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May 11, 2012 16:24 |  #1

I have the Canon EOS Rebel T3, with the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and the EF-S55-250mm f/4-6.6 IS II lenses. I am fairly new to the dslr cameras and need some help deciding what type of lenses will help me get the most out of my camera. So please give me some advice and some tips on what lenses I can get for not alot of money that will produce professional quality photos. Thank you in advance for the help!




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May 11, 2012 18:09 |  #2

ksasser wrote in post #14417539external link
need some help deciding what type of lenses will help me get the most out of my camera.

This tells me you aren't ready for new lenses.
Use the ones you have right now, learn how they are limiting you, then buy new lenses to remove those limitations.

So please give me some advice and some tips on what lenses I can get for not alot of money that will produce professional quality photos.

Get out, practice, read about lighting, composition, techniques etc.., look at work from good photographers. No lens will produce "professional" quality photos in the wrong hands. Make sure yours are the right hands by improving your skills, not by spending money.


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May 11, 2012 18:15 |  #3
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What Sirrith said, plus learn the basics of post processing. That makes a world of difference imo.


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May 11, 2012 19:33 |  #4

ksasser wrote in post #14417539external link
I have the Canon EOS Rebel T3, with the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and the EF-S55-250mm f/4-6.6 IS II lenses. I am fairly new to the dslr cameras and need some help deciding what type of lenses will help me get the most out of my camera. So please give me some advice and some tips on what lenses I can get for not alot of money that will produce professional quality photos. Thank you in advance for the help!

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May 11, 2012 19:37 |  #5

I would suggest getting a fast prime. So that you can experience that. The Canon 50mm is inexpensive and a decent lens, and lends it self to low light, and playing/understanding what you can do or not do with a shallow depth of field.




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May 11, 2012 21:44 |  #6

Those two lenses that you already have are perfectly fine. I've gotten some amazing shots with them in the past with my T2i. You just have to keep shooting :) Practice and learn post processing. If you really want to buy another lens you could try the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 - but apart from it being a prime lens, your current lenses already reach that focal length so you won't see much of a difference in that, just the DOF will be shallower (or out of focus if you don't know how to use it).

I spent almost two years with my T2i and those two lenses you currently have before I thought about updating my gear. Give them a chance to prove to you what they can do when used in the right hands. Its not the lenses that will take "professional" quality pictures. Its you.


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May 11, 2012 23:53 |  #7

Christina.DazzleByDesi​gn wrote in post #14418825external link
Those two lenses that you already have are perfectly fine.
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Its not the lenses that will take "professional" quality pictures. Its you.

I have to agree .. dropping money on more lenses won't magically give you 'professional quality' pictures. Used properly, what you have now should be able to produce stunning images.
Practice, practice, practice .. and as you feel you're getting better at it, practice some more.


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May 12, 2012 01:39 |  #8

I agree with everyone. Professional lenses are refered to as professional for many reasons other than producing professional images. Practicing will get you results faster than anything regardless what kind of lenses you have. But, new lenses are always fun to get. Go grab a 50 1.8 and go shoot until it stops working! Also, as someone mentioned, grab a good photo editing program such as lightroom.

Also also, here's a good article with some great pointers. Happy shooting!

http://improvephotogra​phy.com ...y-wouldve-learned-sooner/external link


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May 12, 2012 08:51 |  #9

kjonnnn wrote in post #14418323external link
I would suggest getting a fast prime. So that you can experience that. The Canon 50mm is inexpensive and a decent lens, and lends it self to low light, and playing/understanding what you can do or not do with a shallow depth of field.

Yes, if anything at this stage, get the 50 f/1.8. That's what I did and never regretted!




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May 12, 2012 09:04 |  #10

ksasser wrote in post #14417539external link
So please give me some advice and some tips on what lenses I can get for not alot of money that will produce professional quality photos.

The 2 you already have, if you learn proper technique and how to get the most out of them.

+1 on what Sirrith said, it's spot on feedback.


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May 12, 2012 09:39 |  #11

i'll disagree with most of the posters. you want some new glass, and you think it'll help you get the most out of your camera. nothing wrong with that, new glass might inspire you in new ways that you haven't explored yet. a good macro lens will certainly open up a new world, they did for me. some good lenses in the canon lineup are 60mm and 100mm macros; 15-85mm is excellent on a crop body as a general wander about lens; it's very hard to beat the 10-22 if you want a great wide angle lens on a crop body; 70-200's (pick the one you can afford) are excellent, the already mentioned 5 0 1.8 is a great value lens, probably the best bang for the buck in the canon lineup.
i like the longer primes too, 300 and 400.




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May 14, 2012 09:32 |  #12

wow thanks everyone for all the advice. me and my wife are new to this. we have been taking pictures for a while but never with a dslr camera. I really like this camera alot. but i hope next yr we get the 7D.




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May 14, 2012 12:01 |  #13

ksasser wrote in post #14429174external link
but i hope next yr we get the 7D.

do yo need that much camera? just becuase it it is the most expensive canon crop, doesn't mean its the best one for you.

to add the 7D it isn't going to produce any better quality than a rebel that costs over $1000 cheaper.

get a body that has has the features you require, put the rest into lenses/tripods/flashes​, etc. too many people waste money on a camera they dont need and balk and buying good accessories to complement it.


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May 14, 2012 12:05 |  #14

ksasser wrote in post #14429174external link
but i hope next yr we get the 7D.

Why? Same as with lenses, a more expensive body isn't going to give you "professional quality". Your t3 is probably far from being a limiting factor.


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May 14, 2012 12:44 |  #15

Read all of these articles on composition. Then practice-practice-practice.

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