My current favourite lens for my Canon 350D is the Canon EF 50mm F 1.8 II ø 52 mm. I really like the wide aperture (f/1.8) that allows me to take pictures without flash in dark environments like tango events, and the small depth-of-field that brings out the subject really nice. Plus, it was only 100€ when I bought it, and now it’s even at 84€.
But a 50mm lens in a small digital SLR is equivalent to a 75mm, and sometimes that’s too much. I have to step 2m backwards to get a portrait of two persons (people ask this, you know), and even further if I want a picture of a tango couple with their feet included as well as their head. So I’d like to find a second lens with at least the same aperture, and with a lower focal distance, at a non-ridiculous price (below 400€).
Candidates seem to be:
- Canon EF 28mm F 1.8 USM 58mm – 411€
- Sigma 28mm F 1.8 EX DG Asf Macro Canon – 295€
- Sigma 24mm F 1.8 EX DG ASF Macro Can AF – 385€
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC (HSM) DG Canon – 399€
- Tamron starts at 750€, so yeah …
Does anyone have experience with these lenses? Any suggestions?