In need of your lens expertise!

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LindieLu's picture
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In need of your lens expertise!

I'm new to the DSLR world... but I purchased the Canon Rebel xsi a few months ago and I'm still playing with it. I need another lens because the lens it came with (18-55) really only allows me to take pictures of things close up. I need to get something where I can zoom in more. What are your suggestions?? As for price... i don't want to spend an arm and leg.. but I do want good picture quality.... any thoughts???

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What do you want to take pictures of?

I have the same camera. I really enjoyed the 50mm f/1.8 lens ($85). This is a prime lens though (no zoom). But portraits look outstanding with this lens.

The second lens I bought was the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 ($300?). This lens zooms. I use it for everything, in fact, it has never left my camera since I got it. Smile

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"Melvin76" wrote:

What do you want to take pictures of?

I want to be able to take pictures of my kids doing everyday things without having to be right on top of them.

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The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Zoom Lens would do the job for you, probably cost you a couple of hundred bucks, it's not brilliant quality but if you're happy with the 18-55mm it won't be any worse than that.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/543923-USA/Canon_2044B002AA_EF_S_55_250mm_f_4_5_6_IS.html

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"'ren" wrote:

The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Zoom Lens would do the job for you, probably cost you a couple of hundred bucks, it's not brilliant quality but if you're happy with the 18-55mm it won't be any worse than that.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/543923-USA/Canon_2044B002AA_EF_S_55_250mm_f_4_5_6_IS.html

Thanks Lauren! I'm going to check into that. Since I'm very new to this, I don't want to spend a ton of money on lenses, but I can handle a couple hundred bucks. It looks like it has pretty good reviews and since i'm still learning i'm sure it'll do the job just fine.

Just curious.... what lens do you use?

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Yeah that'll cover a reasonable range for you and give you plenty of room to learn and play.

I mostly use 2 of my lenses, 100mm f/2.8 macro and 17-40mm f/4 L