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Good all-around upgrade for Rebel XS

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Oct 24, 2010 08:05 |  #1

I have the Rebel XS with the standard 18-55 lens. I mostly take photos at family events, inside and outside. I have just recently set up my first "studio". I'd like a little more options, with a bigger zoom being one of them. I am fairly new to photography, so I am looking for suggestions as to a new lens upgrade. Thanks.

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Oct 24, 2010 13:30 |  #2

What's your budget?

Are you happy with the short end or long end of the 18-55, or are you looking for something wider/longer?

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Oct 24, 2010 13:32 |  #3

buy more flash..


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Oct 24, 2010 13:46 |  #4

i would get a 30d/40d. i see them going for pretty good prices online. if you want more zoom i'd get the 70-300mm since you're beginning. or if you have disposable income grab the 70-200L.

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Oct 24, 2010 14:03 |  #5

Well, it really depends what your budget is.

Nikon D610, 50 f/1.8, 70-300 VRII

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Oct 24, 2010 14:38 |  #6

A Leica M9. :D

Or if you are on a budget - a 40d, 50d, 60d, 7d, 5dc are all good upgrades. If you help us understand your requirements, it'll help to narrow down a bit. I know you said events - but what kind? Concerts? Dance? Sports? Do you like to shoot in low light? Wide? What's your budget?

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Oct 24, 2010 17:45 as a reply to  @ hieu1004's post |  #7

A 5DMk2 with a 24-105 IS L would be a decent start.

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Oct 24, 2010 18:21 |  #8

A 50 1.8 and a 55-250

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Oct 24, 2010 18:26 |  #9

halitime wrote in post #11157272 (external link)
A 50 1.8 and a 55-250

What he said.

Both are inexpensive and both are fantastic lenses for the money.

Nobody cares about your gear list...

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Oct 24, 2010 18:39 |  #10

ef-s 15-85 offer a decent IQ.. and can be your all-around lens.. pricey though


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Oct 24, 2010 22:08 as a reply to  @ mansalim's post |  #11


Since you mentioned studio, a good tripod. These are the things that I have bought and I have enjoyed using them.

Canon XS - EF 17-40 f4 L - Sigma 24-105 f4 - EF 70-200 f4 L - Nissin Di622 - Manfrotto 7302YB - Swiss Gear slinghttp://www.pinterest.c​om/pin/create/extensio​n/ (external link)

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Oct 25, 2010 00:35 as a reply to  @ klassenl's post |  #12

...He's looking for a lens upgrade... so why mention xxd and 5d camera upgrades?

With that aside. Look into getting a prime lens in either the 30 or 50mm range. The cheapest autofocus prime lens is the Canon 50mm f1.8. It takes great pictures, but you have to be patient with the autofucus in less than perfect conditions. Which is why some people opt for the canon 50mm f1.4 instead. Another good option if 50mm is too close quarters is the sigma 30mm.

For a telephoto zoom I would look at the canon 55-250 IS. And if you can spend a little more perhaps the new Tamron 70-300 VC.

And if money is not an object at all I would opt for the sigma 50mm and a canon ef 70-200 F4L IS usm

Canon 40d; 18-55 cheap and it works, 50 f/1.8 ii.

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Oct 25, 2010 11:18 |  #13

Just sharing my experience of upgrading from 18-55 kit lens. I bought Canon EOS500D cammera and 18-55 kit lens a year ago. I used it for family, friends & outdoor locations and was highly pleased with results and also for having upgraded back to SLR from compacts (5 yrs back I had film SLR).

I had one complaint that I sometime wished that kit had longer focal length. One day while portrait photographing in a room with two - three bright lights, I continously got flare from lights which were always outside the frame (kit lens does not come with any hood). So now I had two reasons to upgrade and I replaced kit with Sigma 18-200 lens. This lens comes with hood and has excellent focal range.

First new experience with the lens was that in poor light and with zoom over 100mm the auto focus refuses to work. Second issue came that by now I was reading this forum quite a bit - I learned quickly that I had bought a lens which is huge compromise on image quality (IQ). I even read in some lens testing site where the lens got only two stars in five for optical quality. With some money to spare, the situation was not acceptable. I wanted a lens which would give better IQ (& higher rating by experts)

So I went through trllion threads on this forum, read all technical litterature on net (two hours every day post dinner - otherwise I am quite busy being a manufacturing unit head) and reached conclusion to sell sigma and buy wide angle (outdoor I took majority pictures at 18mm) and to buy a 50mm prime for portraits.

I went back to camera shop where I had sold my kit & bought sigma. 30% discount on sigma was not acceptable to me and the shop guy sold me Tokina 12-24, F4 and Canon 50, F1.4.

Now Sigma does not come out of my closet. One problem I am facing is since I (& majority enthusiasts) do 99% hanheld photography, I get 1 in 5 pictures with hand shake. Second problem is that I carry around all lenses not knowing which one will be needed where. Few months have passed & both lenses are proving to be excellent in IQ. While 50, F1.4 is value for every penny/ money spent, I am not sure of wide angle (I keep repeating to my self that next holidays I will recover its value).

Off late I am now coming to view that I actually needed Canon 17-55 IS lens and cheaper canon 55-250IS. I would have used 17-55 most of the time and 55-250 once in a while when I felt the longing for longer focal length.

But the awakenning is too late now, as the shop, I know, charges 30% discount on all lenses returned.

PS: So my recommendation for all amateures is to initially go for canons 18-55, 55-250 & 50 F1.8. These are excellent lenses to begin with and low priced. Later on you can upgrade the one you use most

Reading your thread, post dinner time here, I felt I should share my happy?? experiences. Regards SS Manak

EOS 6D ii, Canon 24-105f4 L ii, Canon 50 f1.4, Tamron 100-400 f4.5-6.3 VC, Canon 430EX ii, Canon 270 exii

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