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  1. Ryanfru

    Ryanfru TPF Noob!

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    Ok, I am kind of new to photography and I am wondering if I can get some assistance on lens choices. I am looking for lenses that I can shoot landscapes(wide angle would be mucho appreciated), portraits, and telephoto type stuff with. I will be moving up from my Panasonic DMC-FZ18 to the Rebel XTi if that matters too much in lens decisions.

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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome aboard.

    What is your budget? Lenses range from $70 to $12,000.
     
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    Ok yeah lol I should of included that. I don't wanna have to pay more than 250-300 for a lens considering I'm a broke college student.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You won't get much for $300, in terms of quality lenses but you could probably put together a decent beginner's kit. I think the lens that usually comes with the Rebel cameras is the 18-55mm or maybe even the 18-55mm IS. This would be a good lens to start with. For a telephoto, the cheapest ones are the 75-300mm group. Canon has a couple and you can save a bit by going with a similar lens from Tamron or Sigma. That should be approximately $200. I would also suggest adding the 50mm F1.8 because it's large maximum aperture is something that either of those other lenses lacks. This one should be less than $100.
     
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    Yeah I noticed my budget wasn't going to cut it so new question. What lenses are a must if I could just choose 1 or 2. I'll pay up to 400-550 for each.
     
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    What do you want to do with the lenses?
    That is the starting point - landscape, portrats, sports, wildlife, planes - there are a lot of subjects with different requirements for each. A wildlifer would consider a good 300mm prime a must have, whilst a birder a 500mm.

    start by thinking of the use for the lens then work out if its the lens for you
     
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    It really depends on how you shoot etc. For example, if you want or need large aperture zoom lenses, then I'd suggest the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 but if that's not so important, I'd recommend the Canon 17-85mm IS.

    If you really want ultra wide angles, I'd recommend the the Canon 10-22mm or the Sigma 10-20mm. If you would prefer a telephoto, I'd recommend the 70-300mm IS or the 70-200mm F4.

    If a wide aperture and image quality are a top priority, then I'd suggest a prime (non zoom) lens or two. The 50mm F1.8 is dirt cheap but the 50mm F1.4 is still a good deal. The 85mm F1.8 is also a good deal.
     
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    Landscapes, wildlife and sports will be my priority.

    Thank you, and for night shots with low light the 50mm 1.8 would be suitable?
     

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