I really though it would take longer then a year to outgrow the kit lens on my Canon T1i. Everyone said to get a better lens instead of the kit, but I thought it would last me longer then this. Anyway, I have decided that I NEED to do something. Now I'm torn on whether I should go with a speedlite or a lens first. What would you do? If you did go with a lens, what would you go with? I don't think I want a prime lens, mainly because I don't want to have to switch lens too often and I like to zoom, especially if we are outside with the girls. Price is definetly a factor.
My friend who is into photography has let me borrow two of his lens. A 50mm and an 85mm prime lens. I played with them both a little bit yesterday. WOW, it has really made aparent how I need to do something! I was able to get some GREAT creamy backgrounds while the girls were nice and crisp with the FAST shutterspeed.
I'd get a lens first--speedlight isn't a MUST, because you can always use window light--and a good lens will help you to be able to get more light in without the need of a flash.
Don't get me wrong, speedlights are awesome too, but for me, good glass is the most important.
Let us know what you decide!
I'd also go with a new lens. The speedlite has helped me a lot this winter, but it's soon going to be getting warmer out, and I know I will take more pictures outdoors than indoors, in which case, I wouldn't need a speedlite. Speedlites are great to have, but I guess this time of year, I'd rather have a really nice lens.
I'd also like to know what lens is reccomended, because I'd love to get a new one. I'm starting to get itchy for a great lens.
I'm a Nikon gal, so I can't really recommend a lens, but I will 2nd (or 3rd) the call for good glass. Normally, I recommend a good prime to folks wanting to take the next step up, but since you said you're not really wanting to go that route, I guess I would suggest something like the 70 - 200mm that Gwen just got for Christmas. I don't know what your budget it like, but Gwen has been rockin' that lens and the range on it would give you a lot of room to grow.
Just my $0.02 worth.
Thanks ladies! I think I will go with a new lens! What lens do you use most often, and what was your first purchase? Maybe going with a good 50mm prime is the way to go. I do like that one better then the 85mm that he has let me borrow. The 85mm may be good for outside, but inside I can't get far enough back from them to really use it well.
You can never go wrong with the 50mm 1.8. It's cheap and fast. But, now that I have fast focusing lenses, I've noticed it focuses really slowly and that frustrates me sometimes.
The two lenses on my camera most are the Sigma 30mm 1.4 and the Canon 70-200 4. I love both and use them for very different reasons.
Depending on your budget, you may want to opt for the Sigma 24-70 2.8 (or Tamron 28-75 2.. They are good, fast zooms and are a great all around lens. I had a bad experience with the Tamron version, but I know a lot of people LOVE that lens and compare it to the Camon 24-70L 2.8 all the time.
Good luck with your decision!
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All I have ever had other than my kit lens is the 50mm 1.4 lens, and it still love it. I will upgrade my camera before I upgrade that lens, that is for sure!(not saying I don't want other lenses, but if you can only have one I think it's the most versatile) I don't know about zooms, I would WAY rather have a good canon 50mm, than a tamron or sigma zoom, but that is my personal taste. Just make sure you try out the lens before you buy it
I haven't read the other replies but I've been thinking about this. I'd definitely get a new lens first over the speedlite. I'd buy a zoom with a set aperture. That way you can also take low light pics indoors if you need to. I love my Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 lens. It hardly ever comes off!
yes that's exactly it! the aperture doesn't change no matter how far you zoom i love it! I have a 17-85mm 4.0-5.6 lens (or something like that) that I never use. I wish I had known about the Tamron lens way back then and I would have saved money We bought it second hand though so it wasn't that much money but I never use it and the focus is horrible. But yeah. If I had enough money I'd go for the 70-200mm 2.8L lens. But I don't see myself buying that for at least two years