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Jun 11, 2015 12:28 |  #1

Hi guys... "hatchling" here, wanted to ask for some of your recommendations/ suggestions on what essential lenses I will need beside/ or to replace my current kit lens that came with my camera: Canon 18-55mm STM lens, and Canon 70-300mm lens. I currently have a Canon EOS Rebel SL1...

Lenses that I have in mind to get right now are the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens from Tamron, and a 50mm f/1.4 lens from Canon...

Appreciate anything else that you guys can recommend/ suggest...


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Jun 11, 2015 13:39 |  #2

Budget? And what do you plan to shoot the most? Until you shoot a lot & that becomes clear, use what you have. I'm guessing that those lenses are probably better than you are anyway? ; )
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Jun 11, 2015 14:59 |  #3

aikijoe12 wrote in post #17593028 (external link)
Hi guys... "hatchling" here, wanted to ask for some of your recommendations/ suggestions on what essential lenses I will need beside/ or to replace my current kit lens that came with my camera: Canon 18-55mm STM lens, and Canon 70-300mm lens. I currently have a Canon EOS Rebel SL1...

Lenses that I have in mind to get right now are the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens from Tamron, and a 50mm f/1.4 lens from Canon...

Appreciate anything else that you guys can recommend/ suggest...

Heya,

There is no essential lens for everyone. What's more important is to figure out what you are shooting and what properties of a lens are useful to what you shoot and focus on them (du-dump-tsssssss!).

So what do you shoot?
What's the end result of what you shoot? (print, web, just for self, clients, etc?)
What's your budget?
What do your current lenses not do that you really want them to do differently?

You'll see a bunch of "must have" lenses type threads, and there are really inexpensive good quality lenses out there that will also get labeled "must haves." But it's all relative. For me, an essential lens was a 600mm lens, because I do a lot of birding and wildlife in general. Hardly something that everyone wants/needs, but it was essential to me. You've got to boil down all the mumbo-jumbo and focus on yourself and what you shoot and what your goals are from your photography.

To me, the essential thing for a beginner is to learn photography, before worrying so much about gear. Having a camera and a lens to work with is all that is essential. From there, it's about learning photography and getting experience so that you will have an actual basis that is your own to figure out the next step in equipment (if any is even needed) based on what you actually shoot, or will shoot.

Also, don't get caught up in the idea of the lens being the ultimate thing you should be considering. You may find that the look you like, is the result of post processing. Or you may find out that you're a budding strobist and you're more interested in light.

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Jun 11, 2015 17:48 |  #4

aikijoe12 wrote in post #17593028 (external link)
Hi guys... "hatchling" here, wanted to ask for some of your recommendations/ suggestions on what essential lenses I will need beside/ or to replace my current kit lens that came with my camera: Canon 18-55mm STM lens, and Canon 70-300mm lens. I currently have a Canon EOS Rebel SL1...

Lenses that I have in mind to get right now are the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens from Tamron, and a 50mm f/1.4 lens from Canon...

Appreciate anything else that you guys can recommend/ suggest...

Well, you have 18-300mm covered at the moment. From all accounts, the 18-55 STM performs very well, even though it's a "kit lens".

If I were you, I'd shoot what I have for a while until you find out what genres of photography you enjoy shooting. I would probably buy a few books on photography if this is your first venture into it. Many of us started out reading Bryan Peterson's book: "Understanding Exposure". www.amazon.com/Underst​anding-Exposure-3rd-Photographs-Camera/dp/0817439390/ (external link)


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Jun 11, 2015 18:39 |  #5

i would say the new 50 1.8 stm over the 50 1.4. plus you save about 175$. and when the IS 50 1.4 comes out upgrade to that one. But yea agree with second poster, It really depends on what you shoot and what is important to you. My sons play baseball so i have a 70-300 is usm. I like portraits so i eventually traded up to a 135 f2. but selling my tamron 28 -75 and 100 f2 canon to pay for 135 f2. for wide i have the plastic fantastic 19-35 tamron 50$. And bought the 50 1.8 stm for low light indoor. general zoom is 35$ 28-70 3.5 canon because its pretty good and like primes and really cant afford 24-70 2.8 II. Also im on FF. on crop you have way more choices.


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Jun 11, 2015 18:43 |  #6

^ Above! New 50 f1.8 stm vs the older f1.4

Get the new 10-18mm for a low cost UWA (low light / thin DOF)

Get the 100mm macro USM for both macro fun and nice portrait work. (macro / portrait)

Other than that you could go for more reach, but only if YOU 'need' it.
I bought the 55-250mm lens and it collected dust most of the time I owned it.

Each other these lens has a specific function that you kit cannot do.

Also, try to buy used, off the forum here. If you don't need it later, sell it for what you paid.
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Jun 11, 2015 18:55 |  #7

without knowing your budget, what you shoot, and how the current lenses are holding you back...any recommendation will just be people pretty much recommending the lenses they like...which may or may not help you out...so...more info is needed


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Jun 11, 2015 19:47 |  #8

I think you have the general range covered - I suggest you look at a fast medium telephoto prime to explore subject isolation and composition. The 50mm 1.8 is a good option, but I would go tighter.
The 100mm 2.8 Macro or the 85mm 1.8 Canon would fit the bill - or the Sigma 85mm 1.4. There's a Tamron 90mm Macro as well. None of those would break the bank.

Be very careful though - that can be a gateway drug to full frame....


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Jun 11, 2015 19:50 |  #9
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I can't afford my 'essential lens' list. Still using my 'getting by' lenses.


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Jun 11, 2015 19:57 |  #10

Sounds to me like you already have the essentials: a camera and a lens. In fact you've got two lenses. Now all you need to do is use them. The more you use them, the more you'll figure out over time what you enjoy shooting and if other lenses will offer benefits not currently available in your inventory.

It is easy to spend lots of money on lenses that make little impact on the quality of your photos.


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Jun 11, 2015 20:43 |  #11
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bumpintheroad wrote in post #17593568 (external link)
Sounds to me like you already have the essentials: a camera and a lens. In fact you've got two lenses. Now all you need to do is use them. The more you use them, the more you'll figure out over time what you enjoy shooting and if other lenses will offer benefits not currently available in your inventory.

It is easy to spend lots of money on lenses that make little impact on the quality of your photos.

+1. Very good advice.


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Jun 11, 2015 21:09 |  #12

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+1. Very good advice.

Ditto on that too. I started with a proverbial coca-cola bottle bottom type of lens and was able to get some decent results at times after shooting myself stupid. I read a lot, shot a lot and eventually realized that my current (then) lenses weren't delivering what I was after. But that was a while back. More shooting and learning followed and even now that I shoot part-time for a living I'm still learning and still figuring out whether the lenses I have cover all of my needs. I think they do but I must have bought and sold half a dozen of them. Don't waste your money yet, try to learn and shoot as much as you can with what you have and when you are absolutely certain that your lenses aren't as crisp or as fast as you would like them to be and that you are being able to control every aspect of your photography, only then make a decision to buy maybe one better lens. Learn and shoot, get to know the beast and get another lens that will do the tricks that you are after. You will know for sure when you are ready for another very specific lens. Above all: have fun :)


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Jun 11, 2015 22:28 |  #13

As mentioned above, you're good for now. Invest in more storage, i.e. hard drive. Consider exploring off camera flash.




  
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Jun 12, 2015 03:40 |  #14

Any lens you can get your hands on. Vintage manual glass is somewhat cheap and can help you hone into what you like to shoot.




  
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Jun 12, 2015 06:14 |  #15

Hey guys... thanks a lot for all the tips/ suggestions/ recommendations... above all, I am having a great deal of fun using my camera, and trying to learn as much as I can from watching videos, and of course, joining forums such as this to get a lot of insights from people like yourselves. I am also looking into a photography classes or workshops that I can attend.

As far as shooting, I love shooting sports events especially of my kids competition events (baton twirling) and are mostly held in indoor basketball gyms. But overall, I don't have any particular discipline so to speak of what to shoot... I just love taking photos--sport events, people, landscapes, sunsets, beaches, etc. I'm always behind the camera.

My budget right now is limited, so most of the ones that I will be looking for are used lenses. I know there's quite a bit of great deals in there of good/ very good used lenses. In all, I will be taking your advices in learning a lot more about photography and getting to know my current equipments and in the process having a great deal of fun...

Many thanks guys...


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