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The Best ALL PURPOSE Lens recommendation for a Noob

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Mar 25, 2012 14:59 |  #31

Don't upgrade your lens because someone else says its bad.

Upgrade your lens because you feel it isn't performing to your standards.

And don't limit yourself to canon only.

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Mar 25, 2012 15:56 |  #32

If I were you I'd buy a fixed focal length (prime) lens.
It'll make you a better photographer just like a manual transmission helps you become a better driver.

A 50mm f/1.8 would be a cheap way to do this.
a 30-35mm prime would be a more "versatile" walkaround lens that you can use.

After a few thousand clicks with a prime, you'll know what you really need and you haven't lost anything because you can turn around and sell them for not much less than what you bought them for...

Best of luck!

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Mar 25, 2012 18:02 |  #33

rehype wrote in post #14147983 (external link)
Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS


BensonTT wrote in post #14147995 (external link)
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

Why not? I know you don't know why, but think about it....

I have the Sigma 17-50, and I have owned the 24-70L, 24-105L, and many other Canon lenes, and I am just as happy with the Sigma. Don't get me wrong, the construction is MUCH different, but the quality of the photos are pretty spot on.

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Mar 25, 2012 22:37 |  #34

BensonTT wrote in post #14147977 (external link)
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...

Several people have mentioned the 15-85. And I concur, its a great lens. But it definitely costs more than your budget. Sometimes there is a Canon rebate and the lens sells for as little as $650 -$699, but unfortunately, the latest rebate ended recently and the best you can do right now is around $730 - $740. It's often considered a bit overpriced because with a list of $800, its within shooting distance of an L lens, and it has a variable rather than fixed aperture. However, for most of us who own one, its a fantastic lens with excellent build quality and worth every dime.

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Mar 26, 2012 02:33 |  #35

BensonTT wrote in post #14148101 (external link)
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! :)

good idea...wait until the lens can't do what you want to, and then you'll know what kind of lens to get...

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Mar 26, 2012 10:41 |  #36

Get a nifty fifty and the 55-250. They would be an excellent addition to your 18-55, and well below your budget. My two cents.

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Mar 26, 2012 11:06 as a reply to  @ post 14148193 |  #37

The 18-55mm IS kit lens is quite decent while the previous 18-55mm non-IS version is not quite up to the quality of the IS.

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