Lens suggestion for t2i or t3i

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  1. whoiscece

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    Hi all, looking for some specific lens suggestions....
    I am looking to get either a T2i or T3i. (18 mp.)
    I know I can get a kit that comes with a lens, but I know those aren't usually the greatest.
    Any suggestions on a good quality lens that will make the most of the camera if I buy the body and lens separately???
    I will mostly be shooting portraits.

    Specific model #s would be great. I have a baby at home and not a lot of time to research.
    Thanks!


     
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    What do you plan on shooting mostly?

    If we have an idea of what you will be doing mostly then we will be able to suggest a lens. On the other hand, depending on your experience in photography, the kit lens may be all that you need. I've been using mine for over a year since I first got my camera and still feel that it is sufficient based on my abilities. I'm just now getting to the point where I would be able to take advantage of the better qualities of a higher end lens.
     
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    I think I said it in my OP- Mostly portraits.

    I've been at advanced amateur level for about 10 years, but lately so my lingo has disappeared into the recesses of my mind :)

    Back in the film days I had a Mamiya Medium Format 645e (totally manual) so I could make very high quality enlargements. So I've got quite a bit of experience under my belt.
     
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    What's your budget?

    Do you want a zoom to do everything? Are you open to a couple primes instead? Or a zoom and a prime?
     
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    Some portrait lenses to consider:

    These are all Canon "L"
    70-200 f2.8L
    85 f1.2L
    24-105 f4L
    24-70 f2.8L

    These are not inexpensive but you asked. I, too, would recommended giving the kit lens a fair shake.
     
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    My bad, missed that the first time I read OP
     
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    Well, if ya'll think the lenses might not be total crap, at least it would give me something to work with until I find something I dearly love.
    I don't have tons of money to throw around so maybe that would be the best bang for my buck.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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    If you don't have a big budget I would highly recommend picking up a nifty fifty (50mm/1.8). Best bang for the buck for sure. Just be sure not to get too carried away with the super cool bokeh, I usually keep mine at about 2.8 because opening it too wide makes it really soft.
     

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