Kit lens or not?


#1
I'm getting a DSLR tmr! And I'm having a seriously limited budget. So here's my option...

1) Canon DSLR + Kit Lens I OR
2) Canon DSLR + 50mm f1.8

I reckon Kit Lens I only has max 3x zoom. Which is not really worthy in the long run, ultimately I'll have it changed soon. So why not get a f1.8 first and save up for a 18-200?

Anyone has any advice for me? :)
 

beebeeice

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I'd say go for the kit lens.

The kit lens in the first place, is more versatile than the 50mm f1.8 II. And besides, if you wanna get the 50mm later on, its not that expensive.

And you gotta think about the time when you are saving for the 18-200. What are you gonna do with just a 50mm f1.8 during that time.
 

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Actually... depending on what you have in mind... what TS really want to shoot. Kit lens is very versatile... you can have a taste of a something wide, and also have some reach.

50mm for a starter is very limited, but if TS already know what he/she was into, then by all means get the 50mm (it is a very sharp and fast lens).
 

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Yeah, and seeing that you want a 18-200mm, i think getting a 50mm alone would be very restrictive for you.
 

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I would go for the kit lens too, 50mm is too restrictive especially when you have not used it before. Who knows, after using the kit lens maybe you might realize that u do not need an 18-200 after all.
 

madmartian

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I can actually get Kit 1 lens PLUS 50mm f1.8 ultimately if I forgo dry cabinet. But its really important to get a dry cabinet right?
Go for the kit lens & drycab
50mm a little restrictive in a room or small hall or group shots.
 

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why not get a 18-55mm is at the bns section since you're tight on budget.
you can get it for around 100 here.
and when you wanted to upgrade , you can sell it off at the same price and get the 18-200mm.
 

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Just buy new body alone, buy used 18-55mm for $100 or less & 50mm f1.8 for $90 or less.
Try out both lenses & decide what u need.
 

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But I really love the bokeh 50mm f1.8 gives... 18-55mm doesnt give you much bokeh right?
Well, it depends on what's your genre. If you are a bokeh guy, then go for the 50mm.
Shooting a 18-55mm @55mm @f3.5 might, I say might, give you some bokeh.
If you dun shoot wide for 90% of the time, then go for the 50mm & save up for 18-200mm or go for the 18-200mm kit & save up for the 50mm.The choice is yours ;)
 

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Sounds good.... Which means I'll get a 550d body + 50mm f1.8 fr shop, then buy it at bns section then?
or u can get both kit lens and 50mm here and then your body asap =x lastly a dry cabinet or box
 

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yeah, i recommend buying just the body from shop since it's going to last you long like what i did.
50mm 1.8 get from bns section better , since maybe you're going to upgrade to a better bokelicious lens sooner or later. probably a 1.4.
 

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I just bought my new DSLR few days ago,a Canon 550D body with a 50mm f1.8 prime lens,and it is indeed restrictive,but i read it in an article from digitalrev saying that that will actually improve shot composition skills as it forces us,the photographer to move around more instead of just relying on the zoom function in the standard zoom lens though
 

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I think I'll get 50mm 1.8 from shop ba. Dont think I'll upgrade that soon. 1.4 is too ex a jump from 1.8.

So here's my deal:

550D Body - $880
50mm f1.8 - $120
18-55mm @ BNS - $100
Dry Cabinet - $110

Sounds good right? Any comments/advice?
 

luckyorange

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I think I'll get 50mm 1.8 from shop ba. Dont think I'll upgrade that soon. 1.4 is too ex a jump from 1.8.

So here's my deal:

550D Body - $880
50mm f1.8 - $120
18-55mm @ BNS - $100
Dry Cabinet - $110

Sounds good right? Any comments/advice?
GOT!!! ask for more free gift =x :bsmilie:
 

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