Best "go to" lens

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  1. Dym

    Dym TPF Noob!

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    I'm mostly shooting kids and families and am primarily using a 50mm prime (on a Canon 70d)for most of my shoots, but am looking for a lens with more of a range but that still does well indoors and in low light. I'd like to find something reasonable priced (under~$500) and don't mind buying used. What would you recommend for a "go to" lens? Thanks!


     
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    For a crop sensor body, Sigma or Tamron 17-50 F/2.8.
     
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    I had the sigma 17-50 2.8, and its one of the few lens I ever regret selling. Terrific lens
     
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    On crop sensor I agree 17-50mm 2.8 lenses offer a good general use range.
     
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    I vouch for the sigma 17-50 2.8. Blows the kit 18-55 out the water. What I really like about it is that extra focus at the end if needed.

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    Canon 15-85 or Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS HSM EX
     
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    +1 for the already mentioned 17-50 from Sigma or Tamron. Hit up some reviews and choose the brand.

    However, are you finding you need a wider-angle lens? Or is the issue not being able to reach as much, or, get wanting to get a better portrait look from a longer lens? The 17-50 would be a good walk-around lens if you are content with the 50 for the work you do. But if you are trying to expand on the portrait work, maybe rent a few 70mm+ lenses and see if those suit your need better.
     
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    I agree with the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 suggestion—that’s not only a great lens, but also a terrific value. However, that repeats the focal length of your 50mm and gives you a narrower aperture; if you’d like an aperture that’s as wide as the 50’s and don’t mind having two different lenses, look for a used Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.
     

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