Good Zoom Lens for $300-$400???

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  1. go4saket

    go4saket TPF Noob!

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    Hello friends!

    I am absolutely new in the field of Photography. I am not taking this as a profession but as a hobby and am more interested in Portrait photgraphy.

    I own a Canon 1000D with a 18-55 MM kit lens. Now I am planning to buy a zoom lens along with some lighting equipments.

    As for the lens, I want something that can cover nearly 300 MM with the lower side going as much as possible, so that I dont have to carry the kit lens. Unfortunately I am pretty tight with my budget. So please recommend me a good lens that will suit both my needs and my pocket. I dont mind buying a Tamron or Sigma if they are good. My budget for a lens is around Rs.15000-20000 i.e. $300-$400. Image Stabilization is a must as my 18-55mm doesnt have a IS and I am really crying for it.

    Thank you.
     
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    JustAnEngineer TPF Noob!

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    The Tamron 18-270 VC, the Sigma 18-250 OS and the Canon 18-200 IS super-zooms are in the $500-$600 range. The Canon 55-250 IS runs around $250.
     
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    If you're into portraits, you might also want to get the Canon 50mm F1.8, aka nifty-fifty together with the super-zoom lens. Good luck!
     
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    go4saket TPF Noob!

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    Cme on guys, my budget is max $400. Cant exceed that...
     
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    I dont think you will be able to get a lens that covers the Focal Range you want (wide to 300mm) for the price you want to pay($400).
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    300mm + IS + new = over $400

    For Portraiture, you may not need to have a telephoto lens that reach 300mm. 50mm F/1.8 (best bang for the bucks), 50mm F/1.4, 85mm F/1.8 are good for portraiture.

    If you have enough light, you really do not need IS at all. Especially you are going to get some lightning equipments.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    We can't do miracle's, save your money until you can afford a proper lens don't waist your money on crap
     
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    A 50mm F1.8 is around USD100, you could then try and get a 55-200mm (new or used) for the rest.
     

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