80 - 200 f/2.8 equivalent?

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tom hardwick
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The 80 - 200mm f/2.8 is a great portrait lens on a full-frame SLR, but what is there out there for the diddly-chiped Canon 60D? Is there an equivalent lens in the Canon / Tamron / Sigma / Tokina stable?

tom.

Mark M
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Hi Tom,

This is what I use with my 7D, the EF 24-70:
http://www.jacobsdigital.co.uk/p-38369-jacobs-digital-canon-ef-24-70mm-f28l-usm.aspx
Which gives the equivalent of 38-112. Covers the 80-90mm full frame equivalent I'd be looking for on a portrait lens.

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Gavin Gration
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Hi Tom,

Canon 50mm f1.8 is a perfect prime portrait lens on a crop camera.

Cheap too.

Mark M
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Yes, of course! The "Nifty Fifty"!

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tom hardwick
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Thank you gentlemen, but you're not answering my question. The 50mm is fine if you're up close and personal, but not so hot for picking people off from afar.

steve
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Tom,

An exact equivalent in field of view would be 50-125mm, but it seems that industry has decided to offer lens such as 24-70 and 28-75 in f2.8, then they jump to 70-200 as real tele. models, (not cheap though).
If you don't need 2.8 then you get into the superzooms that ramp from f4-5.6 or 6.3 over typical ranges of 50-200, which is 80-320 equivalent. I have a Tamron 18-270 which I use for video where issues such as vignetting, edge defocussing and chromatic abberations, are not ideal for high quality stills. For video, their shortfalls are swamped by the crude downscaling moire and the resulting H264 artifacts.

Steve

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tom hardwick
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Thankls Gavin - that's the spec I'm looking for, shame about the test results.

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I've just been informed by Sigma UK that the Japanese tsunami has disrupted all supplies of the new IS 50 - 150 f/2.8 and they've no idea when they'll see their first one.

The other interesting lens looks to be the Tokina 50 - 135 ATX f/2.8 but that too seems to be almost non existent. Maybe the Tsunami again?

tom.

Gavin Gration
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Do you have an 80-200 2.8?

If so then a 2nd hand 5D MK1 is about the same price as the Tokina......

No good for video - but for stills it's a mighty fine camera.