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Old Sep 12, 2011, 6:49 AM   #1
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Default 18-55mm kit vs 50mm f1.8

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I'm about to buy my Canon 600D and i'm wondering if i should buy the body only or not.

I can get a good deal on the body here in Portugal, and then get the 1.8 from amazon.
If i buy the body+18-55mm it comes out at about the same price as the above.

I've seen everybody raving about the 50mm f1.8's better image quality and it's at a great price atm.

Question is can i do without the 18-55mm zoom range for normal day to day shots.
I'm getting a 55-250 for the zoom range but i'm not sure if i would need the shorter range or if "leg zoom" is enough.

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Old Sep 12, 2011, 6:57 AM   #2
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50mm is a cracking lens. Superb in low light. IQ fantastic
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 7:06 AM   #3
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The 50mm 1.8 is a very nice lens. I would never say it has superb IQ though. I certainly would NOT recommend getting it over the kit lens. 50mm on an aps-c sensor camera is not wide enough. I say this as an owner of the 50mm 1.8. It's a very good value as an introduction to wide aperture lenses. My advice to the OP - get the 18-55 instead. 50mm on aps-c is just too limiting.
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Too limiting depending on what and where you shoot.

Myself, i find it awesome. Love to use my feet to zoom and the images are nice and crisp etc.
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Where their ranges overlap, the 18-55 is as good a lens than the 50/1.8, it's stabilized, and it zooms. It's just 4 stops slower at 50mm.

What do you want to shoot?
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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I think the 50 1.8 is a great addition to the kit lens but depends on what your shooting to what lenses you need
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Old Sep 12, 2011, 11:40 AM   #7
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Question is can i do without the 18-55mm zoom range for normal day to day shots.
I certainly couldn't manage with only a 50mm prime lens on a crop
sensor camera like the 600D. People say you can 'zoom with your feet'
but this is only partially true. You can't walk very far indoors. For
wide angle landscape and architectural shots, even the great outdoors
is often too small.

I would go with the 18-55mm kit lens. The current ones are quite
good. You can always pick up a fast prime later.
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I only have the 50mm and so far i am very pleased with it. Brilliant in low light and DOF superb. It is good to zoom with your feet etc. Indoors can be tight. If so, buy a wide angle too!
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yeah 50mm 1.8 is an awesome lens. it's been on my camera since i bought it.. i forgot about 18-55 a long time ago.. although it's nice to have 18mm around
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Where their ranges overlap, the 18-55 is as good a lens than the 50/1.8, it's stabilized, and it zooms. It's just 4 stops slower at 50mm.

What do you want to shoot?
Thats a laugh. The 50mm 1.8 is streets ahead of the kit lens.
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