Lens Question

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Lens Question

So, my camera was my Christmas present to myself...well, from DH and a bit of extra money Wink

I have a Canon Rebel XT that came with the 18-55mm kit lens, but I want to get another option. What's a good second lens to have?

Thanks girls!

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I would go get a nifty 50 (50mm). I have one that has an aperture of f1.8. Love that camera, great for portraiture. The only thing is its a fixed lens, you can't zoom in or out. You'll definitely get a big bang for the cost of the lens.

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nifty fifty is nice. That was my second lens Smile Third lens was my Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens and then my Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 lens I love my Tamron so far! I love all my lenses though. If you are looking for cheap though I'd get the 50mm 1.8 for sure Smile

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It really depends on what your photographic focus will be. The nifty fifty is often the first purchase after the kit lens...it allows you to shoot at a nice distance, practice working with wider apertures, is much nicer quality than the kit lens, and as a prime teaches you to use your feet to zoom when appropriate.

It's a good first purchase, but if you are finding that your kit lens doesn't zoom close enough, you may want to get a lens with a longer reach....like maybe the 100mm 2.8 which is a decent portrait lens as well as a macro and for its quality is still really affordable.

ETA: The Tamron the pp mentioned is also a good choice for a 2nd lens.