which lense?

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  1. fire34fighter

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    Hi,

    I recently bought a canon 30D and am now looking to purchase a lens. I take a lot of pictures at night, but still a good ammount during the day. 90% of the time I can't use a trip-pod so I need something relatively fast. I'd also like to keep my budget of $300, but wouldn't be opposed to spending up to $500.

    you can view examples of some of the pictures i'll be taking here
     
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    What lens do you have now? Are you looking to get more wide -angle or telephoto? The 50 f/1.8 is a great lens as JIP stated for portaiture and lowlight.. The 50 f/1.4 is an upgraded version. Unfortunatley for you, faster lenses mean more $$$$. A lot more. Especially where quality comes into play. If tripods are a no-no and telephoto is your thing, look into Image Stabilized lenses. BUKU bucks!!!
     
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    I have no lens right now. Just a 30D body.
     
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    Since it is your 1st and only lens, most are looking towards something that for general use... flexibility

    I like the Canon 28-135mm IS lens... Good range (a bit lacking in wide due to crop).. light weight.. compact... Image stabalized.

    Since you are interested in low light photography, pull another $75 USD bucks and add the 50mm f1.8.
     
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    I agree with usayit in that you will first need a general purpose lens with a bit of versatility. The EF 28-135 is a decent lens from the reviews i have seen, however, I find it a little short on the wide-end. I personally prefer the EF-S 17-85 IS due to the wider field of view for a general purpose lens. The EF 28-135 was more suited for the non-DSLR in Canon's line-up. Whcih is the same as the 17-85 with the 1.6 crop factor. Both lenses are within your budget and you can add the 50 f/1.8 for low-light and portraits. Get something though, that's an expensive paper-weight you have right now. :)
     

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