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Help with game plan for lenses

 
hoamskilet
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Mar 12, 2012 10:48 |  #1

I'll try to make this as short as possible. Current equipment looks like this:

XTi, 18-55 kit lens, 50mm 1.8, Promaster (think tamron made it) 70-300

I'm very much an amateur, but would like to slowly start upgrading my lenses. Basically what I want to do is set a plan for future purchases so I end up with a few good lenses that cover most of what I'll use them for without ending up with overlap/more lenses than I need.

The bulk of my shooting these days revolves around my 2 year old daughter, but I also enjoy cars, aviation, landscape, etc...when I get the time.

My most immediate upgrade (which inspired this post) will be the kit lens. We're taking a trip to Disney at the end of the month, so I'd like to get a good lens for that trip pretty quick here. I'd like to get a good "walk around" lens with IS and was leaning heavily towards the Sigma 17-50 2.8. I'm planning on taking all of the lenses with us, but guessing the majority of the time I'll be using the 17-50 and maybe the 50mm for some night time stuff. Thoughts/suggestions?


Next on the agenda down the road sometime is supplementing the 50mm with something wider. The 50mm is a nice little lens, especially for the price, but I find that I don't use it as much as I thought I was going to inside due to 50mm being a bit too long. So the goal here is a good lens for indoors which obviously doesn't have a ton of light.

The 70-300 will eventually be upgraded to something better, but that will probably be the last to get an upgrade.


So to sum up what I'm looking for advice wise is

1: Am I on target in regards to the upgrade to my walk around lens for our disney trip (and everything after of course)

2: Am I missing something in regards to the collection of lenses. It's going to take a long time to upgrade everything, so my main concern is in regards to the focal lengths of my intended future purchases as opposed to any specific lens that's out at the moment

Thanks for any help




  
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Mar 12, 2012 12:11 |  #2

I've been using Canon's 15-85mm IS lens for two years on first an original Rebel and then my 60D. It is a fantastic lens for about 90% of my shooting. For low light, I use flash if possible, or else high ISO (which the 60D handles very well). On my recent trip to Peru and Machu Picchu, I only took the 15-85, and I didn't miss a shot!


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Mar 13, 2012 10:10 |  #3

anybody else have any thoughts?




  
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Mar 13, 2012 10:16 as a reply to  @ hoamskilet's post |  #4

I love my 24-70 and looking to get 135 f2l next.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 10:23 |  #5

hoamskilet wrote in post #14071862 (external link)
So to sum up what I'm looking for advice wise is

1: Am I on target in regards to the upgrade to my walk around lens for our disney trip (and everything after of course)

2: Am I missing something in regards to the collection of lenses. It's going to take a long time to upgrade everything, so my main concern is in regards to the focal lengths of my intended future purchases as opposed to any specific lens that's out at the moment

Thanks for any help

If you are working on a long term plan, I would say you should start thinking of whether you might want to go full frame in the near future before investing much in EF-S lenses. If you do not see yourself going full frame (most people do) then a great walk around lens to invest in would be the Canon 17-55 f2.8 - a great lens but it's EF-S so will not work on your full frame in the future.


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Mar 13, 2012 14:25 |  #6

The One Pixel Wonder wrote in post #14078017 (external link)
If you are working on a long term plan, I would say you should start thinking of whether you might want to go full frame in the near future before investing much in EF-S lenses. If you do not see yourself going full frame (most people do) then a great walk around lens to invest in would be the Canon 17-55 f2.8 - a great lens but it's EF-S so will not work on your full frame in the future.


Good advice. I'd have to say I don't really envision myself going full frame (how many times has that been said on here haha). It's gonna be forever and a day before my abilities outgrow my XTi and quite frankly I don't have the money or time to invest in making moving up to full frame worth it. Thanks for the advice




  
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Mar 13, 2012 15:03 |  #7

Damn you......now you have me thinking if I would ever consider moving up some day haha




  
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Mar 13, 2012 16:43 |  #8

hoamskilet wrote in post #14079581 (external link)
Damn you......now you have me thinking if I would ever consider moving up some day haha

hahahaha I never thought I would when I justified investing in the 17-55, but then the L bug bit me and, oh well, I am happier - at least I have very successfully convinced myself so :)


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