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Recommendation for a small budget?
« on: May 28, 2012, 04:08:53 AM »
Well, I just completed my first year of college. I had to put down my photo stuff for about 3 months to concentrate on school. BUT, I'm ready to start shooting again. :D

So, as a "good-job-on-not-dying-after-your-first-year-in-college" present, my family is letting get any lens. As long as it's around $1000-1200.

This is the criteria:
1. Great IQ
2. Covers a good range (wide angle-telephoto range).
3. Works well with a crop camera *Canon T1i*

I've been eying the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens but I don't want to just get one lens.
And I don't plan on upgrading to full frame in the future.
(I do plan on upgrading to a 7d in the near future though).

This is the combo that has caught my eye though.
- Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 with a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Macro

I'd to hear some other options I should consider from anyone :D
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Recommendation for a small budget?
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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 07:45:01 AM »
I personally like the Sigma's 17-70 OS. While it is not kicking the stars from the sky when it comes to IQ, it's very decent. It even has f/2.8 somewhere like 17-20mm, and it being 70mm on the log end allows you to leave it on your camera at all times. If you need a telephoto range, Canon's 70-300 IS (non-L) is a steady contender here.
But you can get one 24-105L for the price of these two lenses, and it would be my favourite. Its IQ is great, it's compact and lightweight, and while you will miss some WA, you will be rewarded with great IQ and constant aperture.

If you're looking for a luxurious kit, EF-S 17-55 and EF 70-300L is the way to go though.

Just my 2 cents.

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 08:10:06 AM »
Perhaps a Sigma 17-50, sharper than the 17-70 and less distortion on the wide end. Then add a Canon Refurb 70-200 f/4L. That would be about 1200.00 combined. You'd have 27-320 FL covered. Then you could save for a 10-22 EF-S.

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 02:58:04 PM »
You have the general use range covered, so I'd go for a couple of cheap primes, perhaps a 28mm f1.8 which would be a good walkabout prime on a crop, plus an 85mm f1.8, which would be a great portrait choice.  The 10-22mm is a bit niche to be honest, but you won't tire of bokah !  The 50mm f1.4 is nice too, but I find it a tad too long indoors and not quite long enough outside :-/
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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 03:13:39 PM »
Here is a good sharp and fast setup.

50mm 1.8 II

100mm f/2

10-22mm

Done, now go take some photos. ;D
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 03:17:07 PM »
Here is a good sharp and fast setup.

50mm 1.8 II

100mm f/2

10-22mm 4.5-5.6

Done, now go take some photos. ;D

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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 04:33:24 PM »
Well, I just completed my first year of college. I had to put down my photo stuff for about 3 months to concentrate on school. BUT, I'm ready to start shooting again. :D

So, as a "good-job-on-not-dying-after-your-first-year-in-college" present, my family is letting get any lens. As long as it's around $1000-1200.

This is the criteria:
1. Great IQ
2. Covers a good range (wide angle-telephoto range).
3. Works well with a crop camera *Canon T1i*

I've been eying the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens but I don't want to just get one lens.
And I don't plan on upgrading to full frame in the future.
(I do plan on upgrading to a 7d in the near future though).

This is the combo that has caught my eye though.
- Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 with a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Macro

I'd to hear some other options I should consider from anyone :D

A couple of things to consider -- the Tamron 17-50 non-VC is quite a bit cheaper used (e.g. fredmiranda forums).

Get at least one fast prime. I'd recommend the 50mm f/1.4, though you could get the f/1.8 if you were on a really tight budget.

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 04:33:24 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012, 04:41:12 PM »
Here is a good sharp and fast setup.

50mm 1.8 II

100mm f/2

10-22mm

Done, now go take some photos. ;D

I like that option, interesting combo. But why is this a good combo? Please explain to a novice photographer haha.

Perhaps a Sigma 17-50, sharper than the 17-70 and less distortion on the wide end. Then add a Canon Refurb 70-200 f/4L. That would be about 1200.00 combined. You'd have 27-320 FL covered. Then you could save for a 10-22 EF-S.
I would get a canon 70-200 f/4 L but I'm worried about the f/4 being to slow

Well, I just completed my first year of college. I had to put down my photo stuff for about 3 months to concentrate on school. BUT, I'm ready to start shooting again. :D

So, as a "good-job-on-not-dying-after-your-first-year-in-college" present, my family is letting get any lens. As long as it's around $1000-1200.

This is the criteria:
1. Great IQ
2. Covers a good range (wide angle-telephoto range).
3. Works well with a crop camera *Canon T1i*

I've been eying the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens but I don't want to just get one lens.
And I don't plan on upgrading to full frame in the future.
(I do plan on upgrading to a 7d in the near future though).

This is the combo that has caught my eye though.
- Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 with a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Macro

I'd to hear some other options I should consider from anyone :D

A couple of things to consider -- the Tamron 17-50 non-VC is quite a bit cheaper used (e.g. fredmiranda forums).

Get at least one fast prime. I'd recommend the 50mm f/1.4, though you could get the f/1.8 if you were on a really tight budget.

The tamron non-vc was the lens I was considering hsshs
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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2012, 05:22:59 PM »
But why is this a good combo? Please explain to a novice photographer haha.

Because you've got some different focal lengths covered this way:
  • Wide (10-22mm)
  • Medium range (50mm)
  • closer range (100mm)

And they're all reasonably fast, so you should have some glass to use no matter what situation you're in. Unless, of course, you're planning on going to Yellowstone and shooting grizzlies from 500 yard away, but those lenses are a little out of your $1k budget. :-)
In landscape photography, when you shoot is more important than where.

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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2012, 06:07:29 PM »
Because you've got some different focal lengths covered this way:
  • Wide (10-22mm)
  • Medium range (50mm)
  • closer range (100mm)

And they're all reasonably fast, so you should have some glass to use no matter what situation you're in. Unless, of course, you're planning on going to Yellowstone and shooting grizzlies from 500 yard away, but those lenses are a little out of your $1k budget. :-)

Oh, that does sounds like a good combo. I'll test out the 100mm and the 10-22mm,
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2012, 07:32:56 PM »
I would get a canon 70-200 f/4 L but I'm worried about the f/4 being to slow

To some extent, there's a speed/price/zoom range tradeoff. What do you use the longer lenses for ? And what are your reasons for wanting faster lenses ? I ask because this would help us provide recommendations that suited your use cases.

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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2012, 07:36:29 PM »
For approximately your budget you could get 3 versatile lenses: (1) a Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM as your 'fast' prime and video lens, (2) a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-63 with stabilization as your walk-around lens, plus (3) a Canon 85mm f/1.8 as your 'portrait' lens. All for about $1200 or thereabouts (maybe even cheaper)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12140-USA/Canon_2515A003_50mm_f_1_4_USM_Autofocus.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/609113-REG/Sigma_880_101_18_250mm_f_3_5.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12182-USA/Canon_2519A003_85mm_f_1_8_USM_Autofocus.html

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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2012, 07:37:54 PM »
since i love fast primes I say get 50mm f1.4 and 135mm f2 (then if you ever go full frame get yourself an 85)
both those together should come in under 1200

for landscapes etc keep using your 18-55 for now since stopped down to f8 or so its still sharp
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2012, 09:05:06 PM »
...
This is the criteria:
1. Great IQ
2. Covers a good range (wide angle-telephoto range).
3. Works well with a crop camera *Canon T1i*
...
I've been eying the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens but I don't want to just get one lens.
And I don't plan on upgrading to full frame in the future.
(I do plan on upgrading to a 7d in the near future though).
...

Focus on quality instead of quantity.   Based on your criteria, pick up a 17-55.   Sell your existing lens and with your left over $1200, save it for a 10-22.   Consider buying both lens used, maybe then you can squeeze in 2 lens.  Or do get the 24-105 but only if you can get (or plan to get) the 10-22.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2012, 09:28:37 PM by RC »

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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2012, 09:30:44 PM »

Focus on quality instead of quantity.   Based on your criteria, pick up a 17-55.   Sell your existing lens and with your left over $1200, save it for a 10-22.   Consider buying both lens used, maybe then you can squeeze in 2 lens.
I totally agree. I shot my 40D for four years and over 90% of all images were shot with the 17-55 and my other lens are and were 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135L, 70-200/4/IS.

I now have the 5D3/24-105 and prefer the image quality from my 17-55 - clearly the sensors are way different but the images from the 17-55 are super nice.

Get the 17-55 and you will be a happy camper.

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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2012, 09:30:44 PM »