Okay guys I finally got my replacement T4i and I am still loving it. I got a tripod and head and building my collection and taking a lot of photos. I have a question though because I am a little stuck on what lens to get. I have done lots of research and I will explain my dilemma...
My original plan was to get the $110 50mm f/1.8. I got the 18-135mm lens with the kit. I have seen some of the pictures taken with this experimenting with the bokeh and think this would be fun. That was my plan but then I realized I may have the chance to spend a little more and go up to the 50mm f/1.4 that is around $300. I had my mind made up on this after reading a lot of reviews. Well now I may have another chance to spend a bit more. One thing I have been eyeing was a macro lens. Some of the shots I see with macro lenses are amazing and I really thing I could have fun with one. I looked at the 100mm f/2.8 USM that is around $500. They also offer this lens with IS but it is around $900. $900 is really out of my range. $500 is also out of my range but I MAY be able to swing it. I have read that the 100mm without the IS is good as long as its only being used for macro shots but it you go to use it for portraits then you really miss the IS. Like I said I have the 18-135mm so would I still be okay with the IS since I can use it for portrait work? I haven't really found out what I like to shoot yet. I am new to this but honestly I think I would like the macro a bit more than the bokeh work.
Does anyone have any thoughts on which way I should swing? Also I know some will say I should just save up and get the 100mm with IS but that just really won't be feasible so what is listed is the only options. Really the $500 100mm may be too much but I may be able to get it but I want to feel like it is a good choice. Anyways thank you for any input!
Also I am loving the pics you guys are posting!
Congrats on your new lens. Glad to know your problem has been solved.
For your question, my advice is, take one step at a time. Don't go on splurging on lenses you thought you like and in the process, spending a lot. You already have the 18-135 STM which is a good walk around lens. Try to make a photowalk first. After that evaluate yourself, what are your needs and wants. What is hindering your progress and stuffs like that. When you answer those questions, then it's time to look for lenses or other photography materials to help with your craft. Remember, photography is addicting like you want to buy all stuff.
Play with your 18-135 first, that's how you'll learn.