Buying Lenses

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  1. cardonalj

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    For the last couple of days, I've been looking at adding to the lens I already have. So far I've come up with Canon EF 70-200 f/4L and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. Can anyone that used these lenses give any advice? I want to get a Telephoto lens and I heard the 50mm f/1.8 is a reliable lens, tho I heard the latter is built "cheaply." If that was the case, should I go with the 50mm f/1.4? As you can see from my sifnature, I currently use a 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. Would the other two lenses complement the existing one?
     
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    for the price the 50mm 1.8f (nifty fifty) just cant be beat....then the 70-200 f4l lens also is a great lens....however in any lens choice what you will be shooting had a big influence too might be overkill might not be who know why you want these? im guessing since you tossed the 70-200 lens out there that you arent to worried about price
     
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    Which one? With or without IS?
    Yes, it's built cheap. It's mostly plastic and doesn't have the best build quality. It's been known to fall apart when bumped a certain way, but you can reassemble it easily.
    I would. I have the EF 50mm f/1.8 II and wish I held out to get the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (which I'll be getting soon). The f/1.8 tends to hunt for focus a lot and makes a unnerving banging sound as the focus motor moves the lens elements back and forth trying to get focus. It does take sharp pictures but the bokeh is much nicer/smoother with the f/1.4 USM.
    You need something wider to complement what you already have...at least 18mm or shorter. Not sure how much you'd want to spend so can't make any recommendations.
     
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    Sam, I think I was looking at the one without IS. Its relatively cheap (600 I believe) for a L series lens. I'm prety muchs sold on the 50mm f/1.4 from the reviews I've read.

    As for "something wider to compliment what I have" what exactly do you mean by I shoudl go shorter?
     

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