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Old Jan 1, 2011, 2:26 PM   #1
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Default Bought T2i (550d) with kit lens and 55-250mm lens -- keep or replace the lenses?

Hi guys,
I recently pulled trigger on a T2i with kit lens (18-55mm) and zoom lens (55-250mm).
It is my first DSLR since I always had point and shoot.
I am reading forums and articles on T2i and would like to know if keeping these lenses makes sense.
I'm just a casual photographer at home, parties, parks etc. The reason I bought T2i is because I am unhappy with night/low light photos from my point and shoot.
So, I am wondering if I should sell these lenses without opening as new brings more money and then buy a nifty fifty (50mm f1.8) and a 18-135mm lens instead. This allows me to get good portraits as well as good enough zoom.
Or should I keep one but not the other?
Thanks for comments.

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Old Jan 1, 2011, 2:35 PM   #2
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the 18-135 is not as good as the 2 kit lens you have currently. For what you want to shoot indoor low light, just add the 50 1.8 and you will have a very good kit.
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 2:47 PM   #3
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Thank you for quick reply shoturtle.
As you may have recalled, I was active in FZ35 forums but I sold that due to low light issues.
The reviews on Canon kit lenses are good but I am also looking at sigma lenses to replace these if I decide to sell.
Instead of adding more than 2 lenses, I was thinking if a portrait lens and another one with some zoom (somewhere in between the two lenses) will be a better setup.

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If I keep the 55-250mm lens and a 50mm prime, would I miss anything that I could get from 18-55mm?

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Old Jan 1, 2011, 10:28 PM   #4
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Hi, I have had my T1i since the late Spring. I started off with the 18-55 kit lens having made the jump from a p&s into the G11 (which I still have and love) and then the DSLR. I found the 55-250 for 250 new Canadian so I made the jump and LOVED it right from the start. I have a small child so having this provided me with the opportunity to take photos of her without disturbing the moment. Therefore, I'd keep it.

I also have the prime 50 1.8 which is great for portrait work. The glass is good and you can see the difference in quality over the kit lens. However, this is narrow so if you like something with a wider angle for some shots you'll need something like the kit lens or step back quite a bit.....and the kit lens is actually fairly decent as its much improved over previous versions, from what I've read here.

Then, I bought the 15-85 lens which pretty much filled the gap for everything and rendered the kit lens obsolete for me. And, these will be it for me for a while

Bottom line, I'd go with the main 3 for now and see what you like then decide. The kit lens won't fetch much anyway regardless of whether or not its new or gently used.
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I don't have either (I use FF) but friends of mine have. They tell me that the 18-55 is a good lens for the money and the 55-250 is a good lens, period. One friend bought the 15-85 and loves it. My choice would be to get the 17-55 f2.8, as that is a superb and fast constant-aperture lens, which would undoubtedly be designated "L" if Canon gave that to EF-S lenses.

So no, don't sell or change your lenses. Get either a faster or a wider range standard zoom later.
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Thank you for suggestions.
I'll start with the two lenses to start out and add 50mm f1.8 soon.
15-85 would be good lens with some zoom but it's little bit expensive. It is already a lot of money coming from a point and shoot field. Lets see what I need depending upon my experience.
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you will want the wider lens that the 18-55 or 15-85 offers. With the long zoom of the 55-250 you can get some nice bokem in the photos if used properly.

But I would use what you have now, and decide what you want to add.
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You'll find a big difference between 15 and 18.

But I really think you should play with your present setup for a while (probably some months) before you contemplate spending more money. Even the 50mm f1.8 is only of value to you if you're going to want to do available light photography in poor light. It isn't a focal length that you don't already have. My choice of fast prime for a cropped sensor camera would be something whose 35mm equivalent was at most 50mm, which for me would probably mean buying a 28mm. But an f1.8 version of that would cost (for the Canon) getting on for $500. I would find a 50mm (equivalent to 80mm) a bit "long" (narrow) for regular use. But I really think you don't need to be buying any primes for quite a while.
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I think the kit lens, the telephoto and the prime are just fine to start with particularly since you're coming from a P&S....Learning the camera is more important first otherwise more expensive lenses won't matter.

When you do purchase other lenses, shop around too because you can find deals. I bought the 15-85 IS USM (because I couldn't afford the 999-1200 for the 17-55) off a Canadian authorized Canon dealer selling them on ebay for 650 when it was listed off Henrys and Vistek for 999.00 with free shipping.

Also, if you can, investing in a hotshoe flash like the 430EX II is a good idea. I bought mine second hand so I saved a bundle. But, know be watchful of the condition of things so that you don't get burned if buying second hand.
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Thanks for suggestions all.
Will start out with the kit lenses and then add a 50mm f1.8.

As for the bags, what do you guys recommend?
I already bought a cheap bag to carry on hand or shoulder.
Then I thought of a backpack. I can always use the cheapo bag for my old camcorder.
I found a guy in craigslist selling a Tamrac Expedition 3 (older model) and I have bargained for $25.
It's a small backpack with just enough room to what I have planned to get.
Amazon is selling it for $60: http://www.amazon.com/Tamrac-5273-Ex...4028322&sr=1-2


I'm also looking at Lowepro versapack 200 aw for $60 in ebay. It allows to carry more things but is much bigger.


I am leaning towards the $25 on CL since it's small, light and cheap.

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