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Old Aug 24, 2011, 5:34 PM   #1
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I will be taking my first ever trip to Europe this winter, I picked up a used Canon 40D body so I can take a few photos. Now I need to buy a lens and few other items and was looking for suggestions:

1) I have a used film camera lens (38-76mm) I am using. I would like to buy a lens for my trip (I would rather buy two good lenses than one ok one). Budget is tight would like to spend $300 combined for both lenses. Which lenses would u suggest for this trip, most pictures will be inside museums or of architecture in poor lighting.

2) I was told that I should buya knockoff lens on ebay as they are all the same.

Please advise :-)
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Old Aug 24, 2011, 5:35 PM   #2
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I do not care about brand name only image quality. also any other suggestions of what i should pick up
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Old Aug 24, 2011, 5:57 PM   #3
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That budget pretty much limit you to to used market. And being on such a tight budget, for indoor shots, where allot of churches and museums do not allow the uses of a flash, I would pick up the canon ef 50 1.8 for about 70 dollars on the used market. For walking around and needing some reach, you can find the ef-s 55-250 IS for 130-150 dollars. And for under 100 dollars you can find the ef-s 18-55 IS lens. That would actually be a pretty good setup for your trip. The 18-55 is way more useful then the 38-76 which will be very tight for some of the architectural stuff.
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Old Aug 24, 2011, 9:00 PM   #4
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I'm with Shoturtle. That budget is extremely limiting. Other than my Nifty Fifty, which I bought new for $70 a couple of years ago, I don't have a single lens that didn't cost more than double you total budget. But the two zoom lenses he cited have a good name and many people have exactly that combination. And the 50mm is an absolute must, but make sure you keep it in a protective case and look after it. Optically it's superb but it isn't robust.

Regardless of focal lengths, and there I also agree with Shoturtle, the used lens you have presumably has an FD mount and won't work on your 40D...? If it does work I presume it must be one of the latest film-era lenses.
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I guess I will increase my budget to $500 and borrow the 18-55 from dad (he has the kit one from XSI). So after buying the 50mm one, I will be left with $400. Which lens(es) would you recommended for abt $400...i read that the 28-135 wasnt a great a lens- it might be a great one for my budget.

any revisions on recommendations given the new budget?
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I would look at sigma 17-70 it a good lens giving some wide angle at f2.8 up a zoom of 70 f4
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 12:23 PM   #7
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If you'll have the 18-55 anyway and have $400 left over for your last lens, I'd still get the 55-250. It's a good lens (you can see photos taken with it on POTN) and to get better you'll need a lot more than your $400 - the law of diminishing returns kicks in fast! You'll want a long lens during your trip. As I said before, many people have the 18-55 and 55-250 as their sole lenses, and take good pictures with them.
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I agree the 55-250is is a good lens I got mine plus the 50 1.8 for $300
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thanks guys. now it is time to buy a book on photography 101. thanks a lot :-)
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i am getting a deal for canon EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III USM for 100 bucks, should i get that instead of of the 55-250?
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