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Keep or sell??
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:12:14 PM »
I have a nifty fifty and am debating selling... or should I keep it? The other lenses I have in my bag (which all fit perfectly): Canon 135L f/2, Canon 85 f/1.8, Tamron 28 - 75 f/2.8, and Tokina 16-28 f/2.8. I feel as though the Tamron is a sharper lens than the 50mm, and it covers that range. Will I regret selling it? Part of me says, "keep it... it was a good deal and you won't make much on it anyway" (paid $84 for it new in 2009) and the other part of me says, "you'll never use it now that you have the 85 and the 135, which are better portrait lenses anyway".

Shooting with a 5D Mark II, if it matters. I do 90% portrait photography, mixed in with some landscape and macro (flowers and stuff).
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 01:45:25 PM »
Keep it. It's not worth the hassle of selling it for the $60 or so it's worth. I still bust mine out from time to time, maybe twice a year usually family events when I just want something light for a few quick snapshots.

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 02:19:26 PM »
Yeah, it's not worth much so why bother going through the trouble of selling it? I have one too somewhere and I'm pretty sure I'll never use it again. I still don't think it makes sense to sell it. Maybe as a part of a lot or something...
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 02:30:21 PM »
True, true... valid points. It's not like I need that little bit of money. Okay, I will keep it. Just out of my bag, and if I need it, it's up on the shelf.  :)
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 03:52:42 PM »
True, true... valid points. It's not like I need that little bit of money. Okay, I will keep it. Just out of my bag, and if I need it, it's up on the shelf.  :)

If you use something like LightRoom, take a look and see how many shots are taken at 50mm with your zoom and how many are taken with your 85 at f/1.8 or nearly wide open.  If you don't use the zoom much at 50mm or if you don't use the 85 much at large apertures, then sell your nifty fifty.  However, if you do use 50mm a lot and/or like the 85 wide open, then it might be that you just don't like the nifty fifty.  At that point, it might be worth considering upgrading at that focal length.

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 03:56:14 PM »
You could always keep it and send me the 135mm f/2L.  ;)
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 04:22:39 PM »
If you use something like LightRoom, take a look and see how many shots are taken at 50mm with your zoom and how many are taken with your 85 at f/1.8 or nearly wide open.  If you don't use the zoom much at 50mm or if you don't use the 85 much at large apertures, then sell your nifty fifty.  However, if you do use 50mm a lot and/or like the 85 wide open, then it might be that you just don't like the nifty fifty.  At that point, it might be worth considering upgrading at that focal length.

That's a good idea. I use Adobe Camera Raw/CS5. I could go through my RAW images and take a look-see. :)

You could always keep it and send me the 135mm f/2L.  ;)

If I could send you one, I would. :) It's so nice. It's really too bad it arrived in winter as I'm dying to get out with it. Soon!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 04:51:33 PM »
LOVE my Tammy 28-75 f/2.8 on my MkII!  Great lens for the $$!

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 06:09:32 PM »
You could always keep it and send me the 135mm f/2L.  ;)

If I could send you one, I would. :) It's so nice. It's really too bad it arrived in winter as I'm dying to get out with it. Soon!!

What's stopping you from getting out and using it? If the snow is 5 feet up over the door and you need to climb out the window to shovel out...alright, I understand. But otherwise? Why not? Winter can be very beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 06:16:21 PM »
I don't think it is worth selling unless you need to sell a camera with at least one lens.  I hardly ever use mine paired with the Tamron it is really only useful from f 1.8 to 2.8 stepped down any farther the my Tamron appears sharper.  That said it is not worth it for me to sale it. 

I am really looking forward to a new 50mm if they ever get around to it. 

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 06:23:06 PM »
You could always keep it and send me the 135mm f/2L.  ;)

If I could send you one, I would. :) It's so nice. It's really too bad it arrived in winter as I'm dying to get out with it. Soon!!

What's stopping you from getting out and using it? If the snow is 5 feet up over the door and you need to climb out the window to shovel out...alright, I understand. But otherwise? Why not? Winter can be very beautiful!

Full-time job during the day and when I get home, it's crap lighting. Also, it's cloudy and dreary every day. Soon, daylight savings time kicks in so I'll have time to play after work. And spring/summer/fall is my busy time. I just got the 135 on Tuesday.  ;) I do agree that winter can be beautiful!! I have 3 kids (5, 3, and 18 mos) so it makes going out to take some pictures somewhat chaotic but definitely not impossible.
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2013, 09:06:18 PM »
Get some extension tubes for it.

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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2013, 09:15:20 PM »
A 50mm prime of some kind is good to have even if it is only for occasional use. Granted f/1.8 is not that fast compared to f/2.8 zooms you have but still the nifty fifty is a crisp prime.

135L is a great performer indoors even is somewhat tight places... tight framing,while clearly a challenge, can produce some great pictures indoors.
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2013, 10:24:25 PM »
Keep it. If your 85mm fails, you'd have the 50mm as a backup and it doesn't weigh anything.

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2013, 10:31:49 PM »
Sell it.  You don't use it.  You're not going to use it.  What's the point of having it?

Use the proceeds to buy a 40mm f/2.8.  It will look prettier on your shelf.
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2013, 10:31:49 PM »