Decided on 40D - which lenses to buy $600?

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  1. wh1ppet

    wh1ppet TPF Noob!

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    I have $1500.
    After buying a 40D body, I should have around $600 left.

    My goal is to get lenses that WILL NOT have to be upgraded later. In other words - good quality.

    My subjects: sports, weddings, portraits.

    I would prefer 2 lenses, but 1 good lens will be ok.
    If you know a place to buy these, please mention it as well.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    More like $700 - NEW~CANON EOS 40D SLR PRO DIGITAL CAMERA 10.1MP *BODY* - eBay (item 130305749582 end time May-20-09 18:05:03 PDT)

    Sounds like you want a 24-105 f/4 L lens - $900 on eBay, with a little bit back on Windows Live Cashback.
    Canon 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM EOS Zoom Lens 5D MKII - eBay (item 290315546009 end time Jun-05-09 19:56:25 PDT)
    Review: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review

    Keep in mind you need to buy a memory card as well at the least, so I'd save another $150-$200 and you should be pretty set. Otherwise, best alternative is probably the 17-55 f/2.8 L for about $700 new after that $50 instant rebate that's going around now, (less on eBay), just doesn't quite have the same reach.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you want to shoot weddings & sports, I would recommend lenses with a max aperture of F2.8 or better.
    The EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS, is a very good lens for that camera but rather expensive.
     
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    Tamron 28-75 2.8 I have one of those and it works great. Sure it's not a Canon L but this is a hobby for me, not a career. If it was a career, I would get the Canon L 24-70 in a second as it's an investment.
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    My thoughts as well. I have that same lens and think its a great lens and know some people who are more advanced in their photography than me who still use it.

    Although if you do plan on making this a career, its well worth to spend the extra coin and get the Canon L series, they are an investment for the future.
     
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    You can get a EF 17-40mm F4L for pretty cheap especially if you buy used.
     
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    I am a hobbyist as well and decided to go Sigma route - my 18-50 f/2.8 Macro and 70-200 f/s.8 cover all my needs. I only wish to have IS on my telephoto...

    If I was making money off photography, I would probaby still stick with Sigma 18-50 - while not as sturdy built, it has nothing to loose to Canon L in IQ. but I would gladly trade up to Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS
     
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    before, everyone said 50mm f1.8 is a must have
     
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    I find it that i don't use it now after I got my 18-50 f/2.8 - there is virtually nothing that fifty can do that it can't.

    my 50 f/1.8 MII is for sale if you want it, BTW
     
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    How about the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di-II?

    I can't say that you'll be keeping it forever, but the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is a decent starter telephoto for folks on a budget.
     
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    imo, being stuck with a prime as your only lens is too restrictive as a beginner.
    something like a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di would be good if you were only able to get one lens. however, i've never used this lens.
     
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    The problem is that you want to shoot weddins, sports, and portraits all for $600 and not have to upgrade later. If that is all you can spend, dicount the sports and go with a wedding, portraiture setup. Then add a long fast sports prime later. That lens will blow your budget clear out of the water anyways. Maybe look at the used market for some nice primes. Canon 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8.
     

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