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What three Lens should Amateurs have in there bag ?

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19 Jan 2012 - 7:10 PM

Hi all having gotten my Canon 550D, I what to start to build my lens up. But need advice on what lens I'd need. As I have a interest in Macro, Lanscapes and Head shots.. Could help me in the right direction ?

Kind Regards

Dave .

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111072 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 7:30 PM

canon ef-s 10/22 for landscapes, canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS for macro & head shots , job done ! Wink

StrayCat e2 Member 1014945 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 7:34 PM

I have the600D, and I have a 50mm f1.8 for indoor shots, a 70-200mm f4.0L for wildlife and general walkabout, and I'll be getting a 25mm extension tube for using the 70-200 for butterflies, dragonflies, etc. That leaves me needing a wide-angle, and I'm still researching that. Btw, I couldn't be happier with the 70-200mm f4, it's relatively light, and a good size. I use it with a tripod, always, and I have the Canon tripod collar.

19 Jan 2012 - 7:56 PM

Thank you for the reply .. I was thinking along the lines of a 50mm and a telephoto lens with aRaynox Raynox 250 Macro Attachment for macro Stuff

mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2012 - 3:26 AM

Well, I would suggest the Sigma 10-20 for landscapes, and the Canon 70-200 F4 (IS version if you can afford it).

Add some extension rings, and the 70-200 should make a good lens for butterflys and dragonflys - or if you really want a macro lens, then concider a Tamon 90mm or Sigma 105mm (or even the Sigma 150mm)

20 Jan 2012 - 7:45 AM

Thank you for the Replys doing some research now

Overread  63806 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2012 - 8:23 AM

A lot of this depends on how much money you've got to invest and how "quick" you want the various components. With no idea of budget its tricky as there are cheap and very expensive options that would fit your list.

Saying that a 70-200mm would suit for landscapes, portraits and closeup work (esp if combined with extension tubes). I'd aim for an f2.8 for the added aperture range, but f4 versions are still very sharp and high quality and much smaller and lighter.

If you go the 50mm approach get extension tubes (a set of Kenko are about your best for cost vs features and quality) rather than the Raynox DCR 250. The Raynox is very good, but works best (ie gives the most magnification) on longer lenses, on a 50mm you'll get more magnification with the tubes (which work the other way around, giving more magnification when used on shorter focal length lenses)

mikehit  56734 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2012 - 8:37 AM

What camera/lenses have you used so far. Has this led to any preferences or ideas on what is important to you?

If money is no object, thenI would say Sigma 10-22, Canon 24-105 for portrait and 100mm f2.8L IS macro.
A smaller budget would be Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for landscapes, Tamron 90mm for macro (and portrait), Canon 50mm f1.8 for portrait.

Plus a tripod, a good head, cable release, polarising filter; and maybe extension tubes for macro work.

By the way, check out the Tamron 18-270 365-day thread. There are some excellent examples of what that lens is capable of. I think you do worse than buy that and then work out which focla lengths you want to specialise ini.

20 Jan 2012 - 9:33 AM

Nikkor Lenses.... Grin

50mm 1.8 (regardless of branding) is a great lens for the price. Also consider the Sigmas 10-20mm for Landscapes, tried and tested lens with excellent results.

20 Jan 2012 - 10:35 AM

Consider the Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro for headshots too. A star performer at both.

Last Modified By MeanGreeny at 20 Jan 2012 - 10:35 AM
MalcolmS e2 Member 91082 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2012 - 1:00 PM

If you don't want to fork out for 'L' glass

Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM or ultra wide angle landscapes
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM for landscapes, head shots, walkabout lens, macro (not true macro)
Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM, landscapes, head shots, nature (not really long enough for serious nature)

20 Jan 2012 - 1:09 PM

Get a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX Macro for head shots and close ups. It'll manage the odd landscape as well. It's sharp, it's contrasty, it's well-built.

20 Jan 2012 - 1:39 PM

Quote: Get a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX Macro for head shots and close ups. It'll manage the odd landscape as well. It's sharp, it's contrasty, it's well-built.

...............but not a macro - reasonably close-ups only

20 Jan 2012 - 1:41 PM

Wow alot of Lens to choose from ..hahaTongueTongue thank you again for the Replys Wink

armyroach  2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 - 6:34 PM

I have a Pentax K-x and it came with the standard 18-55 lens. I also purchased the Sigma 70-300mm 1:4.-5.6, how can I get the best from it's macro capability in conjunction with the camera, what settings etc?

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