What is the best beginner all purpose lens for a Canon 50D?

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  1. ufjamolei

    ufjamolei TPF Noob!

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    I am sure you have heard this story many times, but I have been wanting to get into photography forever and finally have some extra money to do so. I am starting it as a hobby, but if I ever get good enough I hope it turns into a sidejob. I see myself shooting nature & wildlife, newborns, family portraits, and baseball (my husband is a coach). I plan on purchasing the Canon 50D (unless you can convince me why I shouldn't). I would like a good all purpose starter lens for learning the basics. Here are a few suggestions I have received:

    EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens (regular $400, but if bought with the 50D it would cost me only $200)

    Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens ($115)

    Normal EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens ($400)

    also, other kit options:

    EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Autofocus lens (regular $600, but if bought w/50D $300)

    Zoom super wide angle EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus (regular $515, but if bought with 50D $250)

    Please tell me what you would recommend, also I am open to other suggestions besides the above. I am clueless, thank you in advance for your help!!
     
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    $115 for a 50mm? i have seen it for like $80

    also as good as the 50mm 1.8 is, the 1.4 has better IQ but only slightly, not worth the extra $300 imo
    you should take the 28-135mm tho, that way you have good range and the IQ is decent enough
     
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    ufjamolei TPF Noob!

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    I too have seen it cheaper, I just pulled all my prices from B&H for easy comparison. Thanks for the input!
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The only good lens that you have listed is the 50mmF1.4, i have it and it is a great lens
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Lenses are much more important than the camera body.

    The 50D is not a beginner camera, it's an advanced amateur camera. You certainly won't outgrow it. However, it will take you longer to learn how to use all of it's functions properly because it has so many more than a true begginer DSLR like a T1i. You would then have money for another decent lens or two were you to get the T1i.

    The 28-135mm lens is a good inexpensive lens to learn with. It will work for all the types of photography you want to do, except the baseball. For baseball the 135mm is not enough reach (magnification). For baseball you really need at least 300mm but 200mm with a 1.4X teleconverter is an option.
     
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    RyanLilly No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Holy crap is a 50mm 1.4 really $400 these days? I swear I only paid $250! anyway it's a good lens, but a bit limiting if it's your only lens. IMO, the 17-85 offers decent quality and a very usefull focal range, compared to the other zooms listed, however you may want to consider the Sigma 18-50 2.8, make sure it is the newest HMS version. The quality and versirility of this lens are supurior to the low end canon zooms, and it's around $400 iirc.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    The yen keeps getting stronger relative to the dollar. :confused:
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yeah, me too. (EDIT - just dug out my reciept, I paid $315 in September of '06)



    Honestly, the best "all purpose beginner lens" is probably the kit lens that comes with the camera.
     
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    The Canon's versions don't offer HSM. Older version has known QC issues. Newer version offers Macro.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    HSM is the same as USM, right?

    I'm pretty sure the newer Canon kit lenses have USM and IS...
     
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    ufjamolei TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the advice. I think I would outgrow a Rebel faster than I would like. However, I am thinking that a 30D may be a better starter camera for me, so that I can put more $ towards lenses.
     
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    ufja, i have a rebel (450D)
    i have been using it for just short of 4 months now, have learned quite a bit about it already, but i dont think i will ever out grow it... i will always keep it as a backup camera when i upgrade
    your better getting a camera that isnt gunna cost you megabucks as you may decide photography isn't for you, or you might get bored of it, after spending $$$$ on it
     

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