Need to purchase 2nd lens!


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unplugged

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I own a canon eos 400D with a 18-55mm kit lens (purchased Nov 07).
Was wondering what would be good to get for my 2nd lens, but have quite a tight budget <$500-600.

Considering:
#1 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
#2 Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
#3 Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 or 1.8

Usually take photos on holiday (scenery, occasional shots with people, food) and occasionally take portraits, wedding photos.

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Any suggestions or other lenses to recommend?

Thanks :)
 

Rashkae

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Use your existing lens for your trael and landscapes. Invest in a 50mm lens for portraits and weddings.
 

estel

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i second the above, can also consider a 35mm portrait.
 

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The 50mm f/1.8 is about $130-$150 I think, plus the 35mm f/2 is about $400+

But not sure, if you will like to have 2 primes + 1 kit lens. Primes are fixed focal so not as convenient, but large aperture.

Try getting the 50mm f/1.8 first and see how you go. It was also 1 of the first few lenses I bought as it was very cheap to experiment with.

You can decide on the 35mm later.
 

unplugged

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Would it make sense to replace kit lens with an alternative (like the tamron or 28-135) ?
Not sure if I should invest in 2 primes and I may not use them very often..
 

calebk

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Do you intend for the second lens to replace or complement your kit lens?
 

night86mare

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Do you intend for the second lens to replace or complement your kit lens?
this is a good question

do you want a REPLACEMENT, or an addition?

in any case, if you don't know, then the question is, do you want to take other perspectives, or is the kit lens limiting you in any way?
 

Reportage

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55-250 IS.

good for just about any occassion. if you need more range look up teleconverter.
 

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wait till you get to 'Need to purchase 8th lens!'................ :bsmilie:

all noise aside, try to avoid too much overlapping of focal lengths
 

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