I've been reading posts on this forum for a while now but only now deciding to post as I am getting really confused and would very much appreciate your help!
I have had a Canon 650D for a while now, using it with the kit lens (18-55mm) and then with the Tamron 18-270mm. I was very happy with the versatility of the Tamron until about a year ago, when I started working on improving my photography and noticed the quality of both my lenses is just crappy. I am looking to upgrade and thought I would learn a lot (and gain a lots of quality for a small price!) by buying a prime lens.
However, I really cannot decide what I need / want, as I haven't yet found my preferred photography style (I shoot landscapes, buildings, portraits, street photography, nature, macro... just about everything!). An analysis of my lightroom photo library shows that about 40% of the photos taken with my Tamron were taken at 18mm, 12% at 20-27mm, 10% at 30-39mm and only 5% at 50-59mm (and a little bit at every focal length in between), but I'm not sure that means anything as I often crop my photos in Lightroom, sometimes heavily.
I am now hesitating between a combination of the following options:
- Canon 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM (equivalent 16-29mm): for landscapes, buildings, etc.
- Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM (equivalent 38mm): for street photography, probably a few landscapes
- Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM (equivalent 80mm): for portraits, macro (using it reverse) and bokeh... and because everyone just seems to love this lens!
- Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (equivalent 29-216mm): for general purpose, to have a versatile lens and not carry 10kgs of equipment with me (I usually go for full day shootings) - but will an amateur like me see the difference in quality compared with my Tamron?
I just can't decide which one(s) to buy!! I would love to remain under 500$ but don't know if that will be possible? What do you think would be the best combination to improve my images quality for a relatively low price without compromising too much of my focal range?
Many thanks in advance for your advice!