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Sep 15, 2013 16:48 |  #16

Go second hand so your money goes further - I'd also only buy two lenses, 24-70 and 70-200 should cover the majority of situations with a good level of quality!


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Sep 15, 2013 17:33 as a reply to  @ post 16298978 |  #17

16-35L 2.8
24-70L 2.8
70-200L 2.8



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Sep 15, 2013 17:55 |  #18

At less than $600 per lens for your stated budget and noting that you are working with crop camera, I'd suggest (and some of these may require buying used):

one walk around lens: 18-135 STM ($550 new) or the 15-85 IS - both have similar IQ - depends on whether you want wider or longer on your walk around lens. Also, the 18-135 STM is lighter but the 15-85 is, therefore, heavier and better built.

one long lens - choose from 55-250 STM (probably the best bang for the buck), the non-L 70-300 IS , the L 70-200 f/4 (non-IS) or the Tamron 70-300 VC

one fast or portrait lens: the 85 f/1.8 or 50 f/1.4 - depending on what you shoot and whether you do groups, head and shoulders, full body etc.

or substitute the 10-22 for your true wide angle solution

Get the 18-135 STM first and that will help you decide what focal lengths you are truly missing.

Choosing the long lens will be the toughest decision. All the ones mentioned above are good




  
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Sep 15, 2013 18:16 |  #19

RX350 wrote in post #16299086 (external link)
16-35L 2.8
24-70L 2.8
70-200L 2.8

All under $600 each yeah?




  
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Sep 15, 2013 20:10 |  #20

28 1.8
50 1.4
85 1.8


Canon 6D 50mm 1.4 and 16-35mm f/4 IS

  
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Sep 15, 2013 20:23 |  #21

alot to take in! thanks for all advice and info. it is greatly appreciated everybody!




  
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Sep 16, 2013 13:00 as a reply to  @ erichbair's post |  #22

My 80mm f/1.8 was the first lens I purchased for my 20D. I probably use it the most, along with my 135mm.


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Sep 16, 2013 13:43 |  #23

Not sure I agree with some of the suggestions here, as they seem suited for FF and not crop which the OP has...

If I were building out my lens collection for a T4i, I would get these: (used if possible)
Canon 10-22 or Tokina 11-16 - (Landscape/Nature)
50 1.4 and/or 85 1.8 - (portrait/nude/bikini) 50 would have a closer working distance than the 85.

That would cover what you mentioned you shoot. On top of that I'd look at

Sigma 18-35 1.8 - general walk around
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70-200 f/4 - shooting anything from a distance


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Sep 16, 2013 18:19 |  #24

Thorrulz wrote in post #16298517 (external link)
Canon 85 f/1.8 = Portraits
Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 = Landscapes
Canon 70-200 f/4 non IS = versatile lens in studio or outdoors

Wow . Every lens u recomend is not in ur lineup ....


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Sep 16, 2013 18:44 |  #25

For beginning, you aren't really going to know what focal lengths you want/need. I'd say start with a wide/ultra wide angle lens, a telephoto lens, and maybe a prime.

18-55mm, 55-250mm, and the 40mm f/2.8 pancake would be where I would tell someone to start.


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Sep 16, 2013 18:59 |  #26

promod wrote in post #16301929 (external link)
Wow . Every lens u recomend is not in ur lineup ....

None of the lenses I recommended are in my lineup either. However, we were tailoring our suggestions based on what the OP shoots and what his budget constraints were.


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Sep 16, 2013 19:18 |  #27

good lenses for your T4i
1- EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ( Landscapes,Architectur​e,interiors )
2- EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ( General,Portraits,Prod​ucts )
3- EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM ( Close UP/Macro,Portraits,Pro​ducts )
4- EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM ( Sport,Wildlife,Travel )


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Sep 16, 2013 20:01 |  #28

kawi_200 wrote in post #16301996 (external link)
For beginning, you aren't really going to know what focal lengths you want/need. I'd say start with a wide/ultra wide angle lens, a telephoto lens, and maybe a prime.

18-55mm, 55-250mm, and the 40mm f/2.8 pancake would be where I would tell someone to start.

I have an aversion to telephoto zooms - especially for less experienced amateurs, and most especially for the lens that is "always on the camera." a fixed focal 40mm (1.6x = 64mm) pancake lens will encourage the photographer to compose by walking, to think - rather than spin a zoom collar, to interract - rather than to observe. plain english - to focus on the shot - not the gear. this less than an inch thick gem, is (IMHO) a great suggestion. a moderate telephoto/portrait lens - a bargain ($200 new) - and a decently sharp lens, at that. what's not to like?

the second lens I would recommend is the gift Canon crafted for the APS-C, the 10-22mm wide zoom. with the 1.6 crop factor, it has an impressive range from 16-39mm. I can mount this lens and get lost in the viewfinder - for hours at a time. it makes photography, again - IMHO, fun. novel concept. highly recommended as a second lens. ($650 new/~$575'ish used). this is arguably the splurge on this short list, but why not have a little fun? - - but I suppose ymmv.

for your 3rd lens, I'd also suggest the best optics you can afford in a 70-200mm lens. I'd suggest trading down from the f/2.8 in favor of f/4 AND IS - image stabilization. hand held, the IS is worth 3 to 4 F stops. a bit more than f/2.8 vs. f/4. sans tripod, the IS will let you use this f/4 version of the "L" optics - in far more situations than the non-IS f/2.8. just my thoughts. the f/4 IS ~ $900 (used).

I'd pass on the 50mm f/1.8 (nifty 50), in favor of it's faster, better built, better focusing 50mm f/1.4 ($100 vs $400). if and when $$$ works.

Better yet, since Canon is in process of slowly updating it's main prime lenses, and since the f/1.8 and f/1.4 were last updated in 1990 and 1993, respectively, major upgrades are coming. The current version of the f/1.4 suffers the old "micro USM" focusing system (fragile), while the current f/1.8 lacks even that. granted the new versions will be more $$$ - but the bump in quality is long overdue. traditionally, the 50mm is a workhorse. why not hold out for quality in this lens? again, my 2 cents.

then again, if you really want a "normal lens," consider the old (pre update version) 35mm f/2 (equiv. 56mm). a great "walk around" lens - and new stock is still to be found under $300. this lens, optically, is every bit as good as its $600 updated sibling. and if someday you go full frame, it's still a decent wide angle lens - and unless you're into time-lapse shots, do you really need IS on a wide angle lens?

Finally, I use lens hoods. I use a collapsible rubber (agfa?) hood on the 40mm. "cheaper than canon" knock-offs of the canon tulip shapes are available from your favorite kindle retailer, and I use decent UVs on non-polarized lenses. check monoprice for goofy prices. if using the 10-22mm, I'd spend the extra $$$ on a "thin" multi-coated hoya or better - need to avoid vignetting at smallest focal lengths. again, ymmv.




  
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Sep 16, 2013 20:55 |  #29

kawi_200 wrote in post #16301996 (external link)
For beginning, you aren't really going to know what focal lengths you want/need. I'd say start with a wide/ultra wide angle lens, a telephoto lens, and maybe a prime.

18-55mm, 55-250mm, and the 40mm f/2.8 pancake would be where I would tell someone to start.

Good choices there.

I have the 18-55, 55-250, 50 1.8 Mark I and the 10-22 for landscapes.


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Sep 16, 2013 21:12 |  #30
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You can get a nice start for less than $600 total, not per lens. Keep the 18-55. It is a decent lens. I wish I'd kept mine. Save your money until YOU know what YOU need.

The original 18-135 will cost you about $150, used. A used 55-250 will cost about $125. Together they cover a very wide range of focal lengths. You have a decent setup for less than $300. Neither of these lenses will depreciate much more. You'll get your money back when you sell. Which means you can gain some 'no-cost' experience while figuring out what these lenses DON'T do that you need to do. Then you will know what lenses to buy, that will work for you.

Someone advised buying used. I agree. If you buy a really good lens, like the 135L, used for $800 today, you can use it for a year and get your $800 back if you don't like it. Don't buy new until and unless you KNOW you'll be keeping that lens forever. Even at that, used gets you the same thing, cheaper.


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