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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2012, 09:40:32 PM »
Get one GOOD lens rather than multiple just ok ones.  You will want a very good lens when you upgrade to a 7D, and may endup losing money to sell off the average ones.
 
Then, add more top quality lenses as money allows.
 
The 17-55mm ef-s is the best choice for a first high quality lens for someone who wants to keep with APS-C for three or more years.

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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2012, 09:40:32 PM »

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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2012, 09:57:22 PM »
The 17-55 really is the most versatile, beautiful quality lens for an APS-C body.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-17-55mm-f-2.8-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

Mt Spokane's advice to get one good lens rather than a bag of rubbish is the best comment on this thread. If you get the 17-55, you'll probably have enough change for a good pre-owned 70-200 f/4 which would be a low cost, very high IQ perfect companion for the 17-55 f/2.8.

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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2012, 10:16:28 PM »
You can pick-up a 17-55 for roughly $800 on the used market.

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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2012, 10:29:39 PM »
No one asked you what you like to take pictures of. What do you like to take pictures of?  I like a 35 prime on crop.  I use my 35 f/2 most often. It's a great cheap lens.  I can't afford a 35L and the 28 f/1.8 is overpriced for its image quality.  If you're gonna go with primes I would recommend it. If you want a lot of background blur and/or to shoot in low light you're gonna need a wide aperture, which means a prime. f/ 2.8 on a crop has never been good enough for me in low light.

The 50 f/1.8 is good and the 50 f/1.4 is a bit better. 85 f/1.8 is a great value for portrait.

I like my 10-22, but it's more of a specialty lens, so unless you really plan on taking ultra wide shots, you won't miss it. The kit lens can do pretty wide.

That's pretty much my kit.  I have  the cheap 55-250 for the occasion where i want a zoom. I rarely desire to use it, but it's decent and super cheap.

None of these lenses are rubbish. They aren't L, but certainly not rubbish.
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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2012, 01:55:41 AM »

Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS, a must have lens for crop. Tacksharp even at 2.8. I wish the 24-70 v1 L is sharp as this lens, I would buy it instantly.

Too bad, I have v2 on pre-order.
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Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2012, 05:36:24 PM »
If you want only ONE walkaround lens, either the 17-55 2.8 or the 24-105 4 would be solid choices. Depends on what you want to shoot, though.

If you want wide, the 15-85 3.5/5.6 is worth a look as well. All three lenses are within your budget (even new).

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« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2012, 05:36:24 PM »