What lenses will I need???

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  1. Phazan

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    I am still somewhat new to photography, and I am saving to upgrade my S3 IS to an EOS 40D. My parents have an old kit lens from their film rebel I am going to use, but besides that what lenses should I buy right when I get my camera? I want a lens to get me up close to the aircraft for airshows, (I go to airshows often) and I was thinking of buying the 1.8/50mm lens that everyone always talks about. But how can you tell a good lens from a bad one? Can someone guide me to the right first lens(es) with my new DSLR? I pretty much photograph everything around me that's interesting. Thanks!
     
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    If you are going to be shooting the planes in flight, I would think that a telephoto lens would be good; to "zoom" in. Canon makes really good ones. I've heard good things about the 70-200mm and 70-300mm.
     
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    I don't mean to be harsh but you don't need any other lenses until you know you have an application for other lenses. Then you won't need to ask. You will know what you need. In other words, patience, Grasshopper. Knowledge will come with time and experience.
     
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    Sounds like good advice to me.

    For the most part, price is the easiest way to tell...the best lenses are usually the most expensive.
     
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    "For the most part, price is the easiest way to tell...the best lenses are usually the most expensive."

    Except on e-bay. ;)
     
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    The others have given you good advice. Me, I will only add that the word is spelled lens, not lense.
     
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    Like they said above, wait to see what you may actually need. I believe the 40D will come with a 28-135mm which a a great starter lens. Use that and see what you decide.
     
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    I would assume they will probably have kits with different lenses like they do now. Not everyone is going to want the 28-135. Although I just bought one and am looking forward to getting it. :thumbup::)
     
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    I find it odd that the 28-135 IS, seems to be the lens that Canon is pushing as the 'kit' lens for the D40. It's a fine lens, but I would personally find that it's not wide enough.

    It's my guess that the new 'kit' lens will be the new 18-55 IS, which was announced the same day as the 40D.
     
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    Yea, I am sure they have other "kits" as well, its the one I pre-ordered and seems to be the one that most sites are advertising. :)
     
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    Thats what I am seeing. I'm curious to see the new 18-55 IS.

    Even so, I'd rather have a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 or Canon 17-55 f/2.8 than either. :lol:
     
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    That first "lense" was a typo, sorry. All the rest after that were spelled correctly...(But when you see this, it will be fixed :))

    But thanks for the advice everyone! :hail:
     

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