Everyday lens help?

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  1. justjonny

    justjonny TPF Noob!

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    I have a canon 80D W/ 50mm 1.8 lens.

    I’m looking for something that’s more of everyday purposes. A few lenses that I’ve been looking at is a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens & the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens.

    Both check a lot of boxes off for me but can anyone recommend one over the other? Or even recommend something similar of these two? Many thanks!


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    First remark: the EF 1.8/50 is a great choice to start with.

    Second: if you did master the 50mm on a 1.6*crop body of semi professional quality I would certainly recommend something wider.

    If you hesitate try a 35mm lens.

    If you are daring go for a 20mm lens.

    I know people who managed to survive professional careers with an 85mm lens on film 36*24 sqmm.

    I know a guy who has at least 200 lenses and managed to survive one year of professional and personal use on one lens: another 85mm.

    50mm*1.6 equals 80mm!

    Master the lens you have. Invest in photo courses and workshops and meetings.

    Forget about equipment. It will come to you if you are ready.
     
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    justjonny TPF Noob!

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    I thought the 50mm I’d use as a portrait lens since it is 80mm after the conversion. I’m just curious for something that I could use on an everyday basis or for when I travel


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    Either of those would be a good choice. But what do you have in mind to shoot?
     
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    Traveling I find that 35mm or equivalent field of view is great. On my crop camera I use a 20mm lens for the purpose or I just take my Fuji X100T which is small and light and features superb image quality with a 2.0/23mm on a *1.5 crop.
     
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    davidharmier60 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I haven't seriously taken pictures since 1999. But even then I was all about the zoom. It's not fast glass but my fave EF is a Sigma 28-105 4-5.6.
    I'm a cheap dude. I run that lens on an EOS650 35mm.

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    If it's for general pictures and traveling. I would definately go with the 17-55.
     

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