50mm usm vs 28mm usm???

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  1. imgrizzlybear

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    i have a dilemma. right now i have 50mm 1.4 usm lens. its a great lens and i cant ask for anything more, that is if i were to have a full frame camera. sadly though i have a 40d, which is cropped sensor. sooo the 50mm would be equal to about 80mm. thats just not making me happy because i usually shoot on location in tight spaces and the 50mm is only letting me take shots of faces. so i saw the 28mm 1.8 usm lens. but the thing is, it has wayyyy less review than that of the 50mm on bhphotovideo.com about 230 reviews less. so which one should i sacrifice for? anyone here have a 28mm?
     
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    That statement alone should make your decision an obvious one. If you can't get the photo you want because of the focal length, then image quality doesn't matter. You could always go with the 50 f1.8 and the 28 f1.8.

    Just my 2 cents ( I never shot with that lens)


    btw..... your post gave me a bit of a headache.
     
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    You don't mention what kind of subject it is that you are shooting so I would give you this one thought in case it applies. The 50mm on the 40D is not equal to an 80mm. What you are getting is a crop that is equal to an 80mm. It seems like a small thing, however could be important. Focal lengths all have certain characteristics. A 50mm is considered a normal lens because it "sees" the closest to what the human eye sees and projects that vision.

    When you start getting lenses that are wider than 50mm they tend to exagerate facial features. Above 50mm they tend to compress facial features just a bit. Much more pleasing. This does not change between full frame sensors and crop frame sensors. If you are shooting portraits, maybe not the thing to do, although I have seen some nice fisheye portraits in my lifetime. Just not my style. Just food for thought.
     
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    imgrizzlybear I'm facing the same dilemma and was wondering if you went ahead with the 28mm? How do you like it?
     
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    Call me a snob but I really hate putting anything but Canon glass on my camera, I've bought and used Tamron, Cosina and Tokina glass before and have only been happy with the Cosina. Aside from those reasons I'd like to get into the 20s at least for focal length.
     
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    Is f/2.8 fast enough? The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is what I'm using in that range of focal lengths. It's twice the price of the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, but someone's got to stimulate the economy, right?
     
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    Or how about a great tele? They can be much more expensive, but much more useful in portraits. I have done them so far with my 70-200, an expensive lens, but a stellar one with bokeh and clarity. Granted you need a radio to contact the model or customer, but you can't beat the results.
     
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    2.8 just won't cut it, I'd like to be shooting at 2.0 or 2.2. Telephoto would defeat the purpose. Thanks for the suggestions though.
     
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    It sounds like you've already selected the one lens that fits your criteria.
     

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