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What is the first lens I should buy?

 
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Dec 13, 2009 00:32 |  #1

I am getting an XS with the kit lens. What is the first lens I should buy?




  
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Dec 13, 2009 00:33 |  #2

What is your budget? What do you like to shoot?


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Dec 13, 2009 00:39 |  #3

Usually when people ask me I would say 50mm f/1.8 but it all depends what you like to shoot.


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Dec 13, 2009 00:42 |  #4

Play with your gear find out waht you need after a while. Decide whether you want longer, wider, faster, closer, etc instead of buying now because your too eager. If your really keen to buy something, buy yourself a good tripod. That way youve got something that youll always need and also something that isnt as fun to spend money on, but once youve spent it youll be very thankful that you did.


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Dec 13, 2009 00:45 |  #5

I really want to shoot people (in a non studio environment), landscapes, and wildlife. Nothing over $250 or so. I know I am not probably going to be able to get a good wildlife zoom lens for that price so I guess I just need a good lens to shoot impromptu photographs whether it be family or landscapes of places I visit.




  
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Dec 13, 2009 00:50 |  #6

For about $200 you can get the EF-S 55-250 IS which can be used for wildlife photography. It's probably your best option, and may be your only option for $250 or less. It's a very good lens for the price.

Another option is to get an external flash like the Canon 430ex II. It's not a lens, but it will allow you to do much more with your 18-55 IS kit lens.


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Dec 13, 2009 00:51 |  #7

Is n't the kit lens (18-55 most likely) good enough to start with? Get going, try it out, learn how to use it, discover it's shortcomings and decide then what you want to buy next!


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Dec 13, 2009 01:09 |  #8

I would try to get a flash like the 430EX instead with that $250 limit.


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Dec 13, 2009 01:13 |  #9

50mm f/1.4, you'll keep this lens forever


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Dec 13, 2009 01:24 |  #10

a fast one ;) ...so yep one of the plastic fantastic primes as suggested would be a good start.


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Dec 13, 2009 05:46 |  #11

I agree with the others - consider a flash and the cheap 50mm 1.8 before plunking down serious money on new lens




  
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Dec 13, 2009 07:26 |  #12

youve picked 3 subjects that take 3 different lenses :)

people = narrow DOF - prime lens 50mm or 85mm wide aperture

Landscape = option for a nice wide zoom EF-s 10-22 maybe

Wildlife = long 100-400 or the 55-250 for now for budget...

Lucky you bought a DSLR so you can change lenses... :) welcome to the slippery slope and a way to buy some very expensive tubes of glass :) but in all honesty - the 55-250 will serve you well - for people and wildlife - and even for landscapes (selectively) goodluck and welcome!


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Dec 13, 2009 08:52 |  #13

Get a flash unit. The lens you have should cover most of what you do.



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Dec 13, 2009 08:57 |  #14

vk2gwk wrote in post #9186818 (external link)
Is n't the kit lens (18-55 most likely) good enough to start with? Get going, try it out, learn how to use it, discover it's shortcomings and decide then what you want to buy next!

^My advice too.

Why look to buy something when you don't know what you want (if you know what I mean).

If you need/want another lens now, a 55-250 is a decent shout and will further your range.


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Dec 13, 2009 09:12 |  #15

good advice here to wait until you know what you want. The first two lenses that I bought are no longer used, one I sold and the other sits in the closet. That all happened within 12 months of starting, so give it some time.


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