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Old Nov 30, 2010, 6:06 PM   #1
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Hey everyone!

I'm new here but I thought I would get the ball rolling and start asking some questions I've had for a while now.

I know lens preference is essentially "to each their own" but I would really like to know what kind of lens people use, and what kind of shots they have taken with them.

I currently use the stock 18-55mm lens, and I'm looking to upgrade without the expensive trial and error. I've been saving up for a QUITE sometime, so my budget is very friendly.
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Old Nov 30, 2010, 7:40 PM   #2
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What's your camera? This is the Point and Shoot forum.
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Old Dec 3, 2010, 4:01 PM   #3
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Can't believe I forgot to include that, my apologies!

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Old Dec 3, 2010, 4:03 PM   #4
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Can't believe I forgot to include that, my apologies!

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Just realized this thread is in the wrong section.
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Moved for you.

I use a lot of lenses (on a selection of Canon dSLRs), they range from the Sigma 10-20mm up to a Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 with some Canon glass in the middle and a Tamron just added. It's easier to find out what you are looking to shoot to start giving suggestions rather than listing what I use 10 lenses for in detail. What I can easily say is that they cover landscapes, weddings/portraits, wildlife/macro and sports work. There is not a single lens that is only used for one thing, each as various uses, it is knowing when to use the right lens for the job.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 8:53 AM   #6
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As Mark said, you have to look at lens selection differently. There is no one lens. Buying a lens that is a jack-of-all-trades means it will be a very average performer. You need to think of lenses like tools in a toolbox. You buy the tool based on the job you need to perform. Doesn't do you any good to buy a compound mitre saw only to find out you really needed a nail gun. Of course if you have $40,000 or so to spend we could gladly help you spend it on a fairly substantial (though not complete) arsenal.
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Nah.

One lens. 28mm f1.8 on your crop camera. Does everything worth doing. :-)
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One lens. 28mm f1.8 on your crop camera. Does everything worth doing. :-)
... except possibly sports and birding.
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Nah.

One lens. 28mm f1.8 on your crop camera. Does everything worth doing. :-)

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... except possibly sports and birding.
Add a litlle more to the cant do list of the 28
Portaits
Candids
weddings
Actually its easier to list what it will do
Landscapes

As already said there is no 1 fits all but there are a few general purpose lenses Like the EF 24-105L or its much cheaper counterpart the EF 24-135. These both fall in the category of "If I could only get one lens to cover the most which would it be". Of course they are separated substantially in cost and IQ.
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Add a litlle more to the cant do list of the 28
Portaits
Candids
weddings
Actually its easier to list what it will do
Landscapes
Not that this is really the reason of this thread however, I'm looking at adding the 28 f1.8 for weddings work to give more creativity. 28 is fine for portraits, just more environmental than full length or anything. it comes back to personal choice and style. I agree, that a 28 isn't a 'normal' portrait lens but I'm often shooting wide angle at weddings or locations shoots. Studio is the difference when it's the 80-100mm range that I go for.
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