what 's the best 1st lens to own?

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    i'm about to buy a canon 40d anytime soon (like this afternoon :D) and i just want to know what lens should i get with it? is it best for me to get the kit? if so, do i get the 28-135mm? or the 17-85mm? i really don't know and i need advise. please reply. i want to get the camera soon before i spend the $ on something else. thanks!!!
     
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    for 90 bucks you can get the 50mm f1.8 lens which I believe sells cheaper than the kit lens. You can still take great shots with the kit lenses though.
     
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    Welcome aboard.

    How about the 16-35mm F2.8 L, or the 24-70 F2.8 L...you could say that either one could be the best first lens because you would never need to upgrade it.

    I would also add the EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS, which is the best 'normal range' lens for that camera...but if you ever upgrade to full frame, you couldn't use this one.

    I'm being facetious because you haven't given us a budget to work with...the 'best' lens is probably going to be the most expensive :D
     
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    what does the L stand for?
     
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    If I want to choose between these 2, I think I will choose the 17-85mm. I believe it is a EF-S lens so you get a pretty good range. The other one, if I am not mistaken, it is a EF lens. so it works like a 44.8-216mm .. I think the view maybe too narrow if that is the only lens you are going to have for awhile.
     
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    Yes, the 28-135mm is an EF lens. But it works like a 28-135mm lens. Just like the 17-85mm lens works like a 17-85mm lens. :roll:
     
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    LOL, sorry could not let that one go without a comment... You made my homework procrastination worth it:lmao:
     
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    i'm actually looking to spend $1500 the most. i've looked online and the cheapest kit i saw was around $1300. but if i can get the body only for 1200 then i could spend the rest on the lens. thanks so much for the inputs. more please. i'm new to canon system and this would be my first dslr.
     
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    my favorite lens is the 50mm f/1.4 but the 50mmf/1.8 is a great lens and they are incredibly cheap. just dont drop it or its life is over ha ha ha!!!
     
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    If you can swing a 40D and the EF-S 17-85mm IS, then I would go for that. If that is too expensive, then I might go with the EF-S 18-55mm lens (or the newer IS version)...and maybe the 50mm F1.8.

    Just make sure that you don't order from the 'cheapest' place you can find on-line. There are many, many unscrupulous people out there who take advantage of people who are searching the web for the lowest price.

    I would check a place out on www.resellerratings.com first...but really, I would highly recommend using the two links at the top of the page... B&H and Adorama.
     
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    thanks big mike. i'm just scouting for prices online but i won't actually be buying it online. i just want to compare prices and give the store i'm going to buy it from and see if maybe they can match the price. is it alright to buy from best buy since they have a protection/replacement plan?
     

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