Hey guys. I'm into the outdoors, backpacking, and documenting my trips. I know many will recommend a smaller camera for this use, but I'm getting a Canon T3i to replace my Canon SD1400 IS.
I'm curious as to what lens I should get (yes, I've read the stickies). I can only settle with one all-purpose lens for the outdoors, and bringing two lenses isn't an option. And it must be useful for HD video recording, as well as photography.
I'm willing to hear some advice from you fellas, as I'm quite new to the world of DSLRs. I've done a bit of forum browsing and am still stuck. My friend recommends a Sigma lens, but through my own research I'm a hair leaned towards a Canon lens.
The three factors:
- It must be affordable (under $400 for me)
- Relatively light-weight
- Very versatile, for close-ups, landscapes, and some wildlife photography.
I am not done researching, but currently it's a toss-up between the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens, and a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II. A Canon EF 50mm f1.4 is up in the air as well. Let me know if I'm right in these choices.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it would seem that the Sigma has the Canon in terms of versatility, but it's quite heavy, and more expensive.
So the dreaded question; any recommendations?