which lens for Canon 50d?

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  1. abrewerphotography

    abrewerphotography TPF Noob!

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    I am wanting to get the Canon 50d. I am looking for a good lens that will develop crisp pictures. I am not wanting to pay a lot at this time, but want a good lens. I am debating on buying the lens kit/camera or just the camera and then a good lens. I am a portrait/sports & getting into wedding photography...any suggestions?
     
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    I went with a cheap lens the first time around, and it was a bad decision. "Buy the best, you'll only cry once". Get the 24-70 and you'll be glad you did.
     
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    so you want a great lens but you don't want to pay a lot?

    This has never come up. Hmmm...

    lol


    yeah, for portrait, sports, and wedding, the 24-70 f2.8L will work ok... for portraits, you'll want a bigger maximum aperture, and for sports you'll want a farther reach, but it will be a good all around lens. Expect to pay as much for the lens as you did for the camera body though.
     
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    This is like saying "I have purchased a drill. What size drill bit should I buy?" The answer to your question is dependent on what exactly you plan to do with your camera. You said portrait/sports and wedding. All three of these things have differing lens requirements. For portrait, you want a medium telephoto, for sports you usually want a long, fast telephoto coupled with a second camera with a normal or wide lens, with wedding photography you want everything you need for portraits along with a medium or a wide on a second camera. (Please, for the love of God, don't try to shoot weddings with one camera.)

    So what kind of lens do you want? Long telephoto? Medium telephoto? Normal? Wide angle? With that info, and a sense of your budget, we can help you. :)

    FWIW, you are not going to get a good lens for not a lot of money. It just doesn't work that way with Canon cameras. The only exception is the 50mm 1.8, which gives good quality image results for cheap, though will break in two if you sneeze on it.
     
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    Well, as others have said, it is hard to give advice as lens focal-length choice can get very personal.

    I find that my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 is on my 30D greater than 75% of the time. It has excellent IQ and the focal length range is good for general use. I think Tamron just came out with a stabilized version of it. I've heard of these going used for about $300.
     
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    I'm loving my Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. Its considerably cheaper than the Canon 24-70 f/2.8, although it is a bit slower in auto focusing. Not an issue for portraits or most weddings, but will be an issue for sports.

    Sports is by far (IMO) the one type of photography where high priced camera and lenses make a huge impact. Well, they make a big impact in any type of photography, specially the lenses, but more so in Sports.

    If you are doing small event sports (ie not pro or semi pro) look into the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. A chunk of change up front, but its one of the best lenses to get. Will also be great for portraits and almost a must for weddings. If you truly plan on doing photography, get this lens
     
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    Yes, you need an imaginary lens.
    I do not say it to be mean, but there are some standard lenses for both Canon and Nikon that are the core lenses, they are all very sharp and very fast and none of them have a discount price tag.

    You need to consider if you want one just good enough for now that will have a very low resale value if you want to move up later or if you want to make the investment now and if you change your mind you can get most on your money back.
     
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    or just rent a lens and see if you like it.
     
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    Meh, get a sigma 18-250 or a sigma 50-500, I'm sure those will satisfy all your needs. ;)
     
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    I don't know the lens, but Canon has a new 18–135mm with image stabilization.

    What a nice range!

    -Pete
     
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    Yes and not outrageously expensive, either. I've been considering buying one when I get my 7D.
     
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    If you want a good walk around, portrait and wedding zoom lens then the EF 24-70 f/2.8L is probably the best you could get.

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Review

    There are also reviews on the Sigma and Tamron lenses that offer similar range but according to those reviews they both produce very soft images wide open compared to the Canon lens and according to some reviews on your 50D body you would need very sharp high quality lenses to take advantage of the high resolution sensor:

     

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