View Poll Results: Combination Canon 550D with one of the following lens?

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  • EF-S 17-55 IS USM

    11 44.00%
  • Kit I EF-S 18-55 IS

    8 32.00%
  • Kit II EF-S 18-135 IS

    6 24.00%
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Thread: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

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    Default For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    is the above combination recommended for newbie (from point and shot SX-100IS)?
    or still better to start with Kit I which is Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm IS and learn from there?
    how about kit II EF-S 18-135mm IS?

    normally i use zoom quite a lot. but that is because SX-100IS able to zoom 10x.
    but its for normal outdoor event only. like go to zoo, or park etc.

    what you all suggest?
    Last edited by yukita; 29th December 2010 at 10:52 PM.

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by yukita View Post
    normally i use zoom quite a lot. but that is because SX-100IS able to zoom 10x.
    but its for normal outdoor event only. like go to zoo, or park etc.
    what you all suggest?
    You can start and learn with any of these. But since you already use and like the long zooms, the 18-135 is the most 'suitable' of the three. Maybe even the 18-200!

    You'll have to figure out yourself if you'll be satisfied with the 18-55 range. You could pair it with a telezoom e.g. 55-250.

    The 17-55 / 2.8 is a wonderful lens, and if your budget isn't too strained go for it! You do pay a price in size and weight (and perhaps a limited range) though -- again, only you can decide if you're willing to live with it. If it's going to strain your wallet, then go for something less expensive (the earlier mentioned Canon lenses or the much loved Tamron 17-50/2.8)

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    how much is tamron ?
    i dunt like the trouble changing lens lol... my mindset still like point and shoot, its not practical to carry many lens and change here and there or now and then.... (is it wrong mindset here? lol)

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by yukita View Post
    how much is tamron ?
    i dunt like the trouble changing lens lol... my mindset still like point and shoot, its not practical to carry many lens and change here and there or now and then.... (is it wrong mindset here? lol)
    Check out the Price Guides section. Marketplace if you don't mind a used lens.

    No right or wrong mindset. It's your preference, though you may find it changing as you gain experience. My fave lens the last couple of years has been the 17-85. It has its limitations but covers over 90% of what I shoot - i too would prefer not to have to change lenses a lot.

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    ic.... thanks for your comment.
    as i'm newbie in this things. not very comfortable to get a second hand as i dont know much about lens and how to check whether its perfectly fine or not

    those who voted, can put some comment also? so i can consider pro and cons?

    another reason i choose 17-55 is because read the comments that its a very good lens and seems to be worth the investment. and i dont plan to get new lens in short term like 6-12 months....

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    Quote Originally Posted by yukita
    how much is tamron ?
    i dunt like the trouble changing lens lol... my mindset still like point and shoot, its not practical to carry many lens and change here and there or now and then.... (is it wrong mindset here? lol)
    Hehehe well... It's your money and your camera, so the decision is entirely yours
    If you liked your 10x zoom on your previous camera, then 17-55/2.8 may be insufficient focal range for your liking.
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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    17 55 can perform better in low lighting area

    amongst the three, 18 135 is probably the best for ya brudda

    because ya shoot mainly outdoor events and ya need the long reach, unless ya want the dof
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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    TS (yukita), I don't believe in conducting a poll to decide what YOU should buy.

    You need to make your own decision, based on your shooting style and your budget.
    Exploring! :)

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    TS (yukita), I don't believe in conducting a poll to decide what YOU should buy.

    You need to make your own decision, based on your shooting style and your budget.
    I agree. Through your days of shooting with PnS, you should already have an idea of what you tend to shoot more often - in your case, you mentioned normal outdoor stuff, with emphasis on family-outing style situations.

    In that case, then the reach of the lens may be something to consider. The 17-55 is a wonderful lens but you'd be paying a pretty penny and may still find the reach lacking so you'll have to consider carefully if it'll do what you want it to do.

    The other suggestions of 18-135, 18-200 or even the 18-55/55-250 pairing are good starters. The first 2 are "all-in-ones" and the 3rd one requires you to change lenses depending on the situation but the quality of this 3rd option has been commented to be slightly better than the first 2. Just that it's less convenient.

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    17-55 is one of the best walkabout lens for crop bodies. It cost 2.5X of the Tamron though, but has USM and IS.
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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    It depends on what you shoot really.
    Since you have prior experience with the 10X zoom, which range do you find yourself using more often? (wide, middle, tele end, all 3?)

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Hello, is there any cheap yet good digital camera out there in singapore?

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by ShetLoves View Post
    Hello, is there any cheap yet good digital camera out there in singapore?
    Think you've posted in the wrong thread. You might want to look at other threads for recommendations
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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    TS (yukita), I don't believe in conducting a poll to decide what YOU should buy.

    You need to make your own decision, based on your shooting style and your budget.
    i agree... but anyway still have to ask before buying. if after buy and ask. will be too late.
    i went to canon vivo. for normal 55mm seem quite ok actually. 135mm is longer, while 200mm is great.
    but i heard 200mm image quality will be worse than 135mm, and 135mm is worse than 55mm (i'm talking bout kit lenses) is that true?

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by yukita View Post
    i agree... but anyway still have to ask before buying. if after buy and ask. will be too late.
    i went to canon vivo. for normal 55mm seem quite ok actually. 135mm is longer, while 200mm is great.
    but i heard 200mm image quality will be worse than 135mm, and 135mm is worse than 55mm (i'm talking bout kit lenses) is that true?
    The 18-55 kit lens is good starting point. Learn the basics of photography and get the gears you needed according to the subject you want to shoot.

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by ShetLoves View Post
    Hello, is there any cheap yet good digital camera out there in singapore?
    Yes, dozens. Go to a shop and buy.

    Same cameras as you'd find in almost all countries so not sure what you've been doing...

    Aside from trolling someone else's thread.

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by yukita View Post
    i agree... but anyway still have to ask before buying. if after buy and ask. will be too late.
    i went to canon vivo. for normal 55mm seem quite ok actually. 135mm is longer, while 200mm is great.
    but i heard 200mm image quality will be worse than 135mm, and 135mm is worse than 55mm (i'm talking bout kit lenses) is that true?
    I am a newbie to photography and so maybe I may be wrong... but from what I rather when I was deciding on which of the 3 kit lens to get... the quality will be compromised if taking the longer lens (135 or 200) as compared to the shorter len (55) when talking aount shots taken within the shorter lens range(18-55)... but the slightly poorer quality is not really THAT great a difference... the main difference should be the extra weight you have to carry around if you use the long len (200) but taking majority of shots in short lens range (18-55)... also the extra cost you pay upfront... often many will just go for middle... and get the 135... anyway... I opted for 18-55 kit lens and will later get a 55-200 lens...
    Last edited by ant0800; 31st December 2010 at 02:20 PM.
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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by maldito View Post
    The 18-55 kit lens is good starting point. Learn the basics of photography and get the gears you needed according to the subject you want to shoot.

    Yup, try the 18-55 which is economical & good IQ. Once you start shooting, you will know what is suitable for u or lacking from your lens. U'd then be better position to tell what lens you need.

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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    there is also the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8~f/4 which is pretty decent for a lot of applications.
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    Default Re: For newbie: Canon 550D + EF-S 17-55mm IS USM?

    Quote Originally Posted by djanco View Post
    Yup, try the 18-55 which is economical & good IQ. Once you start shooting, you will know what is suitable for u or lacking from your lens. U'd then be better position to tell what lens you need.
    i guess this is the best option till i tried to shoot more on dslr and see which is the limit on 55mm

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