Help on 2.8 lenses for Canon.

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  1. oskiper

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    Hi!

    I`m starting to save money for a couple of lenses and I need some help as I'm barely getting started in photography.

    I do stage photography and my current lenses are a 18-55 EFS kit lens and a 55-250 also EFS.

    I´m planning to switch to full frame and I have just the range I need because I do mainly close ups.

    I´d like to find equivalents to the lenses I have but with an aperture of 2.8. Any thoughts?

    The catch: I´m on a budget, I'm looking for an option that I can afford (the cheaper the better)


     
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    There's no such thing as 2.8 lenses for FF "on a budget".
    There are also different ranges, your 250mm is actually over 400mm so there's no way to get that
    range on full frame without spending literally thousands.

    2 most popular lenses for FF are 24-70 and 70-200.
    Sigma and Tamron make 2.8 versions that are cheaper then Canon versions.
    Sigma 70-200 is cheapest and rather good, their 24-70 is not that nice, but the Tamron 24-70 is.

    Those two are over $2k and cover the range from 24 to 200mm, while you currently have a 29 to 400+ equivalent.

    It's pointless going to FF just for the sake of having FF and then buying shitty lenses.
     
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    Well the two lenses you have will not work on a full frame camera.
    You really should state what your budget is, in order to get suggestions. Even without knowing, I would suggests going used on both the FF camera and whatever lenses you decide to get.
     
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    Yeap, someone already told me EFS lenses cannot be used on a FF because they mess with the mirror right? Budget is missleading because I`m in Argentina and prices are very different, at this point in time I think I could get a new 70-200 2.8 from Sigma (to give you an idea on my budget) but I need to cover both ranges 18-55 and 55-250 or so. Anyway I'm saving money and I'm not at such a hurry.
     
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    Just so that there's no confusion on the part of the OP: While your current lenses have a field of view equivalent to that of 29-400mm lenses on an FF body, you don't have the "magnification" offered by those lenses. In other words, your 55-250 will show you the same amount of the scene as a 400mm lens, the subjects in the frame will not be the same size. All the crop factor does is reduce your field of view.
     
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    Anything above 200mm on FF and at F/2.8 is likely going to cost as much as a car over there.
    Forget about that range.

    Stick with the crop sensor body and get better lenses.
    I've done the same thing, I photograph the same thing, and I got the Sigma 70-200 2.8 that I suggested and replaced my
    18-55 with the Tamron 17-50 2.8.
     
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    Thanks! By "On a budget" I mean I need the best relation between price and quality as in my country prices are ridiculous. a 70-200 2.8 from Sigma is around 3.500-3.750 dollars to give you an idea.
     
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    Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 non-VC is ~$500 and is a great lens. (ive owned this lens) with VC its still under $1000.
    original tamron 28-75 f/2.8 non-VC is another great lens (owned it too) and can be had for ~$300 ish.
     
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    I'm in Croatia, everything is more expensive then in USA too.
    Sigma's 70-200 2.8 is the cheapest 2.8 lens with stabilization in that focal range.
    You might be able to find the original older canon 70-200 2.8 without stabilization but you're going to need it with that body you use.
     
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    I understand, I don´t have a problem on that matter because I can get closer to the stage to compensate (and I can crop more on a FF without losing quality at high ISO's, on my current situation I can´t almost crop because the noise becomes unbearable). What I need is to be able to get detail close-ups from somewhere in between first and 5th row of a theatre.
     
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    Tamron is likely much more expensive there.
    It's almost $2k here in EU.
     
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    Now THAT`s a great piece of advice... Thanks! is not a bad idea at all... By private messages I`d like to ask you about APS cameras... I`d like to read your opinion on 7Ds ;)
     

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