Novice questions about Canon T5 lenses

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  1. primetime

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    I just got an entry level Canon T5 with the 18-55mm lens. I like photographing the outdoors both day and night, so lighting is a concern. Both close up pictures of flowers and plants, but also landscape shots. I heard that the 18-55mm won't be adequate. What kind of lenses should I buy? I can get a deal locally on several used lenses. Are any of these good deals? Should I opt for something on this list, or is there one not listed that would be better? I'd like to have the least # of lenses to accomplish what I'm trying to do. Once I get the feel for it, I will upgrade the T5.

    CANON 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS $250
    Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $175
    CANON EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III LENS $85
    CANON EF 50mm f/1.8 II LENS $60

    CANON EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS LENS $85
    SIGMA 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG MACRO $90
    TAMRON AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 LENS $50
    TAMRON AF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 LD MACRO LENS $60
    TAMRON AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 LENS $100
    SIGMA AF 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DC OS LENS $110


     
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    Huh? Most people will recommend using the 18-55 until you KNOW why it isn't adequate.

    I think the 18- 55 STM is a very adequate lens for a variety of subjects.
     
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    Ok, but what are some reasons that it may not be adequate? I've heard that it's not a good lens. What subjects is it not good on? Do you have a link to which lenses work best for which type of shots? That would really be helpful to me.
     
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    Almost any lens can be used for landscape.... Its all about focal length.................
    Its really about focal length on flowers too.

    I don't know of any lens that will not photograph landscape and or a flowers.......

    I have used a 400mm to photograph flowers and to photograph the grand canyon....
    I use a TSE 17 mm to do the same thing and every lens in between.
     
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    I think the Canon 18-55 is STM is just as good if not better than the lenses you listed. You may find yourself wanting a larger aperture or closer focusing distances in the future, but none that you listed would be sharper or more capable for landscapes and flowers.
     
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    Well if that is the case that's great! What would I need that would result in sharper image? I found some good info here:

    What are the best lenses for Canon t5 ?
     

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