Debating on a lens...

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  1. jenn76

    jenn76 TPF Noob!

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    I shoot with a Canon 20D and have the basic lenses so far... 18-55 kit lens, 75-300, and a nifty fifty. I'm thinking about a 28mm 2.8... I love my nifty fifty, and I think I would like a 28mm also. I was shooting downtown in an alley the other day, wanted DOF, but couldn't use my fifty because I couldn't back up enough to get the shot I wanted (I was up against the wall already). The kit lens doesn't give me the DOF I wanted. So I can get the 28mm 2.8 for $180 at B&H... anyone shoot with it or have advice? Thanks!

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    I have a 28mm lens and I use it a lot for city shooting. It's great for when you want to take a picture of a building or something but don't want to stand in the middle of the road to do it.

    I can't really be much help as far as the particular lens you're looking at because my 28mm is on my old AE-1, but as far as the usefulness of a 28mm lens in general, I like mine.
     
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    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When I have to I stand in the middle of the road :p. If you want you can save up some money for a zoom lens with a constant aperture ex. 24-70 f/2.8 . But you would have to save up a lot.
     
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    Do you mean shallow DOF? You DOF (Depth Of Field) with any lens you use (as long as your subject is in focus).
    If you're trying to get a blurry OOF (Out Of Focus) background or bokeh you have to understand the mechanics of how DOF works...it's not only about using a wide aperture.

    Tutorial: Depth Of Field
    I don't have the EF 28mm f/2.8 but I think you might want a wider lens for tight spots. The best replacement lens for the standard EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens is the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. It costs a lot more than the EF 28mm f/2.8 but many people feel the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is worth every penny.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Rather than the 28mm F1.8, maybe consider the Sigma 30mm F1.4.

    Not only is F1.4 a lot bigger than F2.8 but the Sigma has very high image quality, probably a fair bit better than the Canon 28mm F2.8.
     
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    Yes, sorry, I did mean shallow DOF. Left out an important word, didn't I? That's what I get for trying to post when it's past my bedtime. :wink: And I understand about getting an OOF background... having the subject farther away from the background, etc... but in an alley, it's a tight squeeze, so to keep them away from the wall (background), I didn't have enough room to get the shot like I wanted it. I need a wider lens than my 50.

    I would love to have that lens, but that's not in the cards (or should I say wallet?) for me right now... I'd like to have something to "hold me over" til I can afford better glass.

    Thanks for your input.
     
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    Thanks Mike, I'll look at that one. :D
     

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