A Third Lens. Need some opinions :)

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  1. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

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    Hey everyone. Im looking on buying a third lens kit for my Canon T3. Currently, I've been using the standard 18-55mm and a EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens kit on it, and for my third, Im looking forward on a Telephoto Lens (maybe with a USM) or just a Macro Telephoto lens. I am currently looking at this lens kit:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007WK8MQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    If you all have another lens in mind, please feel free to list it because I am still not 100% sure which lens to buy.

    In a nutshell, Im looking for a lens that has some decent zooming capabilities (at least up to 135mm), a lens that can focus on a subject quick, and something thats within the $400 price range.

    Thank you for your comments in advance.
     
  2. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd recommend the Canon 55-250 IS. It is a great lens and a real bargain for the price vs image quality. And it fits right in with your other lenses. These 3 were the ones that I started with. I've since then upgraded my 18-55 with a Tamron 17-50 (non-VC), but I love my 55-250 so much that I won't even think about getting rid of it until I can justify stepping all the way up to the 70-200 f4L IS.
     
  3. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    The 50-250 is a good lens. Couple it with macro tubes from Kenko and you'll have 3 macro lenses. The tubes are quite cheap.
     
  4. Rich-212 macrumors member

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    I'm in a very similar situation. I have canon 450d (not sure what name that has in USA) and I have the same lenses as the OP. I'm thinking about getting a lens with a bit more reach than the 18-55 - but I also like having the option of having a wider angle available (I think 50mm can be a bit restrictive on a crop body).

    I've been looking at the canon 18-200 3.5-5.6. Would this be a good choice? Does it have the qualities the OP is looking for?
     
  5. I AM THE MAN, Oct 16, 2011
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    I AM THE MAN thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've been thinking about those lens but its hard to make a decision. I'm trying to look for something that has at least 18mm so that it can make a nice "all-in-one." Lens.

    Im kind of stuck between these two lenses:

    1) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C1MY1A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A1ONXNZCOVO2I6

    2) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007WK8MQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
     
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  8. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Considering your need for an all-in-one lens then the Tamron 18-200 would be your best bet. If you get this then it'll essentially make your kit lens obsolete and redundant. The image quality of the kit lens would be a little better than the 18-200 lens but you wouldn't necessarily want to carry it and the 18-200 lens around at the same time. You could get the 18-200 lens and sell the kit lens (you can probably get around $80-$90 for it) and put it towards a macro lens or something.
     
  9. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a

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    another vote for the 55 250 great lens for the price!
     
  10. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    Bear in mind he tests one lens. I've bought two lenses he didn't like that were way better than he'd leave you to believe. So double check with other Sites like photozone.de.

    Tdp is good. Just use it as one source not THE source. Lense copies often vary. And don't get caught up in 100% crops of you don't print big. Put money toward kelbytraining and learn post production.
     
  11. I AM THE MAN, Oct 17, 2011
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    I AM THE MAN thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I understand but its a birthday present! In the future however, I might even sell the 18-55mm because it won't have much use, besides the fact that it can possibly focus a bit quicker than the 18-200mm.

    :)



    Alright thanks for the advice! I will check some more sites out. Which lens would you prefer?



    Additionally, does anybody know anything about this lens kit?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C1MY1A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A1ONXNZCOVO2I6

    I like the fact that it is a USM which will help in fast-focusing.
     
  12. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    It's really hard to beat the 55-250 for a cost performance basis. What do you want to shoot with the lens (sorry if I missed that)
     
  13. I AM THE MAN thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Im looking for a good all around lens. I want something that starts off with at least 18mm to 28mm and can zoom to 135mm or higher. It should be able to focus fast. I plan to shoot general photos (i.e. Travel, Sports, etc)

    *Since im not that experienced with lenses, if the lenses can shoot macro as well, that would be awesome.*
     
  14. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    This made me laugh as I think you're talking about a different website.
     

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