What lens to buy?


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rossyn

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I'm a newbie. I want to get a lens for my 450D but do not know what lens to get.
Any advise?
 

sidloojl

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that depends on what sort of pictures you wanna take...i don't profess to know though..haha. hopefully some helpful pro ard will help you..
 

Titan10k

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If you don't know what to buy then save the money and don't buy any.
Sounds like a joke, but it's true. Seriously if you don't know which to buy, you don't need to buy anything yet. Keep the cash.
 

MarkNKL

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If you don't know what to buy then save the money and don't buy any.
Sounds like a joke, but it's true. Seriously if you don't know which to buy, you don't need to buy anything yet. Keep the cash.
+1


But to answer you question, I'm gonna ask you more questions first.
Whats your budget?
Whats your shooting style ie what kind of shots have you been taking recently and in what light?
How long do you want that lens to last you?

General consensus is;
Walk-around lens: Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 for the value,
If you got more cash, go buy the Canon EF-S17-55 f/2.8

Portrait primes: Canon 50mm f/1.8 ($150 niah)
If you want more quality, buy 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8.
If you want even more Quality theres the 50/85mm f/1.2L

Tele-Zooms: EF-S 55-250 from what I hear is a pretty nifty thing for its price, $400 i believe.
Want more quality and to last for some time, EF 70-200 f/4 L IS (1.8K)
Want something even better that'll probably last "forever", EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS (3k)
 

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But to answer you question, I'm gonna ask you more questions first.
Whats your budget?
Whats your shooting style ie what kind of shots have you been taking recently and in what light?
How long do you want that lens to last you?

General consensus is;
Walk-around lens: Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 for the value,
If you got more cash, go buy the Canon EF-S17-55 f/2.8

Portrait primes: Canon 50mm f/1.8 ($150 niah)
If you want more quality, buy 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8.
If you want even more Quality theres the 50/85mm f/1.2L

Tele-Zooms: EF-S 55-250 from what I hear is a pretty nifty thing for its price, $400 i believe.
Want more quality and to last for some time, EF 70-200 f/4 L IS (1.8K)
Want something even better that'll probably last "forever", EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS (3k)

I really like pple like MarkNKL, very helpful.. :)
 

Reportage

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I'm a newbie. I want to get a lens for my 450D but do not know what lens to get.
Any advise?
why buy when you can rent to try first?

anyway, the standard 18-55 mk2 IS + 55-250 IS is a pretty formidable combination especially if used with flash for low light situation.

for low light without flash, the most common is Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and Sigma 70-200 f2.8 but take note these lenses are not IS capable.
 

Ninestar

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+1


But to answer you question, I'm gonna ask you more questions first.
Whats your budget?
Whats your shooting style ie what kind of shots have you been taking recently and in what light?
How long do you want that lens to last you?

General consensus is;
Walk-around lens: Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 for the value,
If you got more cash, go buy the Canon EF-S17-55 f/2.8

Portrait primes: Canon 50mm f/1.8 ($150 niah)
If you want more quality, buy 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8.
If you want even more Quality theres the 50/85mm f/1.2L

Tele-Zooms: EF-S 55-250 from what I hear is a pretty nifty thing for its price, $400 i believe.
Want more quality and to last for some time, EF 70-200 f/4 L IS (1.8K)
Want something even better that'll probably last "forever", EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS (3k)

:thumbsup: :)
 

rossyn

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Thank you Marknkl and Reportage.

I may consider to rent first to try before I buy.

I like to take potraits and lanscape. May I know where can I rent the lenses?
 

SnappyPig

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I'm a newbie. I want to get a lens for my 450D but do not know what lens to get.
Any advise?
Entirely depends on what you want to take.. If you have doubt i suggest meddle with the kit lens until you know what u want then spend the $.. else save it.. ;)
 

MarkNKL

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Thank you Marknkl and Reportage.

I may consider to rent first to try before I buy.

I like to take potraits and lanscape. May I know where can I rent the lenses?
Can try peninsula plaza

For landscape and skyline shots, your kit lens, the 18-55mm should do well enough. If you want something wider, you can go for the EF-S 10-22mm or its Sigma/Tamron counterparts, but I never could justify spending 1k on a lens that I have little use for and couldn't follow me up to FF (Note: I don't do much landscape, my 17-50mm served me well enough on my ol 400D


As for portraits, if you're tight on the budget, the EF 50mm f1.8 is pretty nifty, its still my "fast prime" even though I've got 2 L lenses in my bag as well, follows me everywhere.
The 85mm f/1.8 is a good lens for its price as well, $600, has a good 136mm when coupled with the 1.6x crop factor of your 450D, nice for bust crops.
50mm f/1.4 same price as 85mm, is fast and will serve very well in low light, or getting you bokeh, but beware corner sharpness issues (or at least the one i borrowed)
 

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foongchris

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I'm a newbie. I want to get a lens for my 450D but do not know what lens to get.
Any advise?
Hi...hope you must be excited with your new toy from Canon :) I'm not a Canon user but I own a Nikon DSLR, did you got your set with the kit? What I know that there are two types of kit that c/w with either a (A)18mm-200mm or (B)18mm-55mm, don't think you bought only the body.

This are my thoughts, if you got kit (A) that would be good enough to serve you for at least the next 6-12 mths, this is good enough to help you from wide angle, potrait, close angle shooting & a light weight travelling lens.

What if you got kit (B)? I would say 18mm-55mm is more close to a wide angle lens & not so much from the rest above mention. You could encounter difficulty along the way & you can conside getting a 24/28mm-105mm lens. This will be just nice for those few point that I have mentioned.

When you master the fundamental of handling a DSLR & realise what type photo shoot you are good at, thats where you starts to buy more toys :) Hope this thinker help you, wishing you happy shooting.

CHEERS!
 

ahbian

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Thank you Marknkl and Reportage.

I may consider to rent first to try before I buy.

I like to take potraits and lanscape. May I know where can I rent the lenses?
Check the "Commercial Services Offered" subforums
 

MarkNKL

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Hi...hope you must be excited with your new toy from Canon :) I'm not a Canon user but I own a Nikon DSLR, did you got your set with the kit? What I know that there are two types of kit that c/w with either a (A)18mm-200mm or (B)18mm-55mm, don't think you bought only the body.

This are my thoughts, if you got kit (A) that would be good enough to serve you for at least the next 6-12 mths, this is good enough to help you from wide angle, potrait, close angle shooting & a light weight travelling lens.

What if you got kit (B)? I would say 18mm-55mm is more close to a wide angle lens & not so much from the rest above mention. You could encounter difficulty along the way & you can conside getting a 24/28mm-105mm lens. This will be just nice for those few point that I have mentioned.

When you master the fundamental of handling a DSLR & realise what type photo shoot you are good at, thats where you starts to buy more toys :) Hope this thinker help you, wishing you happy shooting.

CHEERS!
The money you spend on a 24-105 f/4 can get you an EF-S 55-250 + 2 mid-range primes :bigeyes:

I would not recommend a 28-105/28-135 because you're giving up too much on the wide end and while the 105/135 gives you some added reach, its not enough. Also, with aperture around f/4-f/5.6, you can't throw out the background sufficiently to get a nice portrait.

The statement above as is the following is purely subjective to the user, different photogs have different opinions, but I'm more partial to the 2 lens solution, if you need to go long, stop and switch lenses. If you need to shoot portrait, stop and change lens, because your model is very unlikely to runaway from you in the minute or so it takes to switch.
 

waderbreak

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i think any lens (e.g kit lens, 17-55 f2.8 will do) although i'll favor the 17-55 because if you know more or less in the future you like to take good all rounded shots for landscape, travel, portraits, weddings, events, the 17-55 is a good lens. plus, you don't need to worry about selling off the kit lens.

Like what bro MarkNKL already mentioned, it's up to you depenidng on your objective and your available capital. Ideally, you should test out your kit lens (if you bought them together) and then you'll know what kind of photography suits you best, but you can take a chance and skip it.

cheap prime lenses (aka 50mm f1.8) are good to learn too, plus value-for-money etc. so.. just sort out first what are your general intentions, ie 6 mths down the road you plan to shoot weddings, 1 yr down the road you plan to be decent in landscape, 2 yrs down the road you want to explore portraits/lighting. then start to purchase.
 

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