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06AWD
01-21-2009, 08:12 AM
I'll be adding a 50D to our studio here at work very soon. I'm looking for a good lens for studio shots (table top) preferably wide angle or prime, f2.8. I have researched and found some amazing Canon lenses, but the price is also amazing.

Can anyone recommend an alternate brand to Canon? Much thanks.

adam75south
01-21-2009, 08:58 AM
the one in your signature will probably be your best bet. sigma 18-50mm f/2.8.

although if you're shooting mainly studio...you won't shoot f/2.8 much and you're not gonna be looking for great bokeh from the lens....i'd just get the kit lens and maybe a fast prime 50 1.4 or 85 1.8.

06AWD
01-21-2009, 09:05 AM
I was originally going with the Sigma, but it happens to be sold out at our vendor. I wanted to take this opportunity to look into Canon lenses. Looks like I will go with the Sigma when it's back in stock.

adam75south
01-21-2009, 09:13 AM
have you checked bhphoto.com. if you're in nj, i'd imagine you'd get the lens in a day.

06AWD
01-21-2009, 09:28 AM
Yes. Out of stock at the moment. No worries though. I just placed the order for the 50D with the kit lens. Seems to be decent enough. Thanks.

adam75south
01-21-2009, 09:53 AM
that's weird, the website says it's in stock. maybe you accidentally looked at the sony mount.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/463428-REG/Sigma_581101_18_50mm_f_2_8_EX_DC.html

Visual Reality
01-21-2009, 02:41 PM
It's on a lens by lens basis.

If you don't need superior autofocus (which you won't in a studio) go with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 as its the sharpest alternative to Canon/Nikon.

Of course a couple primes would be #1 here but it depends on your needs. I'd probably second the 50mm 1.8 along with another.

NWcityguy2
01-27-2009, 08:31 AM
Another question would be how often are you planning on using 2.8? I do a bit of studio work myself and rarely if ever shoot wide open. My monolights give me plent of power though, what light source are you going to be using? Also are your subjects going to be static, and do you have a tripod?

TheWengler
01-27-2009, 11:32 AM
I'll be adding a 50D to our studio here at work very soon. I'm looking for a good lens for studio shots (table top) preferably wide angle or prime, f2.8. I have researched and found some amazing Canon lenses, but the price is also amazing.

Can anyone recommend an alternate brand to Canon? Much thanks.

Do you want a wide angle lens or a prime? Those are two different types of restrictions, but you just said you want one of them to be met. What focal length of prime? How wide is wide enough for you? The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 might be what you want.

TeddTucker
01-27-2009, 06:21 PM
I traded in the sigma 18-50mm and got the Tamron 17-50mm and i like it a lot more you should check out that lens

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Tamron-17-50mm-f-2.8-XR-Di-II-Lens-Review.aspx

http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/289-tamron-af-17-50mm-f28-sp-xr-di-ii-ld-aspherical-if-canon-test-report--review

riverrat373
01-28-2009, 11:42 AM
Sigma DG 105 F/2.8 EX Macro. In my opinion one of the best macro lenses available today. Also great for portraits.