CANON Camera Help!


Hi Ladies,


DH & I are getting a Canon soon. I've always loved photography, but this is all really new to both of us.  This is the camera we're thinking of getting:


The Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M170YC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER


We're a little stumped on what lens to get to go with it.. we're looking for all purpose (mostly portrait and scenery), but are overwhelmed by the bajillion choices out there!  This is what we're thinking for a lens at this point:


Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ET6QFY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A2I7HERVLL3MI9


Any advice or pointers would be SO helpful! I'm hoping once we get it, I can actually figure out how to use it. I'm really good with cameras, but it's all kind of intimidating right now.


TIA!


Posted on January 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm
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Usually, the lense you mentioned above is not all that high quality. I just think the sharpness is so sacrificed for the wide zoom range.


While I'm not going to recommend a pro lens at this point to you (as much as I think pro lenses are important to what I do, I don't think you need to rush out and spend almost twice as much on a lens as your body).  The usual kit lens that comes with this body is an 18-55.  Again, not a pro lens but a good all around lens for beginners.  Then if you want a little more zoom, I'd pick up a 70-200. They make consumer and pro lenses in that size and again, don't go into sticker shock looking at the L version (about $2k retail).


If you were wanting to upgrad to pro lenses, I would skip the Rebel and get a used 5D (not the MKII).  It's a great camera (still) and you can usually get one used around $900. The best lens hands down for that camera for multi-uses is the 24-70 2.8.

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 12:53 am
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I agree with doolittle!  I wouldn't spend money on a lens that does both wide angle and zoom.  I would get a 35mm f/2 and a zoom lens.  35mm f/2 on a crop body is like 50mm, great for portrait.  I actually use 50mm on my T2i too and I like the range as well, but I think 35mm is better for a crop body.


Then depending on if you'll use more of the telephoto or wide angle, get a 10-22 or a telephoto one.  I personally like wide angle.  I don't really shoot things that require telephoto.  I mostly shoot people, landscape and architecture.


Hope that helps!

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 8:40 am
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Thanks, ladies!  Very helpful! 

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

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