7D body, 1st lens recomendation please!!

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  1. Annaminnnie2010

    Annaminnnie2010 TPF Noob!

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    Hi there, I've decided to buy the Canon 7D body, what do you think I should get as my first lens?

    I was thinking the EF 50mm f/ 1.8 as it's only about $120, or do you think I should go for the 1.4. I just don't understand the difference?

    I also want to buy a fish eye, I saw the ef 15mm F/ 2.8 takes amaizing photos, but should I bother with a such an expensive lens if I don't have a full frame camera? I am new to the whole dslr world so I don't understand the full frame differnece, a friend tryed explaining but i just dont get it!?:blushing:

    I will mainly be taking photos of people (make up before and afters), events (again people), night time, and creative photography again mainly people and animals.

    Also what is a good general lens that is really affordable. I can borrow a friends 18 -55mm, should I get my own of the same or is 18-85mm better?

    What is a good lens just for general photography? I'am going on a holiday soon and also I've got a few weddings to go to in october, and my friend asked if I would take some amateur photos for her along size with the pro photographer.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    My recommendation is to go with a more affordable body and put the difference into a better lens. 7D with cheap lenses isn't the way to go.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    For about the same price as the 7D + some crap lens, you can get a rebel T2i + EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS.

    Don't get me wrong.. the 50mm f/1.8 is a good start (shoot mostly primes) but most people these days think of zooms when they think "general" lens.
     
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    What is your budget?

    If you are tight in budget, you maybe better off getting a camera body that cost less and use the extra money to buy a better lens.


    Light ---(entering lens)---> Bad Lens ---(bad image)---> pro DSLR camera sensor
    So the pro camera is able to capture every single details of the BAD image


    Light ---(entering lens)---> Good Lens ---(good image)---> consumer DSLR camera sensor
    So the consumer camera is able to capture detail image of a GOOD image.


    So which setup can produce a better photograph at the end?



    If you just want to buy a lens and start learning, the kit lens 18-55mm IS lens is not a bad choice. If you do not want to upgrade the lens anytime soon, the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 is a good choice. (Quality lens for lower cost)

    Of course, Canon have few other good lens that cost more such as EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM are pretty good.


    As for EF 50mm f/1.8 II vs EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
    f/1.4 version is better because ...
    - Better build quality
    - Metal mount instead of plastic
    - Fast autofocus (AF)
    - Less AF noise
    - More aperture blades => better bokeh look
    - Has distance scale
    - Full time manual focus and the manual focus ring is better (the one in f/1.8 II is located in the front of the lens and is tiny)

    But, the f/1.8
    - Cost less
    - A little bit lighter (due to cheaper build)
    - Smaller filter size (bigger filter cost more)


    If you are planning to shoot wedding in the future, maybe choose a lens that is Canon USM. Someone mentioned it in the past that camera AF noise may draw some attentions during the wedding ceremony.


    EDIT: arrhhhhh I need to type faster next time.
     
  5. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Im with usayit.

    But if you really do want the 7D, I would get something similar to my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8. But really.. If I had the money to buy a 7D.. I would just go all out and buy a 5D mk2.
     
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    7d + canon 17-55mm f/2.8 + tokina 10-17mm fisheye

    I hope you're ready to drop over $3,000...

    If you are only ready to spend $1500, I'd get the 50d + tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
     
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    Get the 7D + 50mm 1.8 (excellent lens and you can upgrade anytime) + 17-40mm L lens. The 50mm is good for low light. The 17-40mm will cover you in most situations. I hope it helps.
     
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    and buy an underwater housing for the summer....! :):):)
     
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    Or you can spend only $1250 and go with Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC (which i have and reccomend) and the Tokina 10-17mm fish-to super wide lens!
     
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    that's just the cost of the lenses. He doesn't even have a body yet.
     
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    I would say buy a cheaper body. A 50D body can be had for under 800 on ebay. Then I would also recommed a 17-40L used at about 600-650. Cheaper than a 7D kit and MUCH better suited to your needs. You can always add the 50mm 1.8 and still come out ahead.
     
  12. Annaminnnie2010

    Annaminnnie2010 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks! I got the T2i / canon 550D 18-55mm kit.... Now I need to start looking at more lenses!
     

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