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drcig
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Nov 30, 2012 13:47 |  #1

A Canon T4i is on the way with a 18-55 kit lens. I photograph as a hobby.

I am in need of some help on picking out a few lenses.

As an Electronic tech by trade I often photograph circuit boards for reference, and need something to get in a little closer than me G9 can do. I also photograph quite a few items that I sell on eBay and need to get a little closer so the buyer can read all text on the product or box.
I also photograph food, bugs, flowers, animals, model airplanes, air shows, and my son. So I will need something for portraits as well as some sport capability outside.
60% of things I photograph will be indoors. The lighting isn't that great so some low light performance would be helpful also.

I have a budget of around 1200 dollars. I want to get the most bang for buck.

Any help and insight would be very much appreciated.




  
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Nov 30, 2012 14:02 |  #2

ALL that in ONE lens? = Compromise! First I would have recommended a macro lens for your CB photos / flowers if you like to stick to the crop body the 60mm macro is good for that.
But ALL in one lens perhaps the 24-105 or 24-70 L lenses which you could later use on a FF body and are great lenses as "Allrounder / Do it ALL"


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Nov 30, 2012 14:04 |  #3

It doesn't have to be just 1 lens. I am definitely willing to compromise if there are multiple lenses to cover everything I photograph.




  
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Nov 30, 2012 14:21 |  #4

the question is also how long you have been photographing? Do you like the hobby or do you just start out? I had many crop bodies 30D, 50D, T3i and now finally 5D Mark III. Anyway I had ALL crop EF-S lenses 10-22, 18-200, 60mm Macro I ended up selling ALL with a loss. So I recommend getting EF lenses if you have been in the "hobby" for some time and know you like it and like the Canon line. Thats my take.


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Nov 30, 2012 14:21 |  #5
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You could easily spend $20,000+ if you want THE BEST lens for every purpose. Decide what you want to do, then look for the best lens you can afford that does that to your standards. If you tell POTN members exactly what you want to do (not EVERYTHING) they will have enough suggestions to make your head swim.


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Nov 30, 2012 14:29 as a reply to  @ drcig's post |  #6

I would say 70-200 f/4 non-IS which will cover outdoor portrait of your son and air show shots.

35 f/2 for a normal-ish prime lens for your crop, for shallow depth-of-field shots of your son (indoor portrait) and model airplanes.

100mm non-L macro for bugs, flowers, small stuff and model airplanes. Non-USM motor a little cheaper and similar image quality. But I think it extends externally where USM extends internally.

Any of these can be used for animals depending on how close you are or what framing you want. These three together should come in close to your 1200 budget, maybe a bit over if you buy new.




  
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Nov 30, 2012 15:20 |  #7

drcig wrote in post #15309034 (external link)
A Canon T4i is on the way with a 18-55 kit lens. I photograph as a hobby.

I am in need of some help on picking out a few lenses.

As an Electronic tech by trade I often photograph circuit boards for reference, and need something to get in a little closer than me G9 can do. I also photograph quite a few items that I sell on eBay and need to get a little closer so the buyer can read all text on the product or box.
I also photograph food, bugs, flowers, animals, model airplanes, air shows, and my son. So I will need something for portraits as well as some sport capability outside.
60% of things I photograph will be indoors. The lighting isn't that great so some low light performance would be helpful also.

I have a budget of around 1200 dollars. I want to get the most bang for buck.

Any help and insight would be very much appreciated.

for the close-ups get a 1:1 macro lens like the Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro or Canon 60mm or 100mm 2.8 macro - $300 + used
they also do great as portrait lens

For air shows, get the Canon 55-250IS - it's only $150 but sharp

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Nov 30, 2012 16:06 |  #8

I have been in the hobby for a while now. The T4i is something I plan on keeping at least 4 years or more before I upgrade to something else.
You bring up a valid point there Frugal. I definitely don't want to replace all my lenses when I buy a full frame camera in the future.

If I had to narrow it down I would say I do more macro and portraits than anything. An outdoor sports, animal/ airshow lens would probably be something I can wait on if I find a decent macro lens. Also I mostly hand hold my camera. Absolute max I can spend is around $1200.

I plan on investing in a new lens every couple years as I am able to. Photography is something I enjoy and will continue doing for a very long time.
Very nice photo there watt that is really sharp.

I am leaning toward purchasing an Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens. From what I have read it's a great macro lens.




  
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