lenses for a new dSLR owner (XSI)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Col127, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Col127 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2003
    hey gang,

    finally took the plunge and got myself a rebel xsi. i've had a keen interest in photography for a long time now but never could bring myself to buy myself a dSLR. :)

    i'm on a really small budget right now but wanted to know what lenses i should be considering either now or in the future? i know there's sigma/tamron lenses as well... i want the best bang for my buck with great quality.. light lenses are preferred. i'm looking to get into wedding photography eventually (just an ambitious dream of mine)

    so far, i have the:
    - 18-55 IS kit lens
    - i'm looking to get the 50 mm 1.8 II (nifty fifty) used
    - and i just ordered the 70-300 MM USM III (i know there's mixed reviews on this, but i'm getting it free - i figure it's better than nothing)

    thanks for any advice !
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Get used to what you have. The new IS kit lens is actually not bad. Play around with it in different conditions and find out what you actually like shooting. Once you know that you can work out what sort of lenses you need...
  3. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    The "nifty fifty" in f/1.8 costs $90.00. Go for it:)

    Save some cash, around $600.00 or so I imagine, and buy a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for landscapes and architecture.

    There are some L primes that don't cost too much considering the quality of the glass. Take a look at the list of Canon lenses here:
  4. disdat macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2005
    New England USA
    I agree, just use what you have (along w/ the nifty fifty) and learn about the camera and lenses, then try to figure out what type of photography you like.

    I love macro, so a macro lens was on my short list, but you might like landscapes, in which a wider angle would be great.

    It's all about what YOU like, not what others recommend. Except for the nifty fifty. Everyone has to have that, at least when first starting out!
  5. apearlman macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2007
    Red Hook, NY
    You're all set. Post again in a 6-12 months.

    Those three lenses will get you pretty far while you learn SLR photography. Before you buy another lens, figure out what you want it to do that your current arsenal can't.

    If you're interested in wedding photography, save your pennies for a flash. (And an off-shoe cord, and a bracket, and a bounce card, ...)

  6. Mantat macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2003
    Montréal (Canada)
    It is funny because a few days ago I made a post on my blog about what first lens should people buy. It turned out to be (of course) the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4.

    Now I am thinking about a follow up article about what the next step would be... Lens, Flash, tripod? So many choices! I am so happy to have all my gear now, I dont have to thinker about all of these (costly) ideas!

    Personally, I think that getting a used popular lens is a great way to learn photography because it will allow you to get "almost for free" a lens until you chose to move to a better quality optic. When you buy and sell used, you only lose the price of shipping...
  7. JBmac macrumors member


    May 19, 2008
    Eastern, PA
    Lensbaby 2.0 - selective focus lens

    Have you thought about trying a selective focus lens, fun to use, and creative. About $150 for the lens, macro lenses optional, but not pricey. Check out the "Lensbaby 2.0", at lensbabies.com

    Focal Length: about 50 mm
    Focus Type: Manual/Fingertip
    Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetically levitating aperture disks
    Apertures: f2.0, f2.8, f4, f5.6, f8
    Minimum Focus: about 12” (30cm) / Maximum Focus: infinity
    Size: 2.25”(5.7cm) h x 2.5”(6.35cm) w / Weight: 3.7 oz (104.9g)
    No electronic communication between the lens and the camera body
    Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, Olympus E1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC, Leica R, Olympus OM, Canon FD, Minolta Manual, Contax/Yashica, and Screw mounts
  8. mpaust macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2008
    Long Beach Island, New Jersey, USA
    18-55 Kit Lens vs. Pro Lens

    I see that you're using an 18-55 Kit Lens. This is my favorite zoom, and I shoot 90% of my portraits using a pro 2.8 17-55 Zoom. If you like the range, I'd consider upgrading to a 2.8 version of your current lens. You can view my images at www.michaelpaust.com
  9. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    Two lenses I love are the Canon 50mm f/1.4 prime, a step up from the "nifty fifty". And the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, which is a step up from the kit lens.

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