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Opinions on Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
« on: April 09, 2012, 04:08:39 PM »
Hello all,

For my first Canon, I've posted before, I'm getting the kit 24-105 lens (5Dmk3 body).

I'm looking for bang for my buck prime lens to go with this...on a budget.

I just came across the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM out there....can be had for about $550

I had almost convinced myself to to the slightly higher route for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, as that I'd heard this was almost on par with a "L" lens, but that it was much faster than many other lenses, but was sharp...etc.  And I read it was a classic "bang for the buck" lens in the $420 price range.

So, now...I'm stuck, and don't know which way to go.  I was starting to think wider angle...might be better for shooting some video, especially for cooking and stuff where you're shooting close up things (chopping, etc).

I'm researching myself into confusion and inaction at this point. I just dunno what to get....

I'm wanting to purchase all online and at the same time, to take advantage of 12 mos no interest payments...so, not like I can buy the body, and then the lens...I'm trying to get the best I can from research and reviews...

I know...not the best way, but economically, hoping I can get what I need.

Anyway, opinions and suggestions please?  I'm not only looking for video, but best set up for stills too...at least for the first year after purchase.

Thanks in advance,

cayenne   :o

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Opinions on Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
« on: April 09, 2012, 04:08:39 PM »

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Re: Opinions on Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 09:22:54 PM »
I have shot with both. And both are great. The decision is up to you on whether you want the tele or you want the wide angle.

Build quality is similar and optics are great on both.

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Re: Opinions on Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 01:27:13 AM »
I've the 28 1.8 and 100 2.0 pair.
Love em both.   
The 28 is on at least 22% of the time for stills (via ApertureInspector), but less so for video.

Bad light and being able to be on my feet moving around it remains the fav - and I move it it between the 7d & 5d2 depending on proximity and angle. 

Easy to follow focus without gears hand held on a body-lens-only config.
Focusing ring rotates about 90 degrees from min to inf. A nice comfortable range, vs. 180 deg on the 50 1.4.

However, as soon as you have good lights, less chance to move around, etc, you want to reach for the zooms. Tammy 28-75 2.8 sits in the bag just for this.

I love IQ in the 28. It's a different character than the 35L. Shooting usually at 2~2.8, I still find that I touch the contrast and sharpening a bit.

Price is a deal. Build is better than the 50 1.4 (had mine rebuilt twice). Less play in the focusing ring. No extending front element during focusing (keeps more dirt out, safer in quick lens swapping).
5D3 | 600D | EOSm | Samyang 8mm 3.8T | Samyang 14 2.8 | 17-40 | 28 1.8 | Sig 35 1.4 | 40 | 50 1.4 | 100 2.0 | 135 L | 70-200 4L IS + x1.4mk2 | Nippon Kogaku 50 1.4 (1965) | Nikkor 43-86 (mid 1970s) | M: 22

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Re: Opinions on Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 01:27:13 AM »