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Jul 09, 2012 23:12 |  #1

Quick history...A few months ago I purchased a T3i, returned it, then a 60D, returned it as well. Bottom line, I decided I didn't want to get into credit card debt for a camera. I've now saved up enough for a used body for around $600 and I have found one locally. Problem is, I need to save a bit more for a lens.

Would it be silly to just go and buy a 50mm until I can afford better glass? Around $100 is all I can spare right now anyway.

I will primarily be taking pictures of my kids/family, travel and architecture if that info helps.


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Jul 09, 2012 23:14 |  #2

I think the 50mm is a great lens, and many others share that opinion. Definitely wouldn't be a waste if you decide to pick it up.


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Jul 10, 2012 00:21 |  #3

If you only have a 50mm, you will have to zoom with your feet. 50mm Is a bit limiting when combined with a crop body. I'm not saying it isn't adequate, but limiting. Maybe your experience will be different?




  
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Jul 10, 2012 00:37 |  #4
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Sure. You'll have time to learn the camera while saving up for more glass. The nifty fifty will serve you well.


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Jul 10, 2012 01:11 |  #5

photohistorian wrote in post #14695026 (external link)
If you only have a 50mm, you will have to zoom with your feet. 50mm Is a bit limiting when combined with a crop body. I'm not saying it isn't adequate, but limiting. Maybe your experience will be different?

I agree. A 50 is certainly a handy and affordable lens to have, and I wouldn't tell you not to get it. Great for portraits, low light, and artistic purposes. But I also think it might feel kind of frustrating for that to be the only focal length available on a crop body.

You might consider just picking up a 18-55 IS kit lens as a starter so that you have more versatility until you get the lens(es) you'll keep long-term. Those pop up on Craigslist pretty frequently for under $100. But if you consider that, do make sure you look for the IS version rather than the older non-IS one.


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Jul 10, 2012 01:23 |  #6

How much do you have? Canon sells refurb 60D with 18-135mm for $830-ish.

Either way, I'd get a zoom starting at 18 or 17mm first over the 50. And if you are funds limited, drop down to a lesser body to get a better lens. Lenses have more to do with picture quality than cameras. A T2i has the same sensor as a 60D.

Check this out: http://www.techbargain​s.com/news_displayItem​.cfm/306117 (external link)


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Jul 10, 2012 01:26 as a reply to  @ dmnelson's post |  #7

I think you'd be better with a kit 18-55 IS lens to start with. As stated above there's plenty of them around .. but only buy the IS version.
A little later you can add the 55-250 IS and you'll be set for a while. The 50 1.8 is nice to have, but is a frustrating lens to use in low light and to me has limited appeal.


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Jul 10, 2012 08:42 as a reply to  @ Perfect_10's post |  #8

Thank you for the replies. I guess the consensus is to get an inexpensive zoom first :).

There is a Tamron 17-50 VC available on my CL for ~300 and a Canon 18-55 for $100. Is the Tamron a better choice? And is that an okay price?


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Jul 10, 2012 09:24 |  #9

get the Canon 18-55 IS V2 that comes with the new kits. They can be had for 100 or less and will suit you well for walking around. This is what the T3i came with. While not L glass quality, or as sharp as a $300 lens, it will suit your needs for a bit till you can save a few more $$.




  
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Jul 10, 2012 09:31 |  #10

Fabb wrote in post #14696142 (external link)
Thank you for the replies. I guess the consensus is to get an inexpensive zoom first :).

There is a Tamron 17-50 VC available on my CL for ~300 and a Canon 18-55 for $100. Is the Tamron a better choice? And is that an okay price?

That's a smoking deal on the Tamron. The $100 for the Canon is ok depending on the version of the 18-55.


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Jul 10, 2012 09:32 |  #11

My guess is that it is a non-VC (which is actually a sharper lens).


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Jul 10, 2012 09:33 |  #12

Fabb wrote in post #14696142 (external link)
Thank you for the replies. I guess the consensus is to get an inexpensive zoom first :).

There is a Tamron 17-50 VC available on my CL for ~300 and a Canon 18-55 for $100. Is the Tamron a better choice? And is that an okay price?

That Tamron would be a pretty nice one to have if you can afford it right now. $300 is a good price, and a f/2.8 zoom is a great thing to have. That could be a lens you keep for a while rather than just a starter to ditch in a couple months. :)


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Jul 10, 2012 09:40 |  #13

Fabb wrote in post #14696142 (external link)
Thank you for the replies. I guess the consensus is to get an inexpensive zoom first :).

There is a Tamron 17-50 VC available on my CL for ~300 and a Canon 18-55 for $100. Is the Tamron a better choice? And is that an okay price?

Just be advised that there are several versions on the 18-55, so be sure that yours is the IS version and you should be good to go. It's a nice lens, and great to work with until you can afford to upgrade. It will let you get out and take a lot of different types of photos and get a feel for what lens you might want to save for next. Lots of people shoot with the 18-55 kit lens for years. A good partner for it is the 55-250 IS, which is available for about $300. Those 2 lenses alone will give you amazing flexibility for trying a lot of things. The only thing they won't do is let you hand hold in low light. You will have to have adequate lighting or use the flash.


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Jul 10, 2012 10:13 as a reply to  @ Preeb's post |  #14

The Tamron is gone so I'll be picking up the 18-55 tomorrow and it is IS.

Money is not actually an issue but my dh and I promised each other that hobbies are cash only. Hence his Yamaha V-Star and guitars were cash-only too. My goal is to save up for a new 15-85 unless a 17-55 falls into my lap :D.


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Jul 10, 2012 10:26 |  #15

Make sure the 18-55 is the version 2 as well. They go for $100 or less as they are the standard rebel kit lens now, and possibly the one that came with the 60d as well.




  
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