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Old May 7, 2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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I'm planning on picking up a Canon T2i in the upcoming weeks, but am having a difficult time picking a lens. I am open to picking up one or two lenses and am planning to take action/sports, macro and landscape shots. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Also, I'm a beginner that has been taking pictures casually and just finished a photography class.
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Old May 8, 2010, 5:52 AM   #2
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    action/sports
    Which sports? Outdoor? Indoor?
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    macro
    What subjects? Animate? Inanimate? In nature? In a lightbox?
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    landscape
    Wide angle? Telephoto?
The T2i is a fine camera, and will be a good choice to do what you want, but picking lenses can be tricky.
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Welcome to Steve's.

The questions that TCav poses are very important, also if you are just starting out often people go crazy on getting lots of lenses and find they've made wrong choices and wasted a lot of money. However, hopefully with the info TCav asked for you can be pointed in the right direction.
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Perhaps you could browse through some of the photos in the Sports & Action Photos, Close-ups, and Landscape Photos forums to see what other people are getting with the lenses they've got.
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It seems that (Korean) Samyang MANUAL lenses are a good selection - even with F=1.4, especially for video ---> http://cgi.ebay.com/Samyang-85mm-f-1...item5190616d65

Look video "First day of autumn" on ebay page


85mm / 1:1.4
http://www.vimeo.com/7881339
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DonalDuc[/LEFT];1090897]It seems that (Korean)
Samyang
MANUAL lenses are a good selection - even with F=1.4, especially for video ---> http://cgi.ebay.com/Samyang-85mm-f-1...item5190616d65

Look video "First day of autumn" on
ebay
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85mm / 1:1.4
http://www.vimeo.com/7881339
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Not a sports shooting lens at all.
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I've heard that the Samyang/Phoenix/Bower/Vivitar/Pro-Optic/et al, 85/1.4 lens is nice, but I'd have a lot of trouble buying a lens that the manufacurer's name could be just pealed off.




And for which of the OPs purposes do you think this lens would be useful?
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The 18-55mm kit lens makes a good landscape lens. If you want a good daylight sports lens that does 1:2 macro. The canon ef 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM is pretty good.
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  • Which sports? Outdoor? Indoor?
  • What subjects? Animate? Inanimate? In nature? In a lightbox?
  • Wide angle? Telephoto?
The T2i is a fine camera, and will be a good choice to do what you want, but picking lenses can be tricky.
Hi TCav,

Sports: Planning to do some football and basketball, both outdoors and at various lighting.

Macro: Most likely nature, plants, bugs and similar things.

Landscapes: Wide angle.

Hope this helps. Really appreciate your help.
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The kit lens ef-s 18-55 for the landscape and the ef 70-300mm 4-5.6 would be a pretty good for daylight outdoor sports and the macro with 70-300. This would make a good base of lenses to start off with. It would meet 90% of your needs.

With the sports as long as it is not night games the 70-300 will handle it. But if at night, you will need to give up some range and get a 70-200mm 2.8 lens. Sigma has one for about 800 and the canon one is quite a bit more at 1700.

If you need wider then 18mm, the tokina 11-16 would be a great wide angle for the T1i, for 450 dollars.
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