Molson1020 wrote in post #16933845
So I bought a 3Ti for myself over Christmas and have been enjoying it immensely. I also went ahead and bought a Nifty Fifty lens which seemed to open up an even more creative world.
Well now I'm looking at replacing my kit lens with something better. I'm trying to stay within a $500 budget. Anyone have any suggestions?
Well, you could get a better zoom with constant aperture. Tamron's 17-50 F2.8 VC comes to mind for your budget. Great lens. Or you could entertain a much better prime. The Nifty Fifty is a taste into primes. If you got a Canon EF 35 F2 you would fall over, it's that different and much better. You'd probably never touch your zoom, nor the fifty, again. Think about what you shoot the most. Think about what options you want in a lens. With your budget, you can get a high quality prime. Or you could get a better than what you have zoom. But most zooms will not stand up to what a good prime can do. Only a few zooms with prime-like properties (and they cost a mint, out of this budget range unfortunately).
Tamron 17-50 F2.8 VC
Canon EF-S 10-18 IS STM
Canon EF 85mm F1.8
Canon EF 35 F2 IS
Canon 28 F1.8
Manual primes (require $10 adapter, fully manual lenses; inexpensive):
Super Takumar 50mm F1.4 (M42)
Helios 44-2, 58mm F2 (M42)
Yashica 50mm F1.4 (M42)
Oh, and Molson Dry was my shelf beer when I lived in Quebec!