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May 31, 2009 14:24 |  #1

MY SIL just graduated from the Citidal two weeks ago and her birthday is Friday. I was thinking since her parents bought her a Canon Rebel Xsi with a kit lens, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, as a combo gift, that I could pick her up another lens with a longer focal length as her combo gift from us. Or a nifty 50? or a flash? I dont want to spend more than $200 but the closer to the $100 mark the better.

What do I get her?


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May 31, 2009 14:25 |  #2

50mm 1.8 is my vote.


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May 31, 2009 14:40 |  #3

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50mm 1.8 is my vote.

me too. i suspect it will be the one you end up with when all is done.


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May 31, 2009 14:54 as a reply to  @ SCOTTinNJ's post |  #4

That is a nice idea and an understandably tight budget. Have you considered maybe getting her a nice camera bag, rocket blower, microfiber cloth, lens tissue and cleanin solution? Or perhaps a BH Photo/Adorama gift card? Just tossin out a couple more ideas :D




  
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May 31, 2009 15:57 as a reply to  @ Kuma's post |  #5

Outside of the Nifty, it's tough to get a lens with good IQ for the price you're looking at, so alternative camera related gifts is a good suggestion. Camera bags are nice, but can be a matter of personal taste. The Canon RC-1 wireless remote is an inexpensive and useful accessory. That plus a bag could be a nice gift...


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May 31, 2009 16:10 |  #6

Or maybe gift card to a good camera shop?


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May 31, 2009 16:32 |  #7

Sigma 70-300 is just over $200 at B&H.


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May 31, 2009 16:58 |  #8

If you want it to be a surprise I think the gift voucher is the better idea, if you dont mind her knowing before hand then ask her what she wants. It would be a pity to buy something she didn't want or use.




  
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May 31, 2009 18:06 |  #9

50 f/1.8 is a great lens. I used mine all the time until I upgraded. I wish someone would buy me a lens.


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May 31, 2009 18:46 as a reply to  @ straightedgephotography's post |  #10

The nifty 50 was my first vote but then I thought her current kit lens already has that focal range so wouldnt something with a longer focal range be better?

Her parents already bought her a bag so that wouldnt work.

I guess I could go with accessories but I think a gift card might be best.


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May 31, 2009 18:50 |  #11

Even though the kit lens covers the 50mm, I'd still say get it. The 50mm shines for portraits, but the kit lens most likely won't at 50mm. I've already bought two 50mm's as gifts for my friends and they love 'em!


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May 31, 2009 18:54 |  #12

Gift card from B&H.


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May 31, 2009 19:05 |  #13

Do you think she will get serious into photography? if she's just going to be casual photographer, I think it's just better to get her something like external flash or memory card or fish eye extension or something more useful than a lens. Giving her another lens would probably confuse her and give her a hassle. If she knows at least something about photography, find out her needs and find a decent lens for her. I only consider nifty fifty as decent lens for budget below $200.


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