Best walk-around prime lens for the 550d or 500d ????

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Best walk-around prime lens for the 550d or 500d ????
Mar 26, 2010

Hey guys

Just got a 550d/t2i. Yes I am ditching the 18-55m lens, and will be getting a higher quality lens, however it will also be a lot heavier, thus reserved for only certain uses.

However lets face it, one of the reasons why many of us bought this camera is because it is lighter/less bulky than a typical DSLR, while still having great abilities. Thus, for the days i am in a new city and want to walk around to discover it, but dont want to carry a heavy/bulky lens, I will need a light lens with me. True, the 18-55mm is very light, but what if I am prepared to trade-off the convenience of a zoom, purely in exchange for higher image quality, why still retaining (more or less) the light-weight factor?

Does anyone have any recommendations on this front? Personally, I have identified 4 contestants so far, that I need to narrow down to 1. Your advice/thoughts would be much appreciated!

Contestants so far:

  • Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

  • Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

  • Canon EF 35mm f/2

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