Choosing prime lens for Canon 7D

Started Aug 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
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irmao1 Regular Member • Posts: 133
Choosing prime lens for Canon 7D

Hi everyone.

My name is sergio, portuguese and i own a powershot s95. The reason that a bought this one, was first because i needed a small camera (pocketable) but with manual controls so i could learn fotography. And i did. I’m not that kind of person that is always buying cameras and do not like to sell and buy stuffs but now a need and want to step up to a new battle. A lot of people says that we should buy a good lens first and a cheper body and then replace the body. But as i said, i do not feel well on selling and buying cameras all the time. It isn’t me.

So i’m thinking on buying a Canon 7D or, because of my budget a 60D. I can spend 2000euros. I will just buy canon.

I analised my photos and i realised that most of then are shot in 28mm (75%), 50mm (15%) and the rest with other focal lenght.

I shot portraits, landscapes and indoors ( the f2.0 of the powershot is a must), so i need a fast lens and also want to try something new ( like tele photo – does not need to be now).
I really do not want a kit lens.

My idea, and since i’m not a professional and this camera is to last some years, is to buy a prime lens in the beginning and after that to expand accordingly my needs with a zoom lens.

I was thinking in something like a 35mm f/2.0 and a 85mm f/1.8. These two lens and the camera is about 2000euros. With this i travel light and if i want other focal lenght or portability i still have the s95.

I really love the 7D, and since i want a camera with 2 dials, the only option is the 60D.
I need your advice. I now have this options:
1 – Canon 7D + 35mm f/2.0 + 85mm f/1.8 – 2000 euros
2 – Canon 7D + EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM - 2400 euros
3 – Canon 60D + 35mm f/2.0 + 85mm f/1.8 – 1620euros
4 – Canon 60D + EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM – 1900 euros
5 – Canon 60D + EF 17-40mm f/4.0 USM L – 1800 euros
I can also buy a 7D with a 35mm and see how things flow…

So can you help me choosing my system? Can i think like this? Or you thing i shoul buy another system.


Leave you with some of my photos taken with my powershot S95.

 irmao1's gear list:irmao1's gear list
Canon PowerShot S95 Canon EOS 7D Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM +1 more
Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 7D Canon PowerShot S95
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