Need Advises on Lens and Flash


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Hougang
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Hey Guys n Ladies,

Got myself a canon 350D and using the standard 18-55mm lens..Still learning the ropes around it..Thought of getting an 75-300mm Lens.Its reasonably cheap and since im still new,tot of trying this lens first,read the reviews..some pros n cons..Any advises?Coz i always take photos of human expressions and movable objects..

And for the external flash,im a lil Noob here...Tot of getting an external flash,but any specific type of external flash for canon to be recommended?The basic flash for a beginner.

Hope that help will come and will be able to learn the ropes from you guys..Thanks!
 

krishna91

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i have 580EXII , but i would recommend 430EXII for beginners. Those are 2 flashes i have used and they are great.
 

Reportage

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18-55 IS + 55-250 IS + 50mm F/1.8

above is what i recommend to beginner Canon users who dont mind 2nd hand lens. They dont cost a lot yet are almost toe to toe with higher priced glass when used correctly.

as for flash, use the onboard one first to understand FEC. get a external flash only when you know why the onboard flash doesnt suffice.
 

NovJoe

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Hey Guys n Ladies,

Got myself a canon 350D and using the standard 18-55mm lens..Still learning the ropes around it..Thought of getting an 75-300mm Lens.Its reasonably cheap and since im still new,tot of trying this lens first,read the reviews..some pros n cons..Any advises?Coz i always take photos of human expressions and movable objects..

And for the external flash,im a lil Noob here...Tot of getting an external flash,but any specific type of external flash for canon to be recommended?The basic flash for a beginner.

Hope that help will come and will be able to learn the ropes from you guys..Thanks!
Human expressions can use lens like 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2.8, 135 f/2L. For moving objects, you'll need fast lens but what are the objects you are looking at? If you are looking at zoom tele-lens, I recommend 70-200mm f/4L IS USM or 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. The 75-300mm III USM is not a well recommended lens.

Flash photography is a big learning curve. Do it right and everything will be nice, otherwise, results will turn out debatable.

Btw, what is your budget for lens and flash?
 

Blur Shadow

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Let your budget decide. How much are you willing to fork out?
 

Octarine

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Forget the 75-300; go for 70-300 or 55-250 instead.
 

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Hougang
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Thank you guys for all the replies...

Yup,got a few bad reviews i read up on 75-300 be it the USM or the non-usm version..

Budget wise is debatable,as im still new in this line..so i dun want to really just splurge money on things that im unsure of...still learning and taking tips from you experience people...as to increase my knowledge regarding the lenses...

So i got the 18-55mm IS lens...guess on the lookout for 55-200mm...and the 50m/1.8 lens..thank you so much for the help..

Guess the flash can be a later part as i learn the ropes more on the lenses first...thank you so much for the help..
 

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Thank you guys for all the replies...

Yup,got a few bad reviews i read up on 75-300 be it the USM or the non-usm version..

Budget wise is debatable,as im still new in this line..so i dun want to really just splurge money on things that im unsure of...still learning and taking tips from you experience people...as to increase my knowledge regarding the lenses...

So i got the 18-55mm IS lens...guess on the lookout for 55-200mm...and the 50m/1.8 lens..thank you so much for the help..

Guess the flash can be a later part as i learn the ropes more on the lenses first...thank you so much for the help..
yeah, i started out with 1000D and got myself a 50mm F1.8, with the earlier on 18-55mm kit lens.

now is also looking towards 55-200mm lens. other than canon, any good recommendations from third-party for same 55-200mm as well? probably cheaper too :lovegrin:
 

Octarine

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yeah, i started out with 1000D and got myself a 50mm F1.8, with the earlier on 18-55mm kit lens.

now is also looking towards 55-200mm lens. other than canon, any good recommendations from third-party for same 55-200mm as well? probably cheaper too :lovegrin:
The 50mm f/1.8 is the only lens which combines low price and good image quality to that extend. Most other good lenses come with a higher price tag, some expensive lenses don't deliver what the price tag might suggest.
Read the reviews (dpreview.com; photozone.de) and rent the lenses if possible.
 

midicity

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The 55-250 is a much better lens than the 75-300. Only thing that it is an EFS lens and not usable on Full Frame.

If you don't intend to go FF, that would be a good telezoom of choice
 

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