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    Default Which lens to buy for my Canon 550D for my upcoming Japan Trip???

    Hi Everyone,

    I need to seek for your advice for which type of lenses to buy for my upcoming trip to Japan in March. I would like to take photos of the night view of Tokyo Tower, street views of Japan and landscapes as well. Currently, I'm using the kit lens 18-55mm. I was told by my friends that I should buy the 17-55 f2.8 which is sufficient for the trip. Oh well, there are some who says that the kit lens is sufficient.

    Normally, besides taking photos of landscape photos, I would love to take photos of my 1 year old. So, is 17-55 f2.8 suitable for potraits as well??

    I'm alright with third party lenses....

    Haiz... Damn confused right now..

    Need advice badly.

    Thanks!!!!

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    Nah. Use your kit lens. Bring a tripod.
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    TS, you appear to be clueless on your buying or what you can do with the lens. It would be a good idea to know what exactly you are buying ?? I second Rashkae, use the kit lens. Night scenery get a tripod.
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    Yeah another vote for a tripod and your 18-55 is good enough for landscapes n street stuffs. Unless u wanna add a 50 f1.8 for low light stuffs.
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    Yeah!
    Tripod and 50/1.8
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    Kit lens is sufficient, you can follow the advice of the bros above, get a tripod (if u dun have) and a fast cheap prime like 50 1.8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akatsuki View Post
    Kit lens is sufficient, you can follow the advice of the bros above, get a tripod (if u dun have) and a fast cheap prime like 50 1.8
    and gals!
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    15-85mm! Power range!
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    15-85 is a good lens...

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    if you can afford the 17-55, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xhui View Post
    and gals!
    Bad idea, his pocket will become much lighter after the trip.

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    Just stick with the kit lens. IF you require longer zoom for your scenery....can consider 55-250 (2nd hand ard $250, check out B&S) which complements 18-55 quite well.

    Night Scenery = Low ISO, Small Aperture (min F8 >) and Long shutter speed (Turn off IS/VR).

    So just make sure you bring your tripod for the Night Scenery and you will be fine. More importantly enjoy the trip and shooting
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    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    Bad idea, his pocket will become much lighter after the trip.
    oh no... totally misunderstood.. ok, sorry for OT..
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    Kit lens, 50mm for low light/indoor, and a good light TRIPOD

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    Quote Originally Posted by xhui View Post
    and gals!
    my bad! do take heed from the suggestions of bros and sis above!
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    Thanks for the advices!!! Meanwhile I would just take the kit lens for my Japan Trip. Most probably, I would have to see what do actually do I intend to shoot and from there, I will know which lens to buy.

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    If you intend to take pictures in the dark or see the nightlife, you will appreciate the 17-55 f/2.8 capabilities.
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    btw... meaning turning off IS when putting the camera on the tripod rt ?

    Is 1/4000 enough or bulb for night scenery shots ? The longer the better right since want to keep ISO n F8 or F11..

    thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyStrike View Post
    Just stick with the kit lens. IF you require longer zoom for your scenery....can consider 55-250 (2nd hand ard $250, check out B&S) which complements 18-55 quite well.

    Night Scenery = Low ISO, Small Aperture (min F8 >) and Long shutter speed (Turn off IS/VR).

    So just make sure you bring your tripod for the Night Scenery and you will be fine. More importantly enjoy the trip and shooting

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    Not to forget cable/wireless shutter release to reduce camera shake

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    I brought my 550D with the 18-55mm kit lens plus 50mm f1.4 to my Italy trip a couple of months ago... 90% of the time i was using the 18-55mm, the 50mm f1.4 was mostly for portrait shots in the evening/setting sun... but i must say my favourite photos from the trip were taken with the 50mm f1.4 lens wide open.

    Love the background blurring and subject isolation capabilities of the 50mm f1.4 lens.

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