T3i Lens recommendations?

Discussion in 'Camera Lenses and Filters' started by SaraFox, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. SaraFox

    SaraFox New Member

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    Hi,
    I'm very into day to day photography. Such as shooting pictures with family, my dog, and up close pictures of food with the background blurred.
    Can anyone recommend a good lens for the t3i based on the things I want to shoot? I won't be doing anything professional. I'm just tired of my digital camera and not being able to get good crisp shots. SAMs Club is currently selling the t3i as a bundle with two lens- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II and
    EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens. Are both of the necessary? is one better than the other for what I want to shoot? Or should I just get the body, and buy the lens entirely separate? Thanks for your help and recs.
     
  2. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Super Moderator

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    They're both basic kit lenses. The 18-55mm is a crap lens in my opinion. I recommend buying just the T3i body and picking up a nice lens such as the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. I'd also look into the Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6.
     
  3. spirit

    spirit <b>Photo Contest Winner x 6</b>

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    I can't speak for Canon, but the Nikon 18-55 is actually a pretty good lens considering it's worth about £80 and comes with their D-SLRs. I've also got the Nikon 55-300, which could also be considered a 'kit lens'. Again, it's a decent lens considering it is less than £200.

    You can see some shots I've taken with the Nikon 18-55 here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/sets/72157633416782698/ (scroll down for my latest photos).

    And you can see some I've done with the 55-300 here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/sets/72157633401330395/ (again, scroll down for latest photos).

    This particular 55-300 lens is even fast enough to do decent airshow and wildlife photography, see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/sets/72157634543240811/ and here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/sets/72157636545725504/

    When I went to the Waddington Airshow, the guy standing right next to me was using the Canon 55-250 and I think he was getting decent shots.

    Now I can't speak directly for Canon, since I own a Nikon setup, but from what I've seen you can get decent photos with both of those lenses (just look on Flickr) and I think they're both good lenses to get started with, especially considering they are very cheap.
     
  4. spirit

    spirit <b>Photo Contest Winner x 6</b>

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    Lol thanks but I'm just an amateur. :p
     

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