View Full Version : Yet another person looking for a lens

The Lord XL
07-18-2005, 11:03 PM
I have my Cannon 20D. I love it to death. I love every single photo I take with it. Even the "not so good" ones. The only thing that I don't like is that the stock lens that came with the 20D does not acheive the desired low DOF that I want. Pretty much, I am looking for suggestions on a digital macro lens.

Money is not all too much an object, but I am not looking to beak the bank.

07-19-2005, 02:08 AM
If you want a low DOF for general portraiture and event photos, you want a lens with a larger aperture. The stock lens that usually comes with the 20D series (depends on the seller of course) is usually a 3.5-4.5 aperture, whereas you will have more success with a lens in the 1.4 to 2.8 range. Some suggestions:

50/1.8 (~$90)
50/1.4 (~$300)
35/2.0 (~270)
85/1.8 (~350)

Or from Sigma:
28/1.8 (~270)

Notice those are all prime lenses - if you want a zoom lens with a decently large aperture (24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8 which is probably too close for a 20D though) you'll wind up spending over $1000. I recommend primes, where you can get a few decent lenses for the same price. Usually you'll find you use only a few spots on a zoom anyway - wide, middle and close.

For general con photography under $400 on a 20D, I recommend a combo of the Sigma 28/1.8 and Canon 50/1.8. For just one lens on a 20D, I'd reccomend the 35/2.0, as it hits right around 50mm on the 1.6 crop (a perfect focal length) and is a very good lens for the money. And if you can afford $1200+, I'd go for either the Canon 24-70/2.8 or the Canon 35/1.4.

07-19-2005, 04:01 AM

I'm not too familiar with Canon's macro line (Nikon shooter) but Tamron makes a 90mm macro that is very highly regarded as a macro lens and a portrait lens. It should be fast enough at f2.8 to give you the shallow DOF you want. It goes to 1:1 without an adaptor. It comes in a bunch of mounts including EOS and goes for about $490 before the $40 rebate currently offered.

07-19-2005, 10:14 AM
Tamron also makes a very good 28-75mm f/2.8 lens for around $400. However, since bad copies are known to float around, it probably pays to go to a good camera store that lets you try out the lenses first, and bring your body along. I found a good one, and used it for a good number of pictures at Anime Expo, and I love it to death. :D

However, if you're going to look for it at the stores, be prepared to look around for a while, since I had to check about 3-4 separate stores before I found one that had it in stock.

The Lord XL
07-19-2005, 11:43 AM
Thank you all for your suggestions. I seem to be lucky, I have two professional camera retailers within a several mile radius of my home. I will see what they have in stock, also what they suggest.

Once again, thank you all.

Alexia Ikyu
07-29-2005, 04:57 PM
This is a great place to read user reviews on cameras, lenses, and accessories.

The "Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM" and "Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM" are both great zoom lenses, but they both cost around $1,000.

The zoom lenses will be great for making quick work of photos in a busy convention atmosphere. However, the primes Kyle listed will be much better when doing a photo shoot where you have plenty of time to composite your shot.

The stock 18-55mm that came with my 300D will meet a sledgehammer eventually. The under saturated photos and chromatic abberations that show up make for a lot of Photoshop post-processing.