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I am buying a Canon 550d SLR within a few days ahead (my first SLR, until now I used a Nikon point and shoot). I have heard that it is better to go for a specialised lens than for a kit lens provided with the body. I would hence like to get suggestions from you, as to which lens to go for?
I am interested in capturing portraits, street photography, close-ups and few landscapes also. If you feel this is a wide range to be handled by a single lens, please do let me know about different lenses as well.
I welcome all your suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
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24-105L if you have the money, Tamron 17-50 (http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod250.html - £45 cheaper at amazon) if not
I will second the 24mm 105mml if you can afford it, I have it and love it. - gary
A good all rounder, That will not break the bank....
This one lens on a crop sensored Canon 550D, Will perform all the tasks you have in mind.
Not sure on Sigma availability or pricing in India though, You would have to research that locally.....
Add to my comment.....
Don't take to much notice of Sigma critics....
In the right hands, This is what the 17-70 is capable of producing.......
All lens can be pretty good, Thats not true of all photographers though......
If you cant stretch to the 24-105, which I can also say is a cracker of a lens, then the sigma is a great little optic too and will deliver good results. If you want to do some portaiture then the Canon EF 50mm F1.4 (or if you are really on a budget the 50mm F1.8) are fantastic. The 85mm F1.8 is also good if you prefer longer reach.
For portrits , street photography and close ups the primes will leave any of the zooms for dead in pure quality terms but obviously not as flexible for landscape work. Another to consider is the kit EF-S 15-85mm which is a very good lens and has been designed to work with the hig res of the EOS 550D.
Perhaps a Canon 50mm F1.4 and EFS 15-85 (or Sigma 17-70) is a great little combo covering all your needs for less than the price of a 24-105.
Have to second the 24-105 - had one since April 09 and would NEVER part with it. I was once told, at F/4 it's sweet, at F/8 it'll cut you in half it's that sharp! How true that is.
When I'm out and about the only lens I have on the front of my 40D is the 24-105 (Oh I lie! When I'm walking the hills in search of that occasional wildlife shot I have the 300mm f4), but I have the 24-105 in its pouch at my belt!
I have found that these are the only two lenses I need!
I was told that to get the best out of the sensor on the 550 you should use L glass - just a bit of advice I was given by my local camera shop - not a well known High Street name but privately owned and not commission led sales either.
Quote: I was told that to get the best out of the sensor on the 550 you should use L glass - just a bit of advice I was given by my local camera shop - not a well known High Street name but privately owned and not commission led sales either.
I think this applies to any camera body, not just the 550. My philosophy has always been to get the best lens you can afford, it is the most important part of your equipment after all, and the "L" series are the best, no doubt about that.
Naveen - I would second the 24-105 mm L by Canon (I think its about 58K INR) saw it in action last weekend and its a great lens, alternatively the Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3Di II VC LD is a good alternative as well for a general all purpose lens.
I have the Tamron 18-270 and yes it's a fantastic all rounder - I used it on holiday in Kos two weeks ago, excellent travel lens - agree with Cheddar caveman about L glass though - pity Canon don't do an L series "travel lens" the 28-300 L is a bit of a beast.
Thank you all for your valuable comments.
I have bought the Canon 17-70mm OS lens which is very sharp in its quality. I am looking forward for yet another sharp lens like the 24-105 as many have suggested here.
Not quite sure why you would want to supplement a 17-70mm with a 24-105mm as a first step. I suggest that, for a second lens, you look for one that significantly extends, rather than largely duplicating the range of your existing lens. A 70-200mm or 70-300mm perhaps.
Quite true Eric.. A telelens or a macro lens should be my next targets.. Once again appreciate for your comments. Thank you!!
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