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Old Jul 10, 2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default What lens should I get with my Canon T3i?

I am an amateur photographer and I am going to get a Canon T3i.
I haven't decided what lens to get. I know that the lens kit that comes with it is the Ef 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6. I have used this lens before and I have no problems with it but I am looking for more zoom. I looked at the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II. What do you think about this lens? I will be taking a trip to Spain and I need something versatile. What would you recommend for me? Should I get both the lens kit and another lens?
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 12:06 AM   #2
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Hi realitiesdragon

The Canon T3i is a good camera to begin one's DSLR photography.

Do be careful that you write the name of the lens exactly if you are ordering it. You wrote:
Ef 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 but I think the kit lens for the T3i is:
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

I have the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (non IS!) which is a decent lens (but not as sharp as the IS version). I still use my 18-55mm occasionally with my Canon 350D (an earlier model 'beginner level' DSLR).

However when I go travelling, I find the 18-55mm limiting in terms of focal length. My main camera now is the Canon 7D, and I have the Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, which has both wider and more telephoto, AND has higher quality (better sharpness, colour & contrast) as well as the usefulness of USM and the latest IS.

Regarding whether to get the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II... I think that this lens complements the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and together, they make a very good budget 2-lens kit (I have suggested this combination to various friends). The "version I" of this lens is also really good.

However, do not under-estimate the convenience of having not to change lenses. If you get a 18-135mm IS (there is an older version, or the new STM version) OR a myriad of 18-2xx (200mm, 250mm, 270mm, etc) - that can also really be a bonus- so you can capture more images without changing lenses.

Image quality does suffer a bit on such 'superzooms' - often particularly at the tele-end... but you can still get decent photos. There must be a million threads on the internet with reviews / opinions about the various superzoom lenses. Google will help you! I personally recommend you decide on a 'convenience' factor. The Tamron 18-270mm lenses are good - but there are new superzoom lenses coming out all the time.

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Old Jul 11, 2012, 3:39 AM   #3
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as kit lenses go the 18-55 isnt bad I would look at a dual kit with 55-250is as thats also not a bad lens for its price and delivers well in the image stakes
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I agree. The Canon 18-55 kit lens is good, as is the 55-250 IS. Anything better would cost a lot more.
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My wife started with the 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses and took some great pictures using both lenses. She now has the Canon 17-55mm lens but still uses the 55-250mm lens.
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15-85 is a cracking lens
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15-85 is a cracking lens
Agree, the Canon 15-85mm range makes for a nice walk around/all around lens. The 15-85mm came out a couple of months after my wife picked up her Canon 17-55mm lens. I wonder which one she would have chosen if both had been on the market when she was looking. Would she had taken the 15-85mm for the better range or stayed with the 17-55 for the f2.8 at all focal ranges?
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Tamron 17-50 is supposed to be great too
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The unstabilized version is great. The stabilized version? not so much. The Sigma is better, but it's not great.
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The 'old' stabilized version wasnt too good but by all accounts the newer lenses are fine
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