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Old May 12, 2015, 3:04 PM   #1
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Default What lens should I add to my collection?

I currently have 4 different lenses for my Canon T5i….a Canon 18-55mm f/3.5 STM, Canon 55-250mm F/4 STM, Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime, and a Lensbaby Muse. I love the 18-55 for wide angle stuff like group photos in small rooms or small areas. The 55-250 is great for really zooming in on stuff that is far away….the stabilization works great. I love the 50mm 1.8 for low light shots and portraits….and the Lensbaby is pretty much worthless.

What would you guys suggest for a new lens for me to test/tryout/buy? The only think that I would say I’m lacking is a lens that can do close up macro type shots….and one that can really reach out and get some good clean telephoto shoots of subjects far away.

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Old May 12, 2015, 3:38 PM   #2
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What do you want to do that you can't do already?

My first inclination would be to replace the lenses you've got with better ones. The 18-55, 55-250, and 50/1.8 are nice, but there are better choices, especially if you've got money burning a hole in your pocket.
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The Sigma 50-500 is pretty well regarded for wildlife and distant subjects, and wouldn't too often leave you wanting something shorter. Good walk around lens. Builds muscles.
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I think a larger zoom (might check out that Sigma), and also a nice macro lens to take close UPS of objects would round out my collection. I'm pretty happy with the lenses I have now......something to take macro shots.....and a larger zoom lens would be great. What would you suggest for an entry level macro lens?
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What would you suggest for an entry level macro lens?
It depends on what you want to shoot. If it's inanimate subjects in a well lit scene, you can get away with an inexpensive, short focal length macro lens, like the $420 Canon 60/2.8. But in a more natural environment, a shorter focal length may result in you blocking your own light and/or frightening an animate subject so you may want something longer, like the $500 Tamron 90/2.8 or the $550 Canon 100/2.8. And if you want to capture macro shots of rattlesnakes or crocodiles, you may want something that will give you a little more working distance, like the $740 Tamron 180/3.5 or the $1,400 Canon 180/3.5. Lastly, you may opt for a stabilized lens if don't want to (or can't) use a tripod, so you can choose from the $670 Sigma 105/2.8, the $750 Tamron 90/2.8, the $900 Canon 100/2.8, the $1,100 Sigma 150/2.8, or the $1,700 Sigma 180/2.8.

To be clear, there are no bad macro lenses. Your choice should be based on your specific requirements. Simply saying that you want to get a macro lens is like saying you want to get a truck; the solution depends on what you want to do with it? Do you want to deliver flowers, furniture, or cement?
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or go wider,
the Canon 10-18mm stm is both inexpensive (about 300$) and about the same quality as the ones you already have.
Would give you a real wide angle view of things.

I have both a few Sigma and Tamron lenses, but they suffer from the same next to no trade in value if you try to sell them off to upgrade.
I got a bit of a surprise when I went in to trade in my sigma 120-300 f/2.8 and the shops offer was under 1000$ for a lens that cost over 3000$.
BTW I have the Sigma 150 macro and the trade in offer was under 400$.
Needless to say I made no trades, kept the Other Equipment Manufacturers lenses and just bought new real Canons.
So the lens closet gets fuller.

The name brand L lenses hold their resale value much better.

If you want to do macro on the cheap get a set of extension tubes and a reversing ring for the 50mm f/1.8
Not the greatest way to go but inexpensive and can get you over 1:1 if you are careful.
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