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| p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Moving to FF, advice on general purpose lens |
I need something to be my general purpose lens but have a limited budget right now. I spent all my money on good zooms for kids action :-). One day my plan is to upgrade to a better general lens.
For a general purpose lens, the 50 mm is great. When I had a set consisting of the 50, the 28 f/2.8, and the 70-210 push-pull (and a film camera it was that long ago), the 50 was my general purpose lens and it did very well.
Then I got digital and got an 85 mm f/1.8 which become my general purpose lens.
A couple of years ago I got the 100 mm f/2.8 USM (non-IS) and it has become my most commonly attached walk-around lens (general purpose lens).
With your kit and budget, you could save up another hundred bucks or so and get the 100 macro used.
But with your kit, I would add a wide angle lens first, and the 35 mm f/2 or 28 f/2.8 (non-IS) would be excellent budget choices: sharp and inexpensive. I still have the 28 f/2.8 (and the 50, 85, and 100 macro). I would suggest the 28 over the 35 simply because 35 mm is very mild compared to 50 mm.
Get capability (a range of focal lengths) before upgrading quality. A 28 f/2.8 (non-IS) in your bag will make a better wide angle photo than a 50mm in your bag or a 28 on the shelf at the store.
However, the 40 mm f/2.8 is a lovely little lens which lots to recommend it: sharp, beautiful bokeh, light, compact, inexpensive. Consider it too, perhaps as a replacement for the 50 f/1.8. I want to add it to my set soon (and keep the 50 f/1.8).