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Advice for a Cheap-O: 55-250mm IS or 50mm f/1.4??

 
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Aug 12, 2010 06:18 |  #1

Hey guys and gals, I'm looking to buy the Canon Rebel t1i - my very first dSLR! - with the standard kit lens. However, I have a little more money in my piggy bank saved up for another lens. The choice is between the 55-250mm IS and the 50mm f/1.4 USM. Of course, once I buy one of these I'll probably get the other as well, just not in the near future (as a holiday gift or something ;). Which is the better lens for a, you can say, new-dSLR-user like me? I like taking portrait photos and macro intrigues me as well. Post your experiences with these lenses - which one do you use more, what exactly do you use each one for, and any extra advice that should help me in making my decision. Thank you in advance! :)


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Aug 12, 2010 06:48 |  #2

I'd say go for the 55-250IS. It's an excellent lens, and given the comparison, it complements your kit lens more than a 50mm prime would.

Basically what it comes down to is what you think you'd like to use the lenses for. imho, greater reach and extended focal length range > fast prime?




  
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Aug 12, 2010 07:37 |  #3

Why not the 55-250 and 50mm f/1.8? The nifty fifty offers great value for money and can serve as a low light lens in a kit with 2 zooms.


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Aug 12, 2010 08:46 |  #4

If you're taking portraits, a fast 50mm prime wouldn't be a bad idea. It's really not that versatle for much else though. A 55-250mm would be my personal preference, mainly because it's not as limited.




  
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Aug 12, 2010 09:24 |  #5

I second the 55-250 and then just get the 50 f1.8 Its dirt cheap and damn sharp. The IQ differences between it and the f1.4 version are minimal.


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Aug 12, 2010 09:27 |  #6

Another vote in favour of the 55-250. It's a great lens.


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Aug 12, 2010 10:20 |  #7

wait till you actually get your DSLR...play around with it for a week or so...the answer should become more obvious to you whether you need more reach(55-250mm)....or something for low-light(50mm f1.4)


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Aug 12, 2010 10:47 |  #8

Rsyx wrote in post #10707100 (external link)
Why not the 55-250 and 50mm f/1.8? The nifty fifty offers great value for money and can serve as a low light lens in a kit with 2 zooms.

That's not a bad suggestion. The total comes out to the same as a single 50mm f1.4.

Going with just one, though, I would say 55-250. You can take fine portraits with the 55-250 and it has nice magnification for macro shots.


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Aug 12, 2010 12:21 |  #9

I agree with the suggestions of 50 1.8 + 55-250!




  
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Aug 12, 2010 15:36 |  #10

ingraman wrote in post #10707391 (external link)
If you're taking portraits, a fast 50mm prime wouldn't be a bad idea. It's really not that versatle for much else though. A 55-250mm would be my personal preference, mainly because it's not as limited.

Take very seriously this part of the comment: "If you're taking portraits, a fast 50mm prime wouldn't be a bad idea. It's really not that versatle for much else though."

Do you really need a 50mm lens with your crop camera, regardless of price?

The 55-250 is one of the best "bang-for-the-buck" lens you can buy. It can be purchased from Adorama for $199.95, refurbished: http://www.adorama.com​/CA55250AFSR.html (external link)

Two items you should strongly consider: A flash of 430 EXII quality or better and a good post processing program.

I used my 50D with the built-in flash one time at an indoor birthday party and immediately ordered a flash.

A program that includes good noise reduction will allow using slower lenses and higher ISO camera settings. I would highly recommend Lightroom 3 except for a few little quirks that I really do not like.


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Aug 12, 2010 16:10 as a reply to  @ Craign's post |  #11

I would go with the 50 1.4 because you will get superior picture quailty. Give yourself the option of being able to take professional looking pics. In my opinion the 50/1.4 takes pics as good as most L lenses.




  
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Aug 12, 2010 16:11 |  #12

Craign wrote in post #10709934 (external link)
Take very seriously this part of the comment: "If you're taking portraits, a fast 50mm prime wouldn't be a bad idea. It's really not that versatle for much else though."

A 50mm lens is definitely not just suited for taking portraits. The nifty fifty has a FOV of 80mm, a great lens for all sorts of things. I'd rather have one great 50mm than a mediocre zoomlens (though value for money can be great).

Just like a prime can be called limiting in the sense that it lacks zoom, you can also call a zoom limiting in the sense that it often comes with a small maximum aperture.


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Aug 12, 2010 17:23 as a reply to  @ Rsyx's post |  #13

See if you can buy the camera with the 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS as a two-lens kit combo. This combination is the best value going and the discount that you get on the 55-250mm by getting it as part of the combo is reason enough to get that lens over the 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8. YMMV.


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Aug 12, 2010 17:48 |  #14

A lot of places give you a discount on the 55-250 IS when you buy it with a dSLR kit...




  
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Aug 12, 2010 17:49 |  #15

85 1.8. 50 1.8. 50 1.4. 60mm 2.8 macro is prolly my fav for a crop tho.


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