I have a Rebel XSi (450 D) with the 18-55 kit lens and the 55-250 f/4-5.6. Am thinking of selling these lenses and upgrading (not the body though).
What I like to shoot (or find myself shooting): land/cityscapes (treks, beaches, travel), portraits (treks, family/indoor, casual), birds, flowers. Do find myself shooting in the early morning/evening light without a tripod.
Have a budget of under $1000 total, so understand that I would need to compromise somewhere (not sure if I need a fast lens, maybe something with IS might be better); also want good IQ, contrast (who doesn't .
Thinking of the following:
Portraits: Canon 50 mm f/1.8 Mk II -- have tried a few shots with a friend's nifty-fifty and like it; not enough dough to buy the 50 mm f/1.4 or f/1.2 though. Also thought about the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM though it's still $300 over the 50 f/1.8.
Land/cityscapes: Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 - definitely need something wide though 17 on the APS will still not be wide enough. Alternative to this is the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM though that will be almost $300 over the Tammy.
Birds: EF 70-300/4-5.6 IS - understand that this is not the ideal birding lens, but given my budget the 400 ones are out of reach.
What do you folks think?
Also, any $50 recommendations for a decent camera bag for all this gear? (Would that be too low?) Currently have a LowePro but need a backpack type (I think).
Finally, any advice for a $300 travel tripod or is it better to wait until I can increase my budget? (I know, I know, I was asking for lens advice, but what the heck as might well get some words of wisdom.)
Apologies if some of this has been posted earlier. Searched the threads, but thought that it would be better to get advice for my requirements. Thanks in advance to everyone.