Two Good Lenses?

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  1. 31M0

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    Hey everyone.
    Okay, well I'm looking for two good lenses by Canon for the EOS 400D

    Preferably one that's good for portraits and close ups and one that's a good zoom lens.

    The price, well.. Around $200 or so for each lens, so about $400 for both.

    I'm not sure what lenses I could get for that price, or how good they'd be but some suggestions are welcome :D
     
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    For portraits, the EF 85mm f/1.8 is a great lens for around $300. Then an all-around zoom with half-decent close-up capability is just the standard EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. It does 1:3.2 macro which is pretty close, at least enough to start off with. You should be able to get those for $100 or less, so that brings you to $400 total.
     
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    The 50MM f/1.8 is pretty good. $80. That and the quality are what make it good.
     
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    I am a new user in this forum as well as a DSLR. I just got my Rebel Xti Kit few weeks ago.

    After that, I bought the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. And that is very good for the price. I am just a beginner but I do have some pretty good result with it. I got it for about $80 bucks

    And I am looking to get the Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS later on. The price for that is around $41x to $44x ...
     
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    I have the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS Lens. I got it for $402 with free shipping. It is a good multi-purpose lens and has good sharpness. My daughter is a portrait photographer and used this lens for a shoot the last time I visited her. She seemed happy with the results. Hard to go wrong with this flexibility and image stabilization to boot. Obviously not a fast lens, but thats the only compromise I can think of.
     
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    The 85mm is a better built lense than the 50 f1.8, and may be a better focal length specifically for portaiture. I have the 50 1.8, and it is a good sharp lense for the cost, but slow to focus and noisey.

    The kit lense is a decent zoom if you stop it down a bit.

    Cheers
     
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    Id say go for a couple primes. For canon, id say maybe a 35 and 85, if you go used you should be able to get them for around 400. And that way you have a semi wide angle, and a semi telephoto lol.
     

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