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    Recommendations for prime lens

    I am hoping to get a new lens in the next few weeks and have been tossing up between a couple of different primes.

    I had the use of a friends 24mm f/1.4L and loved it although some times I found myself moving in a tad to get closer (I'm using a 450D so it's not a real 24mm on this body). I can't afford this lens so have been looking at the 28mm f/1.8 USM, 24mm f/2.8 or the 35mm f/2.0.

    I have more of an interest in doing landscapes & portraits. Ultimately I'd love to get the 24-70mm f/2.8L but that's out of my price range.

    Would love to hear any feedback on those lenses.

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    I haven't used any of those lenses, but something to bear in mind is that they are not particularly wide on an APS-C camera.

    For landscapes, do you want an ultra-wide view? If so, something like the EF-S 10-22mm zoom would be a good choice. You don't need fast prime for landscapes.

    For portraiture something like a 50/1.4 or the cheap-as-chips 50/1.8 would be a good choice for an APS-C camera.

    If you're interested in lens reviews, The Digital Picture is an excellent review site for Canon gear, and its owner Bryan reviews equipment quite extensively.

    Here are the reviews for the lenses you have in mind:

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx
    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx
    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

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    I would get the Sigma 10-20 combined with a Canon 50 f1.4 or f1.8 + a light stand + a flash and trigger and a brolly, all for under 1 thousand dollars

    and you are outfitted to shoot beautiful landscapes and portraits

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    I have the 35mm f/2, and it's very sharp and quick (though some find it a bit noisy which I think it's fine). Some of the AP'ers have it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    I would get the Sigma 10-20 combined with a Canon 50 f1.4 or f1.8 + a light stand + a flash and trigger and a brolly, all for under 1 thousand dollars

    and you are outfitted to shoot beautiful landscapes and portraits
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    Thanks for all the responses. I have the 50mm 1.4 already and love it.

    To throw into the mix, I've been reading great reviews on the 17-55mm f/2.8 and think it would be a good general purpose that would also be suitable for landscape to.

    So many choices.

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