New Lens F-2.8

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  1. Stevedevil

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    Have been reading a lot on the forum over past few days and will say a Hugh thanks to a lot of people with some great advice, I am looking to purchase a new lense for my kit, and looking at my lenses F stops ( 3.5 and 4 ), have been reading a lot with respect to f-2.8 and f-1.8.

    I find myself asking what lense to purchase, not just for f stop & cost, but range, whether a fixed lens say the Canon 50mm f-2.8, or a zoom the canon 70-200mm f-2.8, as I am looking at portrait photography.

    I dont think I will have the funds to meet the f-1.8, but if you think this would be more worth saving for then I will..

    Also I dont want to get a lens that will only be usefull for portrait, at the mo I have 18-55mm f 3.5, 28-80mm f 3.5-5.6, and a 70 - 300mm f 4-5.6, and would consider adding the same length if the f stop would be an advantage.

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    Patrice No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You have a fair range in zooms right now. In most situations the lenses you have right now will be more than adequate. Fast, ie: f2.8 zooms are usually very expensive and for most photographs the price premium is hard to justify. A f1.8 50 mm prime has been called the 'bargain of the century', you will likely be avle to buy a new oner for about 100 pounds or less, it will be very sharp, very good and excellent for portraiture and for low light situations.
     
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    I agree with Patrice, the 50mm f1.8 is a bargain of a lense and very sharp. Great for lower light situations. I got one used in Canada for $100 including 4 filters in top notch shape.

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    OK Thanks, I will have a look
     
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    I think probably every canon shooter owns either the 50 1.4 or 1.8. =) Cheap and fantastic optical quality.
     
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    Had the 1.8 until I upgraded to the 1.4. Great lenses.
     
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    If you are U.S. based: Amazon.com has the 50mm 1.8 for $76.94 which is tax free.. and NO shipping cost. Super-cheap. Just make sure you select Amazon and not another company (there are several companies that sell that lens through the Amazon site) to get that price.

    ETA: Just figured out you are in the UK... well here is your price: "£64.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery"

    Had to cut and paste since my keyboard only has the $ sign... (it's a pain to find other characters)
     
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    f1.8 is referred to the prime lense (i dont think you can get a zoom lense with f/1.8.....at least not consumer affordable level)....usually the most favourite 50mm f1.8...it is actually almost the best value lense that you can find from any lense family......also cheapest (almost i think)......retail price at $179 from nikon.ca....but you can get it for less on street
     
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    I got the pentax 50mm 1.4 a few months ago and LOVE it. you really dont understand how much a small aperture helps low light situations until you actually use one.
     
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    I have just brought the Canon EF 50mm f 1.8, and for £ 53-00 so a bargain i must admit, thanks to all the input you have given, I will be using it this weekend, and will see how the results go on Natural light, Thanks all

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    get ready for some serious DOF
     
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    Lens Arrived Yipee

    Already took 50 shots and WOW what a DOF

    I will be using it on the family this weekend, and Im sure they will get bored long before I will.

    Thanks to all the input

    Will post some photo's later

    Cheers

    Steve
     

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