New Photographer, Need Lens Help

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  1. Kileki

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    This past summer (July?) I purchased my first DSLR, the Canon Xt. I know its not the best, but considering my circumstances (teenager with no job, parents with no money to give to me) I got what I could. The camera came with a 28-90 lens that I HATE, and not knowing anything about lenses then, I didn't care. But now that I've been shooting with it, I hate it. So my question is, what should I step up to? Remember my funds are limited, but I saved up. I've been told/read that for the price a 50mm lens is very useful. So I'm leaning towards that. If you have ANY advice please help.

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    it would be great if we could know your budget.. otherwise we will end up recommending a bunch of stuff you can't get... saying its "limited" doesn't help... give us your maximum amount
     
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    My budget on a new lens is around $100-$200
    I'm not really looking for a zoom lens but just a good lens that takes crisp, clean pictures.
    Also, when the time comes, a good fisheye lens.
     
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    What don't you like about your present lens that you think a $100 or $200 lens will improve?
     
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    Sounds like you are looking for a decent all around lens. I don't think you will be happy with the 50 for that. The 50 is a great lens, but you have to be right on top of your subject. If I were going prime I would go no less than an 85mm f/1.8 You can get them used in your price range, about $400 +/- new.
    If you want a decent all around lens (and with your budget you won't get much more than decent) you might try a sigma zoom.
     
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    For that price range, I would look into buying a used 18-55mm IS kit lens from a Canon XSi. You can usually get a used one fairly cheap on Craigslist or elsewhere online. The nifty-50 is a beautiful lens but it's definitely not a wide-angle or walk around lens. It was my first lens for my XTi body. After I got the Sigma 18-200mm OS, my 50 doesn't get used that often unless I am doing portraits.
     
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    BTW, why do you hate the 28-90mm so much. It's a decent range to start out with. Sorry, you photos are blocked by my work so I can't see what type of photography you're into.
     
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    ok, I don't hate the 28-90. I guess i just want t more wide angle lens. 18-55 would do good for me. I've used it once, and I do like it. I was just wondering if there were any other options. Thanks for all the responses.
     
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    If you are in the Bay Area I would recommend this lens

    Sigma 18-50 F/2.8

    Seems to get good reviews on Fred Miranda, and for what you are trying to do would fit pretty well.
     

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