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#1 Bster

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:34 PM

I could use some help. I'm new to photography and currently have a Canon t5 with a kit lens 18-55mm. I was thinking of buying a Canon 50mm lens.. any thoughts?
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:19 PM

There are 4 versions of that 50mm  lens out there.

From the relatively inexpensive 50mm f/1.8 II, and 50mm f/1.8 STM, both seem to be quite good!

To the much more expensive 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.2 models which are also great but cost a lot more.

 

It depends what you are looking to use the lens for, I've got the original 50mm f/1.8 and like to use it for street type shooting, the lens is known to be fairly noisy as it tries to focus..

And I also picked up a EF-s 24mm stm for the same usage, the stm versions seems to be faster and quieter at focusing since the stm stepper drive was intended to not cause as much lens focusing noise in videos.


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 02:43 AM

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#4 David Pavlich

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:16 AM

As an alternative, you might consider the 35mm f2.  As already mentioned, because of the crop factor of your camera, a 50mm lens becomes quite cramped indoors.

 

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:06 PM

I would suggest perhaps you might want to stay with the kit lens 18-55mm for some time, until you decide what type of photography you might like then start to look into lens.

Once you decide which lens you might like, I would also suggest do a rental first before you buy a lens just try to get a feel.

Last, I found out that "How to Create Stunning digital photograhy by Tony Northrup" have a lot of good information and very helpful.



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:20 AM

Why buy a focal length that you already have, expand your horizons, there are many great telephoto lenses out there. May I suggest the 18-135, or the 55-250, these are solid preformers, and will increase what you can capture. Good luck with your selection.
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 11:37 AM

Buying a fixed FL you already have in a zoom gets you access to the wider aperture like f1.8 or f/1.4 and their ability to control dof

especially useful for portraits and similar type images. 

 

IMHO: Quite useful addition considering the low pricing found on the 50mm f/1/8's.


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 02:37 PM

Just my thought, I would get the 50 f1.8 they are not expensive. This will work great for indoor events till you find out what type of photography intrests you.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 02:47 PM

Hey cuda, long time no see.
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Posted 08 March 2017 - 10:01 AM

Yeah I've been very busy, it's nice to be back.
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Posted 10 March 2017 - 10:27 AM

Why buy a focal length that you already have, expand your horizons, there are many great telephoto lenses out there. May I suggest the 18-135, or the 55-250, these are solid preformers, and will increase what you can capture. Good luck with your selection.

Yes, I agree with this - add some additional focal lengths to your setup. The latest 55-250 STM lens is great - inexpensive, lightweight, and very sharp. You might also consider the 10-18 STM lens, also a great deal.


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