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Old 12-29-2013, 11:45 AM
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Default Camera Lens choice - help I have no clue

My fiancee rec'd a Canon DSLR camera from Santa.

I am looking at lenses.

These are the only two choices:

Canon EF 75-300mm (non-image stabilized)

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Canon EFS 18-55mm (image stabilized)

Her camera came with only a 50mm lens. If you could pick ONLY one and were a "beginner" which would it be? Is the image stabilization that important or go with more zoom?

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I know nothing about these things except they have a lot of buttons.

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If she wants close stuff and scenery go for the 18-55

If she wants the owl in the tree get the 75-300 but look for a stabilized version ... or she will need to master proper camera handling techniques ...
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I would get a Tameron or other zoom lens that is 18 to 200 at least. Some can go to 300. Won't need another lens..
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I just asked my brother who is a film major at MA art..and he said definitely get the 18 - 55

or...

get the body only and get a 50 mm 1.8....
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Why are those the only 2 options? The 75-300 is pretty well known for being garbage. They make a 70-300 IS which is better in that focal range. Get the 18-55 IS.
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Why only two choices? Canon has dozens of lenses. You didn't say what Canon camera body she got but it sounds like an APS-C crop based on the mention of the 18-55 EFS.

B & H Photo of NYC has good prices and services on Canon gear:

I would choose a wide angle to moderate telephoto zoom over a 50 prime if that is all I was going to have. The 50 prime is too long for general use on an APS-C crop body. The 18-55 STM is a nice lens at a good price.

Here are some good choices for those:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._5_5_6_is.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._f_2_8_IS.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._5_5_6_IS.html


For a telephoto there are several choices better than the 75-300. The 55-250 is a good choice at a good price. The other two are good but more money. The 100-400 is great for wildlife.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._4_5_6_is.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._4_5_6_IS.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...6L_IS_USM.html


Adorama Camera from NYC is also an excellent store:
http://www.adorama.com/

Hope this helps!
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My wife got a Nikon D3100 last year for Christmas, and it came with the Nikkor 18-55, which will be a better all around lens for a beginner. I got her the Nikkor 55-300 lens for Christmas this year, and those two will cover just about anything the average photographer will need.
Start out with the 18-55 is my recommendation, and the zoom lens will make a nice birthday or Christmas gift down the road.
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Santa brought a T3i with a 50mm lens.

I have a friend that will sell me either of the above lenses for $50.

Probably end up getting both but for now she has to pick one of those two ONLY.

I do appreciate all the advice and believe me I have no idea what any of this means, and neither does she at this point. A year from now that might be different . . .

Thanks

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18-55 without question. She'll take way more pics in the 18mm range than the zooms...
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Definitely go with the 18-55 to start with. If she needs a long telephoto zoom lens look for the 50-250 IS lens rather than the non-IS 75-300. These are all "kit" lenses that are packaged with camera for retail sales so you can often pick them up quite cheaply. I bought 2 T3i cameras this year for a safari trip. Both came with the 18-55, one also came with the 55-250 and I bought the 70-300 IS USM lens also (which is ~$650 retail - not the same lens that you have been offered). It was better than the 50-250 (in my opinion) but also heavier and bulkier.

If you are looking for additional lenses in the future check out the Canon website for refurbished deals. Sometimes they have very good prices and they have a 1-year factory warranty.

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/ca...rbished-lenses

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I just went through this and bought an 18-135 IS lens for an "everyday" lens. Couldn't be happier
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She'll need several types of lenses I would start off with this.........http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...mm_f_4l_is_usm

And then a nice ultra wide angle........http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum..._f_2_8l_ii_usm

Followed by a telephoto http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum..._5_5_6l_is_usm

Super telephoto http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum..._f_5_6l_is_usm

And finally a Macro.....http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...5x_macro_photo
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
Santa brought a T3i with a 50mm lens.

I have a friend that will sell me either of the above lenses for $50.

Probably end up getting both but for now she has to pick one of those two ONLY.

I do appreciate all the advice and believe me I have no idea what any of this means, and neither does she at this point. A year from now that might be different . . .

Thanks

-Rob
For $50 each get both. Can't go wrong on that. The T3i is a very good camera. Take some time getting familiar with it before deciding what you want/need next.
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
She'll need several types of lenses I would start off with this.........http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...mm_f_4l_is_usm

And then a nice ultra wide angle........http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum..._f_2_8l_ii_usm

Followed by a telephoto http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum..._5_5_6l_is_usm

Super telephoto http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum..._f_5_6l_is_usm

And finally a Macro.....http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consum...5x_macro_photo

Where is your wink or font change?
What the hell, get all of them!


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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
Where is your wink or font change?
What the hell, get all of them!


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If your going to buy lenses might as will spend the money and get the best
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Poke around Ken's website too. Plenty of info there:
Www.kenrockwell.com
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$100 for both? sign me up! But if you had to choose to start, the 18-55. Hell if you dont like the 18-55 id give you $60 for it since I need one so I stop taking my $400 lens offshore. The 50mm 1.8 is a great prime lens to work and learn with. Great for low light stuff. I want to get a 50mm 1.4
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Wide angle lens first…… Telephoto lens later.

I use my wide angle lens much more often than I use my Telephoto.

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I bought my D7000 with a 18-105. Later I got a 70-300, all very slightly used and off craigslist. The 18-105 is the everyday lens.
The prices the seller is asking can't be beat if they are in good condition.
Like others have said, buy them both and as she learns and wants to get better glass, sell them.

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