Originally Posted by Topgearfan
Well I will stick with the T2i I guess. A girl in my office has a a 60D and I thought about reuting and getting that one since it gets better reviews when it comes to the viewfinder being a pentaprism unlike the T2i which i did not know it was not one. The 60D also has better focusing ability I read.
@GOneTomorrow- Ya I figured shooting in RAW would make it it a wash with the type of style I am shooting and the setting in camera, but Last night I was trying to sharpen up and clarify the pictures and I could not tell it was doing anything. Noise level reducion seemed to work to a degree before it made it too soft looking. I think a better lens will make the biggest difference like you and others have said. I am just trying to decide which lens to get since I really do not want to spend 600-1000 on 2 lenses so I need to figure out what style of shoot I most want to focus on. I really like nighttime shooting and sceneic shots, so maybe a good Macro lens? Tokina or Sigma? I know I cant afford to also do a great prime so I need to stick with the Nifty Fifty for now.
Couldn't have said better. A macro lens is far from ideal for landscape shooting. It's suited for very close-up shots. So if that's what you're interested in, then a macro lens is ok. However, if you like landscapes, be it day or night, you should consider a better quality standard or ultra wide angle zoom lens.
To name a few:
Standard zoom lenses:
1. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 - Pricey, but extremely high quality.
2. Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (VC or non-VC) - Much less expensive, and very good quality.
3. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L - One of the cheapest L lenses, and best overall quality on this list.
4. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 - Also good quality and much less expensive than Canon versions.
UWA zoom lenses:
1. Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM - Easily the best UWA zoom for crop cameras.
2. Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 - Probably the most popular UWA for crop, reasonably priced and good quality.
3. Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 - Another popular UWA with the advantage of a constant f/2.8 aperture.
And to give a small list of macro and prime lenses:
1. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 - Very sharp and high quality lens, though short focal length makes for short working distance (distance to the subject for max magnification).
2. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 - Also a very good lens with a bit longer focal length and more WD.
3. Canon 100mm f/2.8 (the non L) - Probably the best overall on this list. Longer focal length gives plenty of WD.
4. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 or Sigma 150mm f/2.8
Standard prime lenses
1. Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM - Better build quality, bokeh, and faster focusing than the Canon 50 f/1.8.
2. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - Very popular lens indeed and very high quality. Slightly wider angle for versatility.
3. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 - Better quality in all respects than the Canon version, but at a higher price.
There's a few for consideration, though certainly not all. And about the 60D, the handling and features such as a better VF and AF are definitely true, but IQ wise it won't be enormously better than your T2i. I would put your money to new lenses instead, but considering the 60D instead of your T2i wouldn't be unwise IMO.