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Thread: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

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    Default Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    I own a canon eos 400D with a 18-55mm kit lens (purchased Nov 07).
    Was wondering what would be good to get for my 2nd lens, but have quite a tight budget <$500-600.

    Considering:
    #1 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
    #2 Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
    #3 Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 or 1.8

    Usually take photos on holiday (scenery, occasional shots with people, food) and occasionally take portraits, wedding photos.

    eg:



    Any suggestions or other lenses to recommend?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    Use your existing lens for your trael and landscapes. Invest in a 50mm lens for portraits and weddings.
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    Default Re: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    i second the above, can also consider a 35mm portrait.

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    The 50mm f/1.8 is about $130-$150 I think, plus the 35mm f/2 is about $400+

    But not sure, if you will like to have 2 primes + 1 kit lens. Primes are fixed focal so not as convenient, but large aperture.

    Try getting the 50mm f/1.8 first and see how you go. It was also 1 of the first few lenses I bought as it was very cheap to experiment with.

    You can decide on the 35mm later.
    Canon 40D|EFS 17-55mm f/2.8 IS|70-200mm L f/4 IS|50&85mm f/1.8|EFS 10-22 f/3.5-4.5|580 EXII

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    Default Re: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    Would it make sense to replace kit lens with an alternative (like the tamron or 28-135) ?
    Not sure if I should invest in 2 primes and I may not use them very often..

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    Default Re: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    The 50mm would be good for portraits and weddings!

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    Default Re: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    Do you intend for the second lens to replace or complement your kit lens?

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    Default Re: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    Do you intend for the second lens to replace or complement your kit lens?
    this is a good question

    do you want a REPLACEMENT, or an addition?

    in any case, if you don't know, then the question is, do you want to take other perspectives, or is the kit lens limiting you in any way?

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    55-250 IS.

    good for just about any occassion. if you need more range look up teleconverter.
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    Default Re: Need to purchase 2nd lens!

    wait till you get to 'Need to purchase 8th lens!'................

    all noise aside, try to avoid too much overlapping of focal lengths

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