Point me to some Fast prime lenses.

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  1. RyanLilly

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    Ok, I have no money now, but I am planning on purchasing a used canon 20D or maybe a 30D and at a minimum a 50mm 1.8, and maybe a fairly typical walk around lens.

    My other consideration is that, I am a theatre student and am working to build my design portfolio, and almost any zoom lens is too slow to accurately capture my lighting designs during theatrical and dance performance(within my price range at least). The 50mm f1.8 with a higher ISO will probably do the trick in some cases like small venues, but I think that 50mm will end up being too short in many cases. I cant really walk around on stage during a show.:lol:

    I have looked around online for some longer prime lenses, but I cant come up with much. I'm not sure exactly what length(s) I am looking for yet. But Id like to look at what options I have.

    If anyone can point me to some sites I would appreciate it. I'm just trying to price everything now, so I know how much pocket change I need to collect.
     
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    What is your budget.....?

    The fastest telephoto prime in Canon's line is the 135mm f2L. I have it and I like it.
     
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    Well, if you do have some extra money, you can look at the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L. Even though it is a zoom, it is a fast lens. And during performances, you can probably take great shots with it. Good luck on your choice!
     
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    The 135 is not the fastest telephoto. The 85mm f/1.2 is. Canon also makes a 200 f/1.8. I don't think you'll want to be dropping that much money though. I use the 85 f/1.8 however, and it is fantastic. It has the build quality of the 50mm f/1.4. On an APS-C digital, the focal length will be approximately 135mm.

    I second the recommendation for the 70-200 f/2.8 as well, and consider getting the IS version if you can.
     
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    http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/lens/ef/telephoto.html
    85mm is not listed.

    and

    200 f1.8 has been discontinued for quite sometime so I don't count it. (which is really unfortunate.. Last time I sold one they were going for over well over $4k.. Adorama has one listed right now for almost $5k.. awsome lens but a very specialized one.)

    and

    I'm just guessing that the difference between the 85mm focal length and the 50mm he already has isn't enough.

    and

    The 135mm f2L is a wonderful glass well known for its image quality and contrast.

    BUT

    the 85mm f1.8 is also a wonderful lens. Either will serve you well and both find lots of quality time on my camera.
     
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    Wow, that 200mm f/1.8 sure was/is a nice lens.
     
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    When I shoot theatre I tend to use between 28 mm and 35 mm for the fairly wide shots and between 75 mm and 105 mm for closer shots (I use two cameras). These are for full frame 35 mm. Though I use fast lenses I rarely have them wide open because I prefer not to have too shallow a depth of field for theatre pictures. I think that it looks unnatural for theatre - more like cinema than theatre. I usually aim for a working aperture of f/4 or f/5.6 if I can. That is just the way I do it, of course.

    Best,
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    I'll second 85 f/1.2 as an excellent canon prime. I've tried it and I'd love to have it for myself but mine is different system. :mrgreen:
     

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