frumper15 wrote:I recently purchased my wife a Canon T3i and have really enjoyed learning more about photography in the process. One thing I've pretty quickly come to realize is that the kit lens that came with it (18-55mm IS II f/3.5-5.6) doesn't do particularly well with low light/indoor shots without a flash. My initial search for a faster lens seems to naturally have landed on the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and I think that's still my top choice, but there are a few things about it that give me pause - softness at max aperature (apparently sharpens up around f/2), micro motor that is susceptible to damage vs. ring type, and one more I can't remember right now. That being said, I'm very excited about f/1.4 aperature and full time manual focus override for the price (around $315). The other lenses that I'm considering as possible contenders are as follows:
Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle (allegedly superior optics with wider [more "normal"?] angle but a bit slower aperature)
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (pancake) (cheaper, slower, but smaller/lighter and STM for quieter focus in video)
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro (allegedly superior optics but quite a bit slower aperature)
Thoughts? Should I just go with the 1.4 and be happy despite its shortcomings? I don't want to go down the 50mm 1.8 - the build quality seems just a bit too low for my liking. My next lense will probably be a bit longer telephoto than the stock lense, probably somethign 55-200 like the EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM, but I think the ability to not use a flash inside it going to be a huge improvement in my pictures. Thanks in advance
What's the difference between a f/1.4 lens that's supposedly soft wide open yet sharpens up at f/2, and another lens that starts at f/2?
What is it you're shooting?
"Aperture", not "Aperature".
I've never had a client tell me one of my images was too soft, and that includes pics taken with multiple kit lenses and a cheapie Quantaray 70-300mm.
Airmantharp wrote:When considering one of the 55-250 lenses, save yourself some trouble and get the new STM version. Unlike the other STM-ed 'kit' lenses that have seen small increases in image quality, the new crop telezoom has been endowed with a massive improvement in image quality. It now competes with the lower L lenses when stopped down a little, and leaves the more expensive 70-300 IS USM non-L (which I own) in the dust.
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