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Which lens to replace kit lens?

 
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May 27, 2014 13:37 |  #1

Hey everyone,

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?




  
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May 27, 2014 13:50 |  #2

A Canon EFS 17-55 f/2.8 is a great lens. You'll be going some to find a good used one for $500, but you'll come close. By the way you bought a T3i ;) .


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May 27, 2014 13:50 |  #3

Depends on what you want. If you want something to be faster than the kit lens, the sigma 17-50 f/2.8 is probably the lens you are looking for in that budget, on a larger budget, I'd say used canon 17-55 f/2.8.




  
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May 27, 2014 13:53 |  #4

Do you want to duplicate the range of the kit lens? BTW the kit lens isnt a bad lens for that focal length, you might want to consider adding more capability first by getting a different range, then backfilling the kit lens later.




  
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May 27, 2014 14:29 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #5

For sure I'd add this when it comes out

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …10_18mm_f_4_5_5​_6_is.html (external link)

Then look to add something on the long side.
A flipped 70-300 can be had for $350 on CL.
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May 27, 2014 14:34 |  #6
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For a T3i, I'd suggest:
EFs 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, if you need aperture.
EFs 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, if you need range.
EFs 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, if you need UWA.
EFs 60mm f/2.8 Macro, if you need an excellent portrait and macro lens.

I don't own the 17-55, but have the other three, and swear by them. They are all quite good.




  
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May 27, 2014 15:34 |  #7

Molson1020 wrote in post #16933845 (external link)
Hey everyone,

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?

You don't say what you like to shoot, so I'll recommend a broad-spectrum lens: Tamron 18-270.


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May 27, 2014 16:14 |  #8

gonzogolf wrote in post #16933884 (external link)
Do you want to duplicate the range of the kit lens? BTW the kit lens isnt a bad lens for that focal length, you might want to consider adding more capability first by getting a different range, then backfilling the kit lens later.

I agree with this. When I had the T4i the last lens I replaced was the kit lens.
I enjoyed the 50 1.4 lens just like you enjoy the 50 1.8

I would recomend some choices depending on what type of photography you want.
For UWA I recommend the Canon 10-22mm (10-17mm range is added)
For Macro I would choose the 60mm macro or 100mm macro USM, the later is heavier.
The lens will not only add macro to your abilities, it is also a good portrait lens.
As others have stated if you want a better lens than the kit lens, the 17-55mm is perfect.


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May 27, 2014 16:26 |  #9

archer1960 wrote in post #16934094 (external link)
You don't say what you like to shoot, so I'll recommend a broad-spectrum lens: Tamron 18-270.

I sold my 18-55 and 55-250 kit lenses and went with the Tamron 18-270 for overall convenience and I really like it for what it is (especially for the price).


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May 27, 2014 16:32 |  #10

Here is a 100mm macro USM at a great price. Although it is not my lens, I have used it.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1379992


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May 27, 2014 23:03 |  #11

I love my Tamron 17-50 2.8. I don't think you can beat it for the price as a general purpose lens. Everything else out of this range has a more specialized use, and you didn't give us any info on what you want to do with the lens.




  
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May 28, 2014 00:00 |  #12

Molson1020 wrote in post #16933845 (external link)
Hey everyone,

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?

Heya,

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).

Zoom:

Tamron 17-50 F2.8 VC
Canon EF-S 10-18 IS STM

Primes:

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)

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May 28, 2014 14:44 |  #13

Sigma 30mm f/1.4.


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May 28, 2014 15:02 |  #14

What do you want to take pictures of?


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May 28, 2014 15:13 |  #15

Hi Molson1020, you really need to let folks here know what you like to shoot, then you'll get the best advice.

Without this info, I wouldn't be looking to replace the 18-55 so quickly. I think kit lenses unfairly get a bad rep, but I found the 18-55 to be a solid performer, and the IS comes in handy. But if you want something faster in a zoom lens in that range, I believe Tamron/Sigma has lenses that come into your budget.

If you want a telephoto, I'd try to stretch the budget just a bit to get the 70-200 f/4L (non-IS version).

Me personally I'd like a wider prime for an APS-C camera, so if I were in your shoes I'd stretch the budget just a TAD and get the 35mm f/2 IS.




  
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