Picking a standard prime lens for Canon EOS Rebel T4i(650D)

Started Dec 30, 2012 | Questions thread
Matty W Regular Member • Posts: 206
30mm for sure! (or 85mm for portraits)

npostolati wrote:

Hi everybody!

I am an beginner photographer, about to buy Canon EOS 650D body only, and I have hard time picking a lens. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated. Here is a list of specifications:

1) Prime (not interested in telephoto lenses)

2) Durable built, high quality glass.

3) General purpose lens (portraits, people, still compositions, scenery)

4) Doesn't have to have Image Stabilization.

5) Must let a lot of light; high image quality.

6) Has to have an ultrasonic motor or quiet motor for video making.

7) Lens should have reduced vignetting.

Right now I am looking at two lenses:

Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM and Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DC HSM.

My main goal is to get the high quality of the finished image, not the zoom or flexibility of the telephoto lens. My budget is $450, but flexible. Thank you for your help!!!

Because 50mm is a stupid focal length on APS-C. And even 35mm is just a little bit too long...

85mm is very nice for portraits. Feels like 135mm on FF. Feels good.

My most used lens on my Mark III is a 50mm f1.8. Love the focal length. Your mileage may vary, but I doubt it. 50mm is a hard focal length to use well on APS-C. Takes a real artist to get past the boring rendition of perspective.

For video you will want more than one focal length but 30mm is very appealing.

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