Canon 50mm EF 1.8 lens!

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  1. asfixiate

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    Just got it today and was messing around for like 15 minutes. Super Fast!! Excellent lens for the money.

    Would the 18-55mm and 70-300mm kit lens that came with my camera get me a decent telephoto lens?

    I don't mind the lenses I have but if I can get somethign as fast as this 50mm I'd be happy.
     
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    1.8 telephoto lenses would be both gigantic and EXTREMELY expensive. Better to start looking at 2.8's if that is what you want to do.
     
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    I've been trying to get that lens for ages but nowhere near me seems to have it.

    Congratulations though. Have fun.:mrgreen:
     
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    If you mean as trade value...then no.

    A fast telephoto is going to be expensive. In order to keep a low F number, a lens must bet bigger as it gets longer. Have a look at a 300mm F2.8 or even a 400mm F2.8...they are huge....then look at the price :shock:

    If you want a good quality telephoto zoom...I'd look at the 70-200mm lenses. There are four to choose from (from Canon anyway).
    The first is the 70-200 F4 L; great price for an 'L' quality lens and it's super sharp. Probably a lot better than your 50mm F1.8
    Next is the 70-200 F4 L IS; same lens but with Image Stabilization.
    There we have the 70-200 F2.8 L; the larger aperture of F2.8 is a nice benefit but it adds size, weight and cost.
    Lastly is the best one; 70-200 F2.8 L IS...it's expensive though.

    If you want something a little closer to the budget of your 50mm. Have a look at the 85mm F1.8. It's actually built much better thant the 50mm F1.8 and it's a great lens for the price.
     
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    If you could only have 2 lenses and one was the 50mm what would be the second?

    I have the 18-55mm and 70-300mm kit lenses in addition to the 50mm.
     
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    What's your budget?

    If I could only have two lenses...one of them wouldn't be the 50mm F1.8. The 50mm F1.4 maybe...but the F1.8 version is just too cheap.
     
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    My budget included the 50mm 1.8. I have no problem keeping the 18 and 300mm but was wondering if I sold them and got like 200 bucks how close could that get me to a second good lens.

    I'm cool for now with the the glass I have as I think I can get accomplished what I need to accomplish. If I can get it so whenever I go on my photo adventures and only need 2 lenses what the second would be.

    Right now the adventures will be the 50mm and the 70-300mm

    Current Equipment is Rebel XT with 50mm, 18-55mm, and 70-300mm, with 8 gig CF, (insert affordable flash here )
     
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    Canon 70-200 f/4L = $400-$500 used
    Sigma 70-200 f2.8 = $600-$700
    Canon 70-200 f/4L IS = $800ish (iirc)
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8L = $1000ish
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS = $1350-$1700 low used-high new

    Canon 1.4x TC = $279

    If you want to look at 300mm + f/2.8's, then you're going to start looking at a lot higher prices.

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    Thanks Village and everyone. Always helpful. I think i'm going to hold off on any new glass for now. Next mission is flash though.

    What is difference between onboard flash and speedlite 220? Will i only start noticing differences with the 480?
     
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    Play around with the kit lens first.

    Besides wildlife, 18-55 and 70-300 covers pretty much everything. Besides pigeons and zoo animals, I'm not having any luck @ 280mm (200mm x 1.4).

    For 2nd lens, I was going to recommend 70-200L, but you already have that covered. Yours is not "L", but you may not notice or even care about difference.
     
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    I think that you have a decent 3 lens kit. The 18-55mm covers the 'normal' range, the 70-300mm gives you some telephoto reach and the 50mm gives you a wide aperture. On a rather tight budget, those are probably the three lenses I would recommend.

    As for flash...the 220EX will be better than the pop up...because it's a bit taller and it's more powerful...but that's about it. I would recommend saving up for the 430EX. The ability to tilt & swivel (for bounce) is a HUGE advantage.

    I would even recommend something like the Sunpak 383 over the 220EX...but a flash like that would mean that you would have to adjust the settings more often, because it doesn't work with the camera's metering.
     
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    Once again I'm blown away with how helpful this forum is. Luckily I'm a boss cause honestly I'd probably get yelled at for how often I'm on this.

    what would be the main reason why someone would go from the 220 to 430? Can you explain a scenario?
     

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