April 10, 2016 at 8:43PM, Edited April 10, 8:44PM

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Which lenses should I buy?

I work in a school and teach Audio Visual studies. At the moment we have 6 Canon 600D's all with the kit 18-55 mm lenses. We are looking to get a couple of 70D's or 80D's as well as one A7s ii in the near future but desperately need some new glass to put in front of those sensors. I want to try and get several different primes for as cheap as possible so that we can make our range as diverse as possible.

I want to start by buying 2 or 3 Canon 50 mm 1.8f lenses to try and help teach the kids about using a shallow depth of field and why using a wider aperture is preferable to a higher iso. I need advice on the next lot of lenses to buy.

The most important thing is to try and buy 6-10 new lenses for roughly $3,500 and quantity is sadly preferable to quality.

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If you teach you would want to start with the classics, the 35mm and 50mm manual primes.
For cropped frame cameras adjust accordingly.

Get second hand manual focus lenses to save cost.

April 11, 2016 at 1:18PM, Edited April 11, 1:19PM

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Cary Knoop
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I'm hoping to get some more specific suggestions. How feasible would it be to buy a bunch of FD lenses and adapters?

April 11, 2016 at 7:31PM

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Corey Smith
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Ok, so start with these second hand:

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8
Canon EF 35mm f/2

Or if you want to teach them manual focus:

Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 for Canon EF
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 for Canon EF

April 12, 2016 at 2:50PM

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