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    trying to decide on one lens....CANON 50mm f1.8 or 60mm f2.8 USM...what are your thoughts.. 50mm is 1.8 and under 100 but the 60mm is Macro/USM and 400.. is F/1.0 that big of a jump? i need some help here.
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    why is the 50mm $300 cheaper than the 60mm then..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rman View Post
    yes one f stop is a big difference. f1.8 is faster than f2.8.

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    Wouldn't that be a 1 1/3 stop according to Wikipedia.

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    why is the 50mm $300 cheaper than the 60mm then..

    50mm is plastic. Itís one of Canonís cheapest lenses. Itís a little soft wide open but for a f/1.8 prime, you canít touch it.

    I believe the 60mm is metal. Itís also Macro and itís pretty sharp from what I read. Down side is that itís an EF-S mount lens. If youíre planning on going with an EF mount Full Frame Canon or APS-H Canon, then it will not fit on those cameras.
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    well i think my next body will be the 50D maybe mid next year. i just got my XSi this feb. i am really just looking for a low light lens and i dont know to much about photography yet. i have a class coming up this fall semester but i have about 400 to spend..
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    You can't beat the 50 F/1.8, maybe a little wide open, but its worth the price of under $100. Even consider the 50 F/1.4, its around $325 (not quite sure of price), but it is metal mount and quicker focus than the 50 F/1.8.... 50 F/1.8 is also louder focus.

    What do you like to take pictures of? Thats a good factor to consider when you are buying a lens. If you are going to be in a lot of low light situations then 50 F/1.8 or 50 F/1.4 is the way to go.

    I had the 50 F/1.8 and used it quite a bit, then upgraded to 50 F/1.4 and loved it.

    Edit: 50 F/1.4 is $325 from bhphotovideo.com

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    The 50mm f/1.8 likes to hunt for focus too. If it's too dark, it won't always focus very well.
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    just read up on it while i was at work and and the 50mm f/1.4 is manual focus so i would not have to worry about it hunting.. so right now i have to decide between the 1.4 and the 2.8 both USM but the 2.8 has macro... and i would be taking pictures of plants i like flower shots and such. maybe some portraits as well.. just a good all around lens. they are both around the same price.. which is what i am trying to figure out... why...lol

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    Any lens can be used as a "Macro" lens, it's not an included/excluded feature. As I said in my post earlier that was deleted for some reason, get the 50mm. It's cheap, but it's a great lens.

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    I didn't like the 50mm1.4 on my XT or my 30D. I wouldn't give up my 60mm for anything. Tack sharp a great lens.

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    i am leaning towards the 60mm as of now.. i have been read up on both.. i think i will like the 60 more..
    one thing though can you manual focus the 60mm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by macwannabe View Post
    i am leaning towards the 60mm as of now.. i have been read up on both.. i think i will like the 60 more..
    one thing though can you manual focus the 60mm?
    You can grab and focus a USM lens manually anytime. No need to flip a switch.
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    oh awesome.. i just wish i had 800 bucks cuz i would just simply get both... anyone wanna donate to the macwannabe graphic design fund (MGDF).. j/k but i gotta choose one..
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    Dont forget about your crop factor on your XSI. Your camera has a crop factor of 1.6. So if you have your 50mm lens, the field of view will be as if you have a 80mm lens. and the 60mm lens will have a view of a 96mm lens.

    I believe I have explained this correctly

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles01110 View Post
    Any lens can be used as a "Macro" lens, it's not an included/excluded feature. As I said in my post earlier that was deleted for some reason, get the 50mm. It's cheap, but it's a great lens.
    The 60mm is a true 1:1 macro lens, it's razor sharp(most true macro's are).
    Unless you are truly looking for a macro lens I would get the 50mm f1.4. I had the 60mm and took some great macro shots, I now have the 100mm 2.8 macro, it's even better.

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