New camera, new lens?

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  1. Trace63

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    Hey everybody. I just got my new Canon 400D. It came with the kit lens and Ill probably be sticking with that for a month or two. I WILL be purchasing the Canon 50mm f/1.8 soon, but I just want to plan ahead with my next lens.

    I don't have a "budget" per say, but I do not want to be spending a ridiculous amount of money yet. Thats going to go towards the Sigma 70-200mm I'm eyeballing for further down the road. hehe

    Anyways, I just wanted to know if you guys had any recommendations. I JUST got my first dSLR so I cant exactly pinpoint what I want to shoot. I go to school and spend a lot of time in Manhattan, so Central Park and random candid street shots will probably be part of my iteniary. I just don't know if I should get a decent telephoto zoom lense or if I should split the money ($500? ish) and upgrade my kit lense and get a cheaper zoom lens on the side.
     
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    I would suggest you just shoot some with the lens you have until you get a feel for what you want to shoot. Once you know that you can make a more informed decision about your next lens. BTW I believe the 50mm F1.8 is less than $100. You can't go wrong with that one.
     
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    Lots of people go for the 50mm (1.4 or 1.8, as budget allows).

    If you find yourself using the kit lens (18-55?) at the long end, the 50 might not be a bad idea if you want the same focal length but faster & sharper.

    If you're going to keep the kit lens (no reason not to), a different focal length altogether might be better for a second lens. Maybe the 85mm f/1.8 (about $350), it's a great lens.
     
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    So Ive been bumblign around eBay and whatnot, and I found a Sigma 24-60mm lens for $200 bucks. Not sure if I should get it. Any opinions?


    EDIT: As well as a Sigma 28-70 f/2.8-4 for $100.

    As Im only starting out I think I want a real road warrior all around lense. The kit lense is nice, but I feel like I need that little bit of extra zoom in it, that both of these would give me.
     
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    I'm pretty much on the same boat as you, still new to the game with an XTi and a 50mm 1.8; searching for that all around lens to satisfy me until I can afford the high end Sigmas or possibly an L or two. After battling it out in my head for the past month, I've set my mind on a Sigma 18-200mm OS. Do some research on it. Check out some photos of the 18-200 in Pbase, Flickr, photosig, etc. It might be worth your while looking into.
     
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    I second getting an 18-200... Wide angle to decent telephoto zoom lens, it is the one lens that covers pretty much everything.
     
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    True, but, that 18-200 range is going to lessen quality.
     
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    I've seen some really nice photos produced by that Sigma 18-200mm OS. Sharp and colorful. You're looking for an all around lens, I don't think you can get a better all around lens for the price. Check out some tests on the Sigma 18-200 vs Canon 28-135
    http://www.pbase.com/yaamon/sigma_18200mm_os
     
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    I must admit, they do look pretty good. It does cost more but I will consider it.

    Any other thoughts?
     

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