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Old Jul 8, 2010, 9:51 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have a Canon T1i body and I'm looking for a lens. I'm a beginner in photograhy so I'm going to be tryting and learning.
The lenses I'm considering are:
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (Kit lens)
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (Kit lens)
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 70-200 f/4 L
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8


Can you give me your opinion on what lens I should get? Or maybe a combination (if it's not too expensive..). Or if you have any other suggestions..

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Old Jul 8, 2010, 10:03 AM   #2
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the 2 kit lenses actually cover most of the general photography needs, and are pretty good. But knowing what you like to shoot would really help out. As each of the lenses you listed fits certain needs.

But if you are looking for a inexpensive starter set the kit lenses and the 50mm 1.8 makes for a good starter package. But this set up will not be good for action shooting if you are looking to get into action the 70-200 f4L would. If low light is a concern the 2.8 zoom lens would be good, the 17-50 is wider for indoor group shots and landscapes, the 28-75 has better reach, but a bit tight at 28 for group stuff and landscape work.
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I guess my first thought would be to have you sit down and decide what you like to shoot. If you can let the forum know what you think you would like to shoot, that will help them help you. The first thing would be to get the 18-55 kit lens, it is cheap and pretty good. Shoot it a while and figure what you want to shoot that you can't and that will guide you to your top priority.
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Thank you guys for the prompt replies.

I used to have the sony a100 with Tamron 17-50 F/2.8. I didn't use it a lot. But what I can say that my priorities would be for Portrait and landscape. I have to mention also that I have two young kids , so they will take a big percentage of my shots


Given the price, I think that no matter what I'm going to get the Canon 50mm f/1.8.
However, I'm still confused between:

1 or 2 kit lens Versus Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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Old Jul 8, 2010, 10:51 AM   #5
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The 18-135 isn't very good. It's soft, and has a lot of vignetting and chromatic aberration. The 18-55 and 55-250 are much better.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
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70-200 f4, have seen some awesome shots come from one, really food all around lens.... but besides that what are the main things you are going to be shooting?
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It's like where do sidewalks go? Well, they should go where people want to go. But we all know places where we walk on the dirt path cause the sidewalk is WAY OVER THERE! Lens are the same. You may think you know what you want to shoot but time will really tell the tale. The cheap kit lens won't hurt. Unless you have mucho spare cash, wait a little while before you purchase something expensive. Just a little while.
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 1:49 PM   #8
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Thank you again guys..
One more opinion:

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS ???
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Thank you again guys..
One more opinion:

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS ???
Without question: THe 55-250 IS. If that's too rich for your blood, then the Tamron 70-300 Di LD. It's better and cheaper than the Canon 75-300.
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Old Aug 3, 2010, 1:20 AM   #10
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Default Try the Kit Lens First Until You Know Your Photos

Until you know what types of photos you will mostly be taking (landscapes, portraits, sports, concerts, etc), my suggestion would be to lay off getting too many lenses. Try the kit lens 18-55 first. Learn you camera and determine what mostly you will be taking photos of.

Then you can better decide for yourself what the next lens should be. I believe this will save you money and a lot of frustration.
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