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Old 24th of February 2012 (Fri)   #76
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that darn 70-300. keeps giving me nightmares. I still have it around for when people borrow my old set-up but I tell em its about as bottom of the barrel as you can get.
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Every time I see a soccer mom with a T3 (not i) and one of those lenses I just cringe.

Run far, far, far away.

I would look at a refurb like the ones from Adorama that have the one year return to them warranty, or I think the next round of Canon rebates will start on March 6th and they might have a discount on the 55-250, last year around this time it was $100 off, making it $199 new!
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Old 24th of February 2012 (Fri)   #78
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Every time I see a soccer mom with a T3 (not i) and one of those lenses I just cringe.

Run far, far, far away.

I would look at a refurb like the ones from Adorama that have the one year return to them warranty, or I think the next round of Canon rebates will start on March 6th and they might have a discount on the 55-250, last year around this time it was $100 off, making it $199 new!
actually last summer they sold for $149 new at a lot of places
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Maybe I'll wait.
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Maybe I'll wait.
Or buy it from a place with a price match policy like Best Buy. If the price drops due to an instant rebate you can match against it, I did that last year after I bought mine.
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Old 24th of February 2012 (Fri)   #81
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The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Telephoto Zoom Lens also becomes quite long reach. The effective field of view is 120 to 480mm. I'm not saying that someday you might not want/need that reach, but for now you need to learn a great deal about photography and the camera in general and then make that decision.
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The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Telephoto Zoom Lens also becomes quite long reach. The effective field of view is 120 to 480mm. I'm not saying that someday you might not want/need that reach, but for now you need to learn a great deal about photography and the camera in general and then make that decision.
And when that someday comes...odds are that you are going to want a lens with a little more quality, like the 70-300 IS USM, or one of the 70-200s with a teleconverter, although that starts to get crazy expensive.

The 55-250 is what I would be looking at for your next lens.
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Old 24th of February 2012 (Fri)   #83
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My warranty from my refurbed 55-250 (U.S.A.) from Adorama:


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I'm going to buck the advice here and suggest that first you spend some time really learning how to use your camera. You could buy a $2,000 'L' lens, and if you don't know how to set up the camera you won't get good pictures. On the other hand, as you can see in this forum it's possible to take great photos with your 18-55IS once you know what you're doing.

In my opinion, the 55-250 is a great value lens - for which you may have relatively few uses unless you want to shoot wildlife, aviation, or something else at very long distances. I bought one as a newbie DSLR user, thinking I was going to spend a lot of time taking great telephoto shots. I almost never use it.

What I found MUCH more useful was a faster lens. I bought a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (without Tamron's version of image stabilization). The big advantage of that lens is that it allows you to take indoor photos without a flash. That's a huge step-up from indoor photos with the kit lens and the on-camera flash. The f2.8 speed also allows you to get a shallower depth of field, which is a big feature of DSLR over a point-and-shoot anyway.

If you're on a budget, I would suggest the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. You can get one for the price you're going to pay for a used 55-250mm. It will allow you to take great indoor portraits without flash and get really shallow depth of field shots. Also, as a learning photographer, having a fixed focal length lens will force you to stop and think a bit more about the shot and the composition.

Buy the 55-250 if you really need the long telephoto capability and plan to use it regularly. If not, get the 50mm f1.8 for $150 new or less, and then spend time learning proper photographic techniques and photo editing. Shoot everything in RAW - converting to JPEG using Digital Photo Pro that comes with your camera will teach all about the various parameters of the image and what all the settings do.

After you feel really comfortable and know all the limitations of your lenses and why they won't do what you want, then you can consider upgrading to your next lens.
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I bought one as a newbie DSLR user, thinking I was going to spend a lot of time taking great telephoto shots. I almost never use it.
You never use it as a macro-ish lens for subjects that are closer? It works really well for that too.

I agree on the faster lens for indoors, the OP did also state that he wanted more reach, so I was going down that line.

The 50mm 1.8 is a good lens too, although you need to be aware of the learning curve with a really shallow depth of field as you can get a lot of pictures that are out of focus if your subject moves much at all.
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That's kind of the point I was making about that lens - it's a great teaching lens, because it forces you to think more about light, composition, depth of field, and focus.

Good point about the macro capability of the 55-250. I never really thought about that.
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I'm going to buck the advice here and suggest that first you spend some time really learning how to use your camera. ...
After you feel really comfortable and know all the limitations of your lenses and why they won't do what you want, then you can consider upgrading to your next lens.
Good advice.

The 18-55 might be all you ever need. Instead of becoming a compulsive gatherer of gear (like most of us here) train yourself to become a compulsive photographer addicted to learning new techniques. A little restraint will put you on a much faster track towards becoming a good photographer.

Unless you really have your heart set on a specific type of photography (sports or birds for the 55-250; or "artistic" shots for the 50mm f/1.8) you'll have a lot more fun if you reach the limits of your current equipment before complicating things with additional lens options. Same with software. Become an expert at using Zoom Browser and DPP (both were included with your camera) before considering the purchase of Lightroom or Photoshop.

A used copy of "Understanding Exposure" would be a perfect investment at this point.
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A used copy of "Understanding Exposure" would be a perfect investment at this point.
I'm a newb and grabbed that book the day after I got my T3i...fantastic book! I also got T3i for dummies, which has been very helpful, too...lol.
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I have a feeling that the OP will end up with a 5D2 + a 70-200L IS II before long
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I have a feeling that the OP will end up with a 5D2 + a 70-200L IS II before long
Yeah, buying the fun equipment is definitely part of the attraction to photography. Unfortunately, buying lenses doesn't make you a photographer any more than buying a sewing machine makes you a clothing designer.
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