Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS
  • REVIEWS
  • INSPIRATION
  • COMMUNITY
  • COMPETITIONS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


PRIZES GALORE! Enter The ePHOTOzine Exclusive Christmas Prize Draw; Over £10,000 Worth of Prizes! Plus A Gift For Everybody On Christmas Day!

What three Lens should Amateurs have in there bag ?


19 Jan 2012 7:10PM
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 .

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

colin beeley e2
12 1.1k 10 England
19 Jan 2012 7:30PM
canon ef-s 10/22 for landscapes, canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS for macro & head shots , job done ! Wink
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
19 Jan 2012 7:34PM
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 7:56PM
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 11 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2012 3:26AM
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 7:45AM
Thank you for the Replys doing some research now
Overread 6 3.9k 18 England
20 Jan 2012 8:23AM
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 e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2012 8:37AM
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.
bangalicious 7 1.3k 5 England
20 Jan 2012 9:33AM
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.
MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
20 Jan 2012 10:35AM
Consider the Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro for headshots too. A star performer at both.
MalcolmS e2
9 1.1k 13 England
20 Jan 2012 1:00PM
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)
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2012 1:09PM
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.
MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
20 Jan 2012 1:39PM

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 1:41PM
Wow alot of Lens to choose from ..hahaTongueTongue thank you again for the Replys Wink
armyroach 2 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 6:34PM
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?

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.