A&P New DSLR user, going to order body, but need lens recommendation

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  1. Background Music

    Background Music I have a love/hate relationship with love and hate

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    I'm going to preorder a Canon xsi on Friday (most likely) I was going to go with the basic kit (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens) but I read some reviews saying that it was just alright and that it might be better to go with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

    Should I just buy the kit or should I buy the body and get the 50mm f/1.8?

    I'm really new to the DSLR scene and I'll probably be shooting my friends and random objects (possibly macro).

    Help.


    Looking to buy from Amazon, should I go to another retailer?
     
  2. ThexToddster

    ThexToddster New Member

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    How much are you looking to spend?
     
  3. MastaCow

    MastaCow I love cup.

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    thrifty fifty is never a bad purchase.
     
  4. nine

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    that new kit lens is supposed to be very decent as far as image quality goes. normally i'd recommend getting the body only, but everything i've read about the new kit lens seems like it's more than worth $100.

    it's lacking in max aperture and other features (USM ring focus, constant aperture, non-rotating front element, focus point changes when you zoom) you'll want as you get more comfortable with photography. the 50 1.8 has a great max aperture, but is SEVERELY lacking in other features.

    if you're on a budget might as well get the kit, i'd suggest you pick up the 50 or another cheap prime as well.

    the 50 is a nice lens, but on the xsi it'll be a little too long for a "normal" lens. i dunno what you're gonna shoot, but you might feel more comfortable with the 35 f/2 which is ~$230.

    whats your initial budget? either way, aside from el cheapo kit lens i'd recommend staying away from the small aperture lower quality lenses.
     
  5. tek

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    if you're new to the game, i suggest you pick up the kit lens then move on to other lenses
     
  6. nine

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  8. Background Music

    Background Music I have a love/hate relationship with love and hate

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    I'm trying to stay on the cheap at this point as I am new to this scene. Thanks for all the responses thus far.

    What other lenses should a novice consider for general uses and cool looking shots? I don't really need a large zoom though.
     
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    50mm f/1.8 :h5:
     
  10. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    personally, i would just get the kit lens. the 50 1.8 is great for some things, but i would never want it to be the only lens i had. not sure what your budget is, but a used 20/30d and a better used lens would be a much better way to spend your money.
     
  11. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    get the kit lens. a 50 prime (like the 50/1.8) as your only lens on a crop body would fucking blow.
     
  12. FlashhslaF

    FlashhslaF New Member

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    get the body alone and buy yourself the Tamron 17-50 2.8 or Sigma 18-5X 2.8. Both run around 400, sigma might be a bit cheaper.

    You won't be dissappointed.
     
  13. nine

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    he won't be disappointed with the old kit lens either. it's probably better to spend as little money as possible until he gets out of the initial learning phase.
     
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    FlashhslaF New Member

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    that could work too...

    I was thinking in terms of long term, if hes not too strapped for cash right now, might as well save money by getting the body only and put in few hundred dollars and invest in something that he'll eventually want/need to get. :dunno:
     
  15. nine

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    i'd probably wait spending almost as much on a lens as the body until he understands what the advantages of f2.8 are, what the differences are between tamron, sigma, canon etc. especially when the new kit will give him good IQ.
     
  16. Background Music

    Background Music I have a love/hate relationship with love and hate

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    thanks for all the helpful responses guys. I'll probably just pick up the kit for now and get comfortable with that.

    I'll keep my eye on this forum for lens recommendations.

    :bigthumb:
     

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