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i-Noob

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Hi all, i'm new to photography & willing to learn more.. Unfortunately i'm kinda busy at work during day time, so only able to shoot after 7pm onwards, with my 550D kit lens.. But then i found that the kit lens 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS seem doesn't work well in the dark ( or low light you call it, idk =p ) & the build-in flash looks sucks too :) Appreciated that if u guys can spare some info on the next lenses/flash that i should probably buy (budget 1k sgd).. Think more on Landscape/ Architecture or Night Portraits.. All input are welcome, tysm ... Cheers !!!!

p/s : i'm currently age of 30+ ,staying at east side & also looking for photo shooting buddies !!!
 

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Hi all, i'm new to photography & willing to learn more.. Unfortunately i'm kinda busy at work during day time, so only able to shoot after 7pm onwards, with my 550D kit lens.. But then i found that the kit lens 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS seem doesn't work well in the dark ( or low light you call it, idk =p ) & the build-in flash looks sucks too :) Appreciated that if u guys can spare some info on the next lenses/flash that i should probably buy (budget 1k sgd).. Think more on Landscape/ Architecture or Night Portraits.. All input are welcome, tysm ... Cheers !!!!

p/s : i'm currently age of 30+ ,staying at east side & also looking for photo shooting buddies !!!
In which area do you find your kit lens sucks at low light photography? Was it that, the lens cannot focus fast enough, or at all? Or was it that it gave blurry picture. If it was the latter, then maybe it is not the lens' issue, but your holding issues... you might want to invest in a good tripod for that. Because at low light, we shoot at pretty low shutter speed, which sometime can reach more than 10sec exposure... in that case, it would be pretty impossible for us to handhold the camera... and since you like landscape/architecture photos, a good tripod + remote control is more important... when you are shooting night portraits - external flashes are more important.

I would suggest that you save up and get yourselves those mentioned accessories first, while you explore with your kit lens at the moment. Of course if you truely find that the lens is limiting you, then you must first find out in what area it is limiting you... before jumping into getting a new lens (call it an upgrade if you will.)
 

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Well advised... Tripod, flash and remote for night photography, no less
 

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with 1k as the budget for the lens, and for low light shooting as well as night photography... perhaps you can get sigma's 17-50 OS HSM... it's f2.8 fixed aperture will allow you to improve your low light shooting... for night landscape, please consider investing in a decent tripod. nothing other than the tripod would improve your situation here...
 

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i-Noob said:
Hi all, i'm new to photography & willing to learn more.. Unfortunately i'm kinda busy at work during day time, so only able to shoot after 7pm onwards, with my 550D kit lens.. But then i found that the kit lens 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS seem doesn't work well in the dark ( or low light you call it, idk =p ) & the build-in flash looks sucks too :) Appreciated that if u guys can spare some info on the next lenses/flash that i should probably buy (budget 1k sgd).. Think more on Landscape/ Architecture or Night Portraits.. All input are welcome, tysm ... Cheers !!!!

p/s : i'm currently age of 30+ ,staying at east side & also looking for photo shooting buddies !!!
Nothing wrong with kit lens

Since u r shooting building / landscape, get a tripod. Continue to use kit lens

U must also know how to shoot for the night. The settings are different
 

shierwin

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Read the Stickies under Night Photography Forum. Extremely informative and useful.
 

i-Noob

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Hmm will get my self a tripod 1st, thank you so much guys :)
 

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Hi all, i'm new to photography & willing to learn more.. Unfortunately i'm kinda busy at work during day time, so only able to shoot after 7pm onwards, with my 550D kit lens.. But then i found that the kit lens 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS seem doesn't work well in the dark ( or low light you call it, idk =p ) & the build-in flash looks sucks too :) Appreciated that if u guys can spare some info on the next lenses/flash that i should probably buy (budget 1k sgd).. Think more on Landscape/ Architecture or Night Portraits.. All input are welcome, tysm ... Cheers !!!!

p/s : i'm currently age of 30+ ,staying at east side & also looking for photo shooting buddies !!!
Hello and welcome!

You have to read up a little on taking pictures in low light situations then you will know the ways to counter or compensate in such situation. :)
 

i-Noob

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Opps.. Tripod + a remote =p Thanks again guys :)
 

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Think again about the built in flash. Which flash would you need to light up a landscape or building at night? The built in flash still has it's purpose and properly used it can be helpful in low light when taking pictures of close objects. Read up about diffusers and Flash Exposure Compensation.
 

i-Noob

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Yea flashes, kinda out of budget buy maybe after I'm done with tripod & a travel camera bags.. Been doing some research here & found a lot of input for Sirui tripods & wonder what
 

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i-Noob

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Sorry typo earlier.. No budget or flashes now.. With 1k I'm eyeing on 300sgd tripod , a travel camera bag & a extra lenses :). Thank you all for the input :)
 

i-Noob

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Or maybe lens later part cos I'm still new to photography :)
 

Octarine

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Or maybe lens later part cos I'm still new to photography :)
Buy lenses only once you know why you need them. There's no point for you to look at any other lens, you need to learn how to use a lens and what you can do with it. You kit lens is given for a reason: it covers a range that most newbies will find useful during their first steps. Use it, you have paid for it :)
Alternatively, you can rent lenses if you just want to try or if you need something specific for an occasion. Contacts in the Services section.
 

i-Noob

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Octarine said:
Buy lenses only once you know why you need them. There's no point for you to look at any other lens, you need to learn how to use a lens and what you can do with it. You kit lens is given for a reason: it covers a range that most newbies will find useful during their first steps. Use it, you have paid for it :)
Alternatively, you can rent lenses if you just want to try or if you need something specific for an occasion. Contacts in the Services section.
True true , why not using it while i've paid for it :) Lens rental is a good idea to test out any lens before buying, idk.. Have to absorb certain risks I guess..
 

i-Noob

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i-Noob said:
True true , why not using it while i've paid for it :) Lens rental is a good idea to test out any lens before buying, idk.. Have to absorb certain risks I guess..
That a good idea.. Thanks for the input :)
 

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