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Old Jul 24, 2010, 1:16 PM   #1
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I think I have decided on purchasing the Canon T2i but from what I've read the kit lens holds this camera back. I'm thinking about buying the body only and getting a better lens for it. I will mainly be shooting pictures of my kids and family so I need something that does well in indoor and outdoor situations and is fast to focus as the kids move around so quickly. Thanks in advance for all suggestions.
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Old Jul 24, 2010, 1:26 PM   #2
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do you need a long zoom, if not the ef-s 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM is a much better lens then the kit, and allot brighter then the kit.
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I think most of the pictures I will be taking will be close up or across the room type pictures of family members. Is there at least a little zoon in the 2.8?
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f2.8 is the aperture. And it has about the same zoom range of 3.5x as the kit lens. But 2.8 will give much better low light ability.
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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens is actually pretty good and a bona fide bargain.

Either the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM or the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM would be an excellent replacement, but they are much more expensive.

I don't know where you might have heard that the kit 18-55 holds the T2i back, but I disagree. As a kit lens, it performs very well.
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Sorry, I should clarify what I meant by holding the camera back. I had read on several reviews that the kit lens can be a little slow to focus and people recommended getting a faster lens if you were dealing with kids. After looking at your suggestions I'm thinking the EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM will be right for me.
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The USM on canon lens tells they focus faster then regular dc motors of the kit lens. So if keeping up with kids, the USM lens will make it a better lens for that, and the 2.8 will give it better low light then the kit lens.
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The 17-55/2.8 IS USM is an excellent lens, and should serve you well. If you want to try it out, LensRentals.com has it available.
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The Canon 17-55 is a stunning lens, right up there with the L series lenses for full frame cameras so well worth the investment. If I was shooting with APS-C cameras rather than full frame for my primary use then this would be the lens I would have.
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You've already received some good advice. I have a number of lenses. Perhaps the best 'all round' lens I have is the 15-85mm Canon. The USM (fast focusing) and zoom range (15-85mm) are extra benefits for me compared to the 18-55 (non IS) kit lens I have.

Image quality of the 15-85mm is also better than the kit lenses (The IS 18-55mm version is better than my non-IS version). However having said that, I've made many good photos with the kit lens too, and it's focus isn't too bad.

I would probably buy with the kit lens (as the price difference is often very small). For me the difference between f2.8 and f3.5-5.6 lenses of this zoom range is noticeable but not so important. When I want large aperture lenses I go for primes.

Another option you might have is to keep the kit lens and buy a 85mm f1.8 lens, as it has fast focussing and is sharp wide open. Only thing is you loose the zoom convenience.

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