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  1. hollisterguyo7

    hollisterguyo7 TPF Noob!

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    so just bought a canon rebel xti love it so far... looking to upgrade to a better lense... im gonna start shooting a lot of portraits...and then some stuff like motorcross n stuff fast past like that along with cars... and just nature and stuff... what would u guys recommend...
     
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    Well your budget is going to be a big factor in recommendations and decisions.

    For portaits I'm sure a lot of people will recommend the 50mm f1.8. It's fast, sharp, and pretty cheap at $80-100. The downside of that is that the build quality isn't that great.
     
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    I too have the lens mentioned above if money is an issue I think it would be a great place to start.
    I prefer it 100% over the kit lens..
     
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    ive got a few hundred to spend depending im loooking to try n get 2...
     
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    Well if you have $300 you could get the 1:8 50mm and then try the 70-300mm that's what I am getting my budget is really slim to non I just had some huge dental expenses so I am going to have to upgrade later.
    You should then still have some money left over for some polarizers and such..
    Whooo I love shopping with other peoples money.. hehe..
     
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    thanks lol technically your not spending mine your helping me lol
     
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    If you want to get into motocross, you're going to need more distance than the 50 I'll bet.

    For $700 you can get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. I have it and love it, so of course I am going to recommend it. If you had $1200ish, you could buy the Canon version, which is very nice.

    Somebody mentioned the 50 1.8 paired with a 70-300mm. That's a great idea, and will get you a lot for your dollar. I've used several Canon 75-300's for extensive periods of time, and recently tried the Tamron 70-300 (Di) and was very impressed. You can get the Tamron 70-300 for $135ish new.
     
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    thanks im trying to spend a decent amount on a nice lense.. but i also kinda wanna try different ones like a macro an also a nice wideangle
     
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    For motocross this summer, im planning on ordering the 70-200f4. its under 600 and everyone says its probably the best bang for buck L lens there is. I dont plan on using the lens indoors much, if at all, so I dont mind the f4, but you might. And sense its sports photography, the IS wont help me much either.
     
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    Actually it will, In the 2nd IS mode it stabilizes vertically for panning shots which is what you'll have shooting MX. Believe me , it works.
     
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    Hmmm, someone told me a while ago that I shouldnt worry about it for what I wanted to do. But that deff makes sense. Im just starting to build my lens base, so I dont think ill spring for the IS for $$ sake, but ill have to keep it in mind for down the road.
     
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    What they usually mean when is wont help, is if your subject is moving fast and your using a low shutter speed is it wont really help freeze the motion.
     

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