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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:00 pm 
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I'm a newbie but looking for some advice from you experts on lenses :|

I've got a Canon 500D with EF-S 18-55 IS Kit. I'm thinking of swapping out my lens for a combination of two:


Usage: Point and shoot amateur photography of landscapes, cityscapes, and people spotting whilst backpacking.
Budget max £200 total

Do you think these are good choices?
Should I be considering any alternatives?
I was looking at the official Canon 50-200 which is good value at £140 also but then leaves me short on close-up ranges below 50 if I sell my 18-55 so I'm quite keen on the idea of the 18-200.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:20 pm 
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Not sure what "people spotting" means in this context.

The Tamron long zoom may not satisfy, particularly on the longer end of the zoom. It's what you pay for the convenience. Canon's 50-200 isn't considered great either. The 55-250 would be a better choice there, and would be a good combination keeping the 18-55. 55-250 seems to be around £165 new, no idea used.

If your budget is hard then getting that and the 50mm may not fit, so you have to either decide what is most useful to you, or save up for the extra over time.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:17 am 
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Your kit lens is actually quite good; notably better than the Tamron, which is a model that is showing its age, having been succeeded by two generations of Tamron technology. (Tamron actually does make quite good glass; I am not bashing them.) The Tamron's serious distortion at each end of the zoom range is very noticeable. Moreover, compared to the Canon 18-55mm and 28-135mm kit lenses I have used, the Tamron is very "hungry" for light when auto-focusing. The latest 18-55mm lens, with IS, is quite nice; I would advise against parting with it without serious consideration.

The 50mm 1.8 is a very good lens for the price paid.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:56 pm 
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nifty 50, canon 50mm F1.8 to me is a must buy lens, cheap, good in low light, ideal to just leave on a camera, true subject size

keep the 18-55 lens, again i have one and find it ideal when taking close up shots and dont want to step backwards to fit everything in

i got a canon 70-300 lens with my first camera, and for everyday use its good quality and can be got very cheap 2nd hand of ebay in either IS or non IS mode

the camera and the lens are not the important thing, its the person taking the photo with the correct composition that makes all the different
do a short basic course at your local college its about 10 weeks and £40, and your learn more than any new lens will ever do for you


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:00 pm 
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artherdaily wrote:
the camera and the lens are not the important thing, its the person taking the photo with the correct composition that makes all the different


With my first cameraphone, no amount of effort on my part could capture the photos I can get with my current camera.

The camera and lens are important as they still need to be fit for purpose though yes, the photographer can make the difference with knowledge of how to compose his/her shot.

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