85 and 135 or 70-200

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  1. smartguy

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    I have a sigma 24-70 2.8 and a 50 1.8 on a 30D. I want something on the long end but I can't decide between a 70-200 (canon f4? tamron 2.8?) or an 85 1.8 and 135 sf 2.8 combo. I like to do portraiture which all of these lenses can do nicely, but I also like versatility because I'm not devoted to a specific type of photography. I like to have speed (which makes me unsure of the f4).

    To give an idea, in the past couple of months I've shot some photos in school for yearbook, a surprise party for my friend inside a church basement, and some outdoor shots when going to cut down a Christmas tree. Coming up I don't have anything planned specifically except a school fashion show fund-raiser which will require flash no matter what lens I use.

    Quick Version:
    85 1.8 and 135 2.8, tamron 70-200 2.8, or canon 70-200 f4
    (for mixed useage, indoor included)

    gracias
     
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    Have you looked into the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8? I have the EX DG HSM Macro version, and love it. It has a fast AF motor (HSM) which the Tamron lacks! I can't imagine not having USM/HSM on such an important lens! The Sigma is very sharp, and I can rely on it. I believe it's the same price as the Tamron is.
     
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    really?
    despite having a sigma lens (which i'm happy with) i've been nervous to go back to them. there are so many stories of bad copies. i figure i got lucky and it wouldn't happen twice.

    do you have any sample shots?
     
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    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sigma has quality control problems with some lenses, but this model doesn't have as many issues as other ones do. (apparently many 24-70 models get sent back)

    Anyway, here are a few. Most of the racing season, I had a little bit blurry photos, but at the end of the season, I realized that had to do with my filter! Removing the filter, gave me sharp images. Well, here they are.

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    nice shots
     
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    Spend the money and get this Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.
    This is one fantastic lens and you will bw amazed at how much you can do with it.

    This is probably the sharpest zoom on the market.
     
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    I would if i could. Well, i can but I would be saving up for 2 years. I really can't justify spending more than $800-$900 on a lens (I'm still in high school)
     
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    If youre not going to shoot in dark places or youre going to use some externam ligning Canon 70-200 F4 is a considerable lense also. Its fast, Sharp and its L :p

    But i agree that Sigmas 70-200 f2.8 is ok too! :) It might just be better for portraits as it gives you a lot smaller Dof!
     

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