Lens advice for an SLR beginner

Started Feb 21, 2011 | Discussions thread
The Ninjalectual Regular Member • Posts: 302
Re: Keep it simple... Good Advice.

Bronze Age Man wrote:

The 50 mm f1.8 is too long on a crop camera for anything but head & shoulder portraits. It has to be stopped down a few stops to get the quality it is capable of.

As a general lens it will see little use. The Sigma 30 mm is a far better place to put your money.

No, the Sigma is a better place to put YOUR money. You don't know whether that's true for anyone else. For example, I used to own the Sigma 30mm/1.4 and found its borders to be too soft to be useful for anything. Should I tell YOU that the 50mm/1.8 is a better place to put your money?

The 85 mm f1.8 should be kept in mind as an excellent well priced lens, or the 100 mm f2; good reach (160 mm on a crop) very sharp with lots of light and not too large or heavy. I use mine a lot despite owning a 70-200 IS zoom.

Agreed, both lenses are very good at what they do, and provide great bang for the buck.

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