Airmantharp wrote:I'm going to need to do some digging- but Canon lenses do seem to hold their value quite well, which doesn't quite work well on the side of those starting out. Slower kit-type lenses like my 15-85mm aren't as nearly as good in low light, sharp as they might be.
Voldenuit wrote:Airmantharp wrote:I'm going to need to do some digging- but Canon lenses do seem to hold their value quite well, which doesn't quite work well on the side of those starting out. Slower kit-type lenses like my 15-85mm aren't as nearly as good in low light, sharp as they might be.
It's worth branching out into the third party lens makers. The Sigma 17-50/2.8 is around $600, and is nearly $500 less than Canon's own 18-55/2.8. If you want a focal length range closer to your existing 15-85, Sigma's 17-70/2.8-4 is only $420.
If you really want low light, though, fast primes are the way to go. Depending on what you want to shoot, Canon's 50/1.4 USM ($359), 85/1.8 ($369) are great lenses. EF-S is sorely lacking fast wides, though.
I tend to hold out for specials and rebate deals myself. It's not a very reliable way of shopping for gear, but you can definitely find some great deals this way (in addition to finding my friend the 45-175 for $199, I also found a couple friends a rebate deal on the E-M5 where you could get $150 off every lens with purchase of camera up to 3 lenses - those saving definitely add up).
Airmantharp wrote:Right now I'm looking forward to faster primes along with the 100mm f/2.8 IS Macro USM- but those are on the back-burner. The 24mm f/2.8 IS works fairly well in lower light as a walk-around lens where the 15-85mm would be too slow, and the 50mm the same with the 60D's improved autofocus over the T1i it replaced, that couldn't shoot with it in low light worth a darn.
Voldenuit wrote:I'm a fan of the Tamron 60/2 macro. One stop faster than the 100/2.8, and right now there is a $100 rebate on bhphoto bringing it down to $424 - less than half the price of the Canon 100/2.8 IS, and about the same price as the regular 100/2.8. Unlike the 100/2.8 though, it's a dedicated EF-S lens, so not something you'll be bringing along with you if you go FF. But on APS-C, it's a great portrait and macro lens.
ludi wrote:Out of curiosity, have you shot the Tamron against the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro, and if so, what were your impressions? The Canon is available in the $400-410 range and includes USM focus. I've gotten some pretty incredible results with it.
Airmantharp wrote:M43 has captured a little of my attention- near DSLR quality in a small, mirrorless body and near infinite lens adaptability- but the cost didn't really justify the means when compared to a decent DSLR.