Beginning Photography – A new walk around lens

I was researching Canon lenses, and after owning the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II (Nifty Fifty) and the Canon EF 85mm  f/1.4 USM, I realized that I absolutely LOVE prime lenses. So now I was on the lookout for a ‘walk around’ prime lens. An 85mm is way too long for a Disneyland type Prime Lens and the 50mm, although a great walk around, still, not wide enough for my tastes. I mean, if you are at Disneyland and in line, and its possibly low light situation, you need a wider lens that does well in low light.

I was looking at 3 different lenses: The Canon 28mm f/1.8, The Canon 24mm f/2.8, and The Canon 35mm f/2.0. Each was within my budgeted price range: <$500.

All three lenses had great reviews, but after seeing the samples in the Photography on the Net forums for the Canon 35mm I was sold.

It’s fast, its wide, its a perfect walk around lens, and it is great for wider portraits if that’s what I chose to use it for!

You can get these lenses here:


This is where I get all my camera equipment.

Here are some samples shot with my Canon T1i Digital camera:

What do you think? (See original sizes here: HungryWriter Photos)

These were all shot with the 35mm at around f/2.8. I did a little flash photography and the last one, with the 3 girls in the pool, showed some nice depth of field as I focused on my daughter on the left. The flash I used is an old flash, the Canon Speedlite 420EX.

Other related posts:
Beginning Photography – Sticking with my Nifty Fifty (canon 50mm 1.8)
Beginning Photography – How to be a better photographer Part 1
How to be a better iPhone photographer

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