Looking for an Upgrade for My General Purpose Lens

andrrsgg

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I'm looking for a lens with good image quality and bokeh to replace my 18-55mm kit lens... I have the Canon Rebel T5i and use it for mostly landscapes and portraits. Any suggestions? My budget is max $500.
 

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Id sell my 18-135 for that.... so I guess I'll recommend that.
 

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Short focal length range lenses tend to not have much blur unless you shoot at an EXTREMELY low focal ratio. Sure, you'd get some blur if you used something like the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8... but it wont be a lot (you'll get some if you keep your subject close, a big separation between subject and background, use f/2.8 and shoot at the 55mm end. But you'd get more blur using the prime focus EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.) If you want strong blur with high quality bokeh then you'd be better off getting a longer focal length lens (with a low focal ratio) like the 85mm f/1.8 or the 135mm f/2, etc.

Even with my full-frame body and the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, I get a bit of blur, but nothing that can compete with my primes or my longer lenses.
 

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