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BensonTT
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Mar 24, 2012 22:41 |  #1

Hey guys, I want to upgrade my cheap 18-55mm lens to something a little bit better.. Can you guys recommend a good ALL PURPOSE lens for the Canon T2I? Did a google/forum search and am just overwhelmed by how many diff lenses are out there. My budget is under $600 .. Thanks so much...




  
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Mar 24, 2012 22:42 |  #2

Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS


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Mar 24, 2012 22:44 |  #3

Thank you rehype for the reply.. I forgot to mentioned that I would like to stick to Canon brand lens. I dont know why but I prefer Canon only




  
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Mar 24, 2012 22:46 as a reply to  @ BensonTT's post |  #4

I hear the Canon EF-S 15-85 fits your bill. I've read several threads here on the forum and convinced myself that's the way to go. I just ordered one a couple of days ago; so, I don't speak from personal experience. However, there are many on here who recommend it highly.




  
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Mar 24, 2012 22:47 |  #5

Well what do you shoot and at what focal lengths? In what respect is your 18-55 limiting you? The point of a camera with interchangeable lenses is that there's not supposed to be one single all purpose lens.




  
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Mar 24, 2012 22:51 |  #6

mike_d wrote in post #14148009 (external link)
Well what do you shoot and at what focal lengths? In what respect is your 18-55 limiting you? The point of a camera with interchangeable lenses is that there's not supposed to be one single all purpose lens.

Mostly taking pics of my kids, cars, scenery etc... Sorry this is my first DSLR camera so I really dont know much about lens... I have been told that the 18-55mm that I have is total crap and that I should upgrade.. LoL




  
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Mar 24, 2012 22:52 |  #7

you can check out the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM (non IS)


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Mar 24, 2012 22:52 |  #8

Put some with it and get the Canon 17-55.


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Mar 24, 2012 22:53 |  #9

BensonTT wrote in post #14148033 (external link)
Mostly taking pics of my kids, cars, scenery etc... Sorry this is my first DSLR camera so I really dont know much about lens... I have been told that the 18-55mm that I have is total crap and that I should upgrade.. LoL

Are you happy with your images? How could they be better? Don't upgrade your lens just because someone says the lens is crap. Upgrade when you figure out how its limiting your photography.




  
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Mar 24, 2012 22:58 |  #10

mike_d wrote in post #14148046 (external link)
Are you happy with your images? How could they be better? Don't upgrade your lens just because someone says the lens is crap. Upgrade when you figure out how its limiting your photography.

Yes, this is the key question. You can't possibly decide which lens you need unless you can identify which problem you need to solve.


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Mar 24, 2012 22:59 |  #11

mike_d wrote in post #14148046 (external link)
Are you happy with your images? How could they be better? Don't upgrade your lens just because someone says the lens is crap. Upgrade when you figure out how its limiting your photography.

The 18-55mm images looks ok. I thought a better lens would make the image more sharp, crisps etc? Is this false?




  
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Mar 24, 2012 23:05 |  #12

BensonTT wrote in post #14148068 (external link)
The 18-55mm images looks ok. I thought a better lens would make the image more sharp, crisps etc? Is this false?

That lens can be very sharp, especially in the center and at certain apertures. The IS on it works very well too. Its drawbacks would be build quality and the variable aperture. Maybe light transmission too, but if you're just taking casual photos, that's unlikely to be a major issue for you.


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Mar 24, 2012 23:05 |  #13

BensonTT wrote in post #14148068 (external link)
The 18-55mm images looks ok. I thought a better lens would make the image more sharp, crisps etc? Is this false?

A higher quality lens will likely be capable of producing sharper images. But you could go out and spend $1000 on a new lens and come back here complaining that its "soft" when the real issue was your technique, not the lens. This is why I caution you to upgrade wisely once you know that upgrading will solve a problem. If you have some way of borrowing a lens you're interested before buying, that would be ideal. There are also online lens rental sites but they can be expensive.




  
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Mar 24, 2012 23:08 |  #14

Ok, I think I will stick with the 18-55mm for now and fool around with it...Thanks for the advise guys... I really do appreciate it! :)




  
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Mar 24, 2012 23:45 |  #15

If you shoot indoors a lot, seriously think about getting a good ETTL flash you can bounce off the ceiling and/or wall. It'll vastly improve your flash shots vs. using your camera's onboard flash.




  
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