacations and when ever my wife wants to take photos.  Stop it down to f7.1-f11 and it takes decent to pretty good shots.  If you can swing it get the 17-55 f2.8, that is, by and large, the best zoom for crop senors.  If not and you pick up one of the super zooms above do yourself a favor and pick up a 50 f1.8 or if you want to spend a little more a 50 f1.4, 28 f1.8, or 85 f1.8.  Lastly as above a good imaging program is needed.  Lightroom, or if you own a Mac, Aperture are both the places to start.  IMHO Aperture beats the tails off of Lightroom simply because your workflow is streamlined.  Good luck and happy shooting!

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:57:33 PM »
budget aside 1.2, however if you asked what's the best value for your lens $ in the canon 50mm line up, it's hard to argue with the 1.8 or 1.4  The 1.2 does not, at least in my mind, justify it's price tag.  Probably more important questions of whether one would buy this lens without the constraints of a budget (which seems very rhetorical) is what you plan to shoot with it, what your current kit looks like, and whether or not you make, or plan to make, $ off your captures? 

Lenses / Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 HELP
« on: May 15, 2012, 11:42:29 PM »
Buy the 17-55. I have one and it's awesome. Worst case you want to sell it in a few years (highly unlikely), if so the used prices of that lens will mean you're only out a few hundred at most. Consider it a long term rental fee.

Any way you decide you'll be happy. Never used the 85L but it has always seemed to me to be a specialty lens designed for pros working in controlled environments in studio or on location so the claimed slightly slow af etc doesn't really matter. I think you'll be happy with a collection of a few primes for low light/bokeh then you can get away buying one of the 70-200 f4 zooms because you won't need the 2.8 version.

I've also debated the 50L a few times, but I never thought it was 4 times better than the 1.4 (as the cost difference should suggest), similarly I never thought the 1.4 was 3 times better than the 1.8, so I have always stuck with the cheap plastic of the 1.8.  If Canon ever releases a 50 1.4 mark ii with true ring usm then maybe I'd consider the upgrade.  Honestly if you are shooting the family you'll probably never be below f 2-2.8 as the depth of feild will be so shallow unless your subject is completely still you'll miss more shots than you get.  I like the suggestion above of the 135L, you can buy that plus a 50 1.4 for the same price as the 50 L.  For that you'll get two fantastic low light action stopping lens with great bokeh vs just one.  The 50 1.4 will be great for indoors with limited working space and I have a feeling you'll love the 135L for anywhere you have more working space.  If you are willing to look at non L glass, then the 28 1.8, 35 2.0, or the 85 1.8 are also good options. 

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