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    I just got a new Canon 50D (body). Still mulling over whether to get the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM lens... It's $1600 (CP) and I'm not sure if I need something that high-up in quality.

    What would be a recommended lens for a complete beginner? Something versatile and hopefully, economical.. Lol. Is the 17-55 lens really worth that much? I heard that it used to be $1250, but the guy was telling me the price has gone up (you mean that happens?? Lol) because of the JPY. T.T

    Argh, so frustrated now. I've got my first DSLR (and a good one too! =p), but no lens to play with yet! Argh, some good advice please! =)

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    try tamron17-50 f2.8 for almost 1/3 of the price...
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    hey all,

    Im also in the dilemma of choosing my first lens initially was stuck between D90 of 50D.. SO now i decide on 50D was wondering wat lense should i get... i need a walk about lens..
    i have few options in mind all cost aroud 600-800 bucks

    18-200mm sigma os hsm
    28-105 II USM CANON
    28-135 IS USM CANON

    anw, is a wise choice to get 18-55 kit with 50mm 1.8 to start off or getting a 50D with other walk about lens??

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    Yeah, am considering the Tamron 17-55 f/2.8 too. It's $1000 cheaper than the Canon lens - is the IS USM really worth 1K?

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    18-200 is a good range till you find out just exactly what you want to do.
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    how much is the 17-55 tamron how much???
    any comments for the
    18-200mm sigma os hsm
    28-105 II USM CANON
    28-135 IS USM CANON

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    Well, as far as i am concerned, it's definitely not worth the extra 1k unless you have cash to burn...

    tamron17-50 is a very well sought after 3rd party lens for it's value for money and IQ which is comparable to those offered by original manufacturers....

    For my case, the tamron blows away my kit lens anytime and it still already sharper by it even at widest aperture and the colour rendition is quite good.

    Unless you need further reach, 18-200's IQ is not in the same league as 17-50, or rather most superzooms do not really has very good IQ.

    Do read up from the online reviews and you will find Tamron17-50 is very competitive to even Canon/Nikon 17-55 and even can can match Sony's CZ16-80!!!

    Also, for brother Matjepun, you will still get to keep your wide angle if you go for Canon 17-55 or Tamron 17-50 with your 50D's cropped body. 28-105/135 will be a bit narrow if you take indoor or require wide angle shots...

    Just my suggestions...
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    hmm now after reading i guess the tamron 17-50 2.8 is a good start for me.. but how about the auto focus?? i saw some review is noisy?? is fast??

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    Best is to start low and simple, no point getting a superzoom or any high grade lens in early beginning just to find out later that it was not really necessary to spend the money. The kit lens is a good start - that's the reason why it's used at kit lens. It covers the usual range (wide angle to normal) and gives a good starting point. Superzooms might come handy when traveling (daylight) but they contradict the SLR idea of "the right lens for the right purpose" and they have clear limitations in terms of aperture.
    Tamron 17-50 is a fine lens to start with. Useful range, wide aperture. It gives a slightly higher noise when focusing compared to other lenses, indeed. But that's for fractions of a second. Speed (meaning here: time to lock focus) is maybe a few milliseconds slower than any USM lens. Where does this matter, really? Don't forget, the focus sensors and the focus management of the camera also play a role, the lens is just executing the commands from the body.

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    Yeah I think it'd be good to use the kit lens for a while first, especially for a complete beginner. The kit lens is super cheap anyway, can pick up 2nd hand. No point wasting money on a new lens when you're not exactly sure what you're looking for. Tons of awesome lens to recommend out there, but they don't necessarily suit everyone. Of course, if you have $$$$ to burn and you're not going full frame, by all means get the 17-55 haha. And if you only have $$, then get 17-50 lor

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomboy View Post
    Yeah I think it'd be good to use the kit lens for a while first, especially for a complete beginner. The kit lens is super cheap anyway, can pick up 2nd hand. No point wasting money on a new lens when you're not exactly sure what you're looking for. Tons of awesome lens to recommend out there, but they don't necessarily suit everyone. Of course, if you have $$$$ to burn and you're not going full frame, by all means get the 17-55 haha. And if you only have $$, then get 17-50 lor
    I tink agree agree with ya... i tink i will start off with 18-55 kit lense and slowly getting canon 50mm 1.4.. how much is it roughly

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    Quote Originally Posted by matjepun View Post
    I tink agree agree with ya... i tink i will start off with 18-55 kit lense and slowly getting canon 50mm 1.4.. how much is it roughly
    See Canon Lens Price Guide in Canon equipment section.

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    Why get caught up with what lens is good, what's not?
    Start with the basics with the lens kit. ANY stock lens kit is a decent lens to start with.


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    so what's with this car got to do with all the lens discussion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Dog View Post
    so what's with this car got to do with all the lens discussion?
    He meant it as a user vs equipment, drawing Initial D as a comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by pooQy View Post

    . but it was tuned and subsequently a modded TRD Group-A 20V racing engine inside.

    Yes try out the kit lens first, and from there learn what you need and make ur purchase wisely. Of course with money not being an issue, you can get what comes across as recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Dog View Post
    so what's with this car got to do with all the lens discussion?
    i tink hes trying to show a lousy car can also win a branded sports car?
    hmm....if really cannot decide, go shop try or rent some to test them out.

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    The car is in reference to Initial D, a Japanese manga/anime (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_d). Skill and talent is more important than the tools. Only when you have more skill or experience will you appreciate newer/better technology/lens/camera body etc.

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    haha, i'm glad you guys managed to interpret my meaning
    :: Nikon D90 | Tamron 17 - 50mm f2.8 VC | Nikkor 85mm f1.8| Nikkor 50mm f1.8 ::

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    Default Re: Advice on first lens to get

    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    He meant it as a user vs equipment, drawing Initial D as a comparison



    . but it was tuned and subsequently a modded TRD Group-A 20V racing engine inside.

    Yes try out the kit lens first, and from there learn what you need and make ur purchase wisely. Of course with money not being an issue, you can get what comes across as recommended.

    Ryan
    That is very a very good example.. and i thing its really right example..

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