Budget (night photography) lens for Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D)

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  1. Valeriy

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    Hi Folks!

    I want to finally get a new camera and upgrade from my old (but still awesome because of the night vision) Sony DSC-F717 to a real DSLR.
    The first question which I already answered was if I should get a used Canon 40D or Canon T3i, I decided in favor of the T3i since I won't mind having a video option on certain times, which the 40D won't offer.

    Now I also know that the kit lenses are usually not the most exciting ones and I need a budget friendly upgrade since I shoot as a amateur just for fun and myself.
    But I do really like taking pictures at night of the city which sparkles in all their glory in all the city lights, so I did some research and understood that I will need a f/2.8 lens for good results.
    Since they are (especially the canon ones) are currently very pricey considering that I'm not a hardcore photographer, but I also don't want to get stuck with the kit lens, I need a "cheaper" f/2.8 lens for my purposes.

    I came across the Tamron 17-50mm VC and non-VC, and also the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM.
    I read long discussions about rather the Tamron VC or non-VC is better, and ended up with non-VC is better in terms of sharper but VC is better in terms of night photography and video.
    Now I have an additional question, I read that the Canon T3i has already a build-in image stabilizer, so will I really need an IS/VC in the lens aswel? or did I misunderstood something?

    Or will I need a completely different lens after all?

    Thank you very much and sorry for the long post! :)
    -Valeriy
     
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    Buckster Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This was shot on a Canon 20D with a 18-55mm kit lens:

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    And so was this:

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    Yes, kit lenses are obviously horrible, just like every noob who's ever upgraded to a more costly lens will tell you (and their wives). You should do all you can to stay far, far away from them at all costs! Remember, you MUST have the best gear possible, or your photos will be absolute crap! :er:
     
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    Valeriy TPF Noob!

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    Thank you Sir! Very impressive and beautiful pictures! I guess I listened to the wrong people.
    Since the Canon + Kit lens only costs about $30 more than the body by itself, you saved me a lot of money! ;)
     
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    I think that a good tripod is more important if you want to shoot in the dark
     
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    only if i might ask :)

    can you share the settings please .... also the color mode is set to vivid ?


    Thanks much
    Vk

     
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    I'd get the nifty fifty if you want to go tripod-less. You NEED a super fast lens for shooting in poor lighting while hand-holding the camera.
     
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    The Bay Bridge shot was done in October of 2004 at ISO100, 5 seconds on the shutter @ f/11. I shoot RAW, so no on the vivid setting, though I certainly processed it in a vivid way later in Photoshop.

    Pretty much the same thing with the shot of Pittsburgh, but it was shot in 2006.
     
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    Those are great pictures Buckster!!
    Beautiful scenery

    PS: Is PNC Park on the left?
     
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    Thank you kindly. It is indeed. I've had to take some guff over the years from the fans who like the photo but complain that it's not in the shot! LOL
     
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    Was Jerry Falwell anywhere around preaching up a storm when you took the shot in Pittsburgh? It seems pretty otherworldly...:thumbup:
     
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    Buckster. Those are incredible shots.
     
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    With nifty fifty you mean the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II, right? And how fast is super fast? You mean the FPS of the camera or actually the lens?
    Thank you! :)
     

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