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    What lens should I buy?

    Hi there,

    Recently I have been looking at purchasing a 3rd to add to my collection. I currently use a Canon EOS 600d/T3i, and primarily use an EFS 18-55mm lens. I'm currently looking into buying a 50mm lens, but I'm not completely sure about it. My price budget is around $200 to $250 so I was looking at the Canon 50mm STM F/1.8 lens as that would best suit my needs and my price point.

    Thanks, Ben

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    Also, I mainly shoot action sports and street photography.

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    I don't shoot Canon but a quick google shows the lens to be Canon's #1 seller.

    It will give you a HUGE increase in image quality over your not very well regarded kit lens, and should suit your needs for street photography.

    And if you decide to upgrade to a Full Frame in the future it will take to the FF like a duck to water.
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    Ok thank you. I think I've decided that I will go with the 50mm lens.

    Thanks,
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    Hi Ben, I'm not a Canon shooter either but have some general comments...

    'Street photography' is a fairly broad term - some like to get in close, others prefer a longer view. My query about a 50mm lens on a cropped body is whether it is wide enough for the way YOU would do street photography. Of course you can 'zoom with your feet' (ie move backwards) but you might not always have time to do that in a street situation. Something you can do is have a look at your existing images and see what focal lengths you have favoured in these situations and see if this fits with the 50mm. Another exercise you can do is set your 18-55mm on 50mm and go take some shots and see how it works for you, You could also try say 35mm, 24mm etc and see what you prefer. (You can use a wide rubber band or some tape to keep it on the specific focal length).

    What does "action sports" refer to - is a specific type of sport (martial arts for example)?



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    I have one of the new 50mm STM lenses, and it works well, but it needed a fair bit of adjustment for the autofocussing on both my 70D and my 5d3.
    Mine was a very early one however, so the latest batches should be a little better, but try to check the accuracy of the lens before you part with your money as your camera does not have manual adjustment for your autofocus.
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    Hi Ben,

    I also shoot with the 600D and I quite often shoot with the "Nifty Fifty" (50mm 1.8II). For indoor sports where you can get fairly close to the action its awesome to get a wider angle on things. the super fast 1.8 aperture makes it particularly good for this as well.

    Personally I find it a little too tight for street and candid shooting with the 1.6x crop sensor, and it can be challenging anywhere you're not able to step back to get that wider shot.

    Even with those negatives my 50mm is currently my favourite lens in my bag. Dollar for dollar you can't beat it.

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    Wildcard suggestion: within you budget, you could get a used EF-S 60mm macro lens. Absolutely pin sharp, good all rounder and great for portraits on a cropped sensor. And will open up a whole new world of photography for you: macro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cage View Post
    I don't shoot Canon but a quick google shows the lens to be Canon's #1 seller.

    It will give you a HUGE increase in image quality over your not very well regarded kit lens, and should suit your needs for street photography.

    And if you decide to upgrade to a Full Frame in the future it will take to the FF like a duck to water.
    I must admit that I did consider one of these lenses, but shelved the idea.
    Perhaps I should revisit - from what you say it should match up well with the Canon 6D?
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    Quote Originally Posted by acko View Post
    I must admit that I did consider one of these lenses, but shelved the idea.
    Perhaps I should revisit - from what you say it should match up well with the Canon 6D?
    Google is your friend..... http://www.popphoto.com/hands-canon-...-lens?image=10 on a 6D

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    I have just relooked at my f1.8 50mm because of its light weight for when I go on long walks. I would like to take my 24-105mm on the 6D but I find the weight a bit much these days. I'm happy with the results from the 50mm so far.

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    Hey Ben, i am using the nifty fifty on my 600 D, and I could not be happier with it, especially considering the value for money

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    I like my nify fifty. Also great for portrature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben4002 View Post
    Ok thank you. I think I've decided that I will go with the 50mm lens.

    Thanks,
    Ben
    Got any photos to show us that you've taken with that lens you brought??

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