I would read up first to see what you really need otherwise you may end up with an expensive lens that you never use. Also, you may look into renting a lens first so you can get an idea of what you like/need.
lisaglamoclija wrote in post #15244727
Ok so I've been looking at this one EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
Will it give me sharp photos? Depends....
Are the lens HD-like? Don't know what HD-like is....
Most importantly: Can I shoot images up close? Depends.... up close like macro, NO unless you get an extension tube....
I was thinking of taking a photography course, but it's too often and I have a 16 month old and I'm already running a blog which is a lot of work!
^^Answers in red.
TBH I don't think the 70-200mm f/4 USM is what you are looking for. While it is a nice lens with many uses, from what I get from your description it doesn't sound like the lens you are asking for. The 70-200 f/4L USM is too slow for indoor action shots (moving kids/animals) and for me it is not wide enough for indoors, especially on my 50d since it is a crop camera. Also because of the MFD, you have to stand back from the subject, you can't be "right up on it" (like a macro lens). Now for tightly framed, classic portrait shots in a well lit area or OUTDOOR kids sports it's great!
Also, this is not a macro lens so no you can't shoot images up close. Now, you can stand back from the subject and zoom into something. The 70-200mm has a MFD of 3.9'. I would not recommend this lens for product photography like make-up and eyes.
Also, you don't have to take a class but I would recommend it. If you don't have time for a class then I would recommend reading the book Understanding Exposure. Or better yet just stick around this forum and read up. I've learned a LOT for this forum.
Scrumhalf wrote in post #15244792
This! And the nifty fifty. 430 EX II - about $250 new, maybe $200 used. Nifty fifty - about $125. Total: $375 at most.
^^ This is also what I would recommend! IMO the built in camera flash is not very good. I never use the built in flash on my 50D. I would suggest you get a good Speedlite flash like suggested above and a 50mm lens. I good flash will make a world of difference for your photo's and open up a lot for you.
However, I would suggest getting a 50mm f1.4 over the 50mm f1.8. It is cheap, lightweight, sharp and fast! I love my 50mm 1.8 but I don't like the focusing issues I have with this lens. The 50mm f1.4 is supposed to be better. I use my 50mm for just about anything though including a lot of product photography. I LOVE the focal length! It is great for low-light indoor photography, action shots, events and gives a nice blurry background.
If you want "close up" macro shots of your make-up and other products then I would look at a macro lens. I never shoot macro so I can't really suggest a good macro lens but maybe others will chime in.