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    Photography gear advice...

    One for the photography pros :).

    Must say that I have only recently started trying my hand at photography. Nothing too serious, just to have some fun and take a few decent photos in the process.

    A few weeks ago I bought my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 200D complete with 18-55mm Kit lens.

    I then wanted to take some nice portraits with killer Bokeh, so I bought the 50mm F/1.8 prime lens (called the nifty fifty I believe).

    It's really fun and I learned a lot with the 50mm, shooting in Full Manual/Av/Tv and having to move around, taking photos from different perspectives and distances without the luxury of zoom :).

    I now want to upgrade to better wide & zoom lenses. My favorite way to pass the time during our travels is taking photos. The 18-55 is not very wide at 18mm, limting me in landscape & indoor photos and the 55mm limit is not very good at say taking photos at Concerts, Zoos or wildlife.

    What would, to you, be the perfect addition for an amateur all round setup to my current Canon gear?

    I don't want to have to carry 10 lenses around, I'd much rather travel with one or two.

    I was thinking of adding a Tamron 10-24mm F3.5/4.5 + Canon 55-250mm F4/5.6 to my setup. This should cover 99% of my needs. Though that would still mean carrying at least 3 lenses, to cover the 10-250mm spectrum :thinking:.

    I know there are single lenses that cover the whole spectrum, say 12-250mm, but I was warned against too large a focal range and they certainly ain't cheap either.

    What do you suggest I look at next? Also do you suggest buying used? Thanks in advance

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    Budget will be the deciding factor

    The lens is, in my humble opinion, the crucial element of your gear. Tamron & Sigma do some very good lenses at reasonable prices and there's no reason why a well-cared for 2nd hand lens shouldn't give you years of happy snapping.
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    Save £££s by buying guaranteed used lenses from a reputable dealer … compare their used stocks and prices … e.g. look at Ffordes, Harrisons, London Camera Exchange, WEX and MPB offerings. Check published lens reviews before buying. Whichever lenses you're considering, Google 'XYZ lens REVIEW ' and compare several different reviewers' opinions. Remember that zooms with greatest focal length ranges usually have the slowest apertures … limiting low light performance. Try before you buy by e.g. attending camera fairs or taking your camera to a local dealer. John Lewis' camera depts are usually very helpful in allowing customers to try lenses 'in store' … and often have ex demo bargains. Consider joining a local camera club and speaking with members. One of my clubs organises extra practical meetings for members where equipment can be tried. If you are over 50 years of age and have a free morning or afternoon, consider joining a U3A photography group. You might also consider exploring close-up photography - but ignore the camera's 'macro' mode - investigate acquiring a Raynox 150 supplementary achromatic close-up lens and use it with your 18-55 kit lens at the 55mm setting and in Aperture priority https://www.photospecialist.co.uk/ra...150-macro-lens.

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    If I were in your shoes - I would invest in some photography courses - either on line or via YouTube channels etc - or you can buy day courses from various people in small groups. I know Nikon do them (I am a Nikon shooter myself). Read books on composition and technique - either eBooks or physical.

    Join your local photography society - they will have talks and you can talk to other photographers.

    Forget the gear (well almost). 18-55 is a good range - so should be good to start with. It matches 24-70mm wish on FX due to the crop factor .

    Wider than that distorts the FOV. Narrower - telephoto gives you restricted field of view but if you want to try concerts maybe try a 300mm fixed lens - will weigh a lot less than a variable lens.

    People talk abut the holy trinity:

    12-24 , 24-70, 70-200 - I would avoid! Get fixed lenses - don't forget macro too

    But TBH you end up carrying a ton of glass around and these days use up all your travel allowance on just your camera equipment! Think carefully. Less is more!

    When I had Nikon APC lenses I loved the 18-200mm VR to travel with - one size fits all and VR too. I now shoot FX and have a Tamron SP 24-135mm FX - not the crispest lens but good enough for holidays

    Not sure if Canon Fit have an equivalent to 18-200mm VR??

    Martyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    If I were in your shoes - I would invest in some photography courses - either on line or via YouTube channels etc - or you can buy day courses from various people in small groups. I know Nikon do them (I am a Nikon shooter myself). Read books on composition and technique - either eBooks or physical.

    Join your local photography society - they will have talks and you can talk to other photographers.

    Forget the gear (well almost). 18-55 is a good range - so should be good to start with. It matches 24-70mm wish on FX due to the crop factor .

    Wider than that distorts the FOV. Narrower - telephoto gives you restricted field of view but if you want to try concerts maybe try a 300mm fixed lens - will weigh a lot less than a variable lens.

    People talk abut the holy trinity:

    12-24 , 24-70, 70-200 - I would avoid! Get fixed lenses - don't forget macro too

    But TBH you end up carrying a ton of glass around and these days use up all your travel allowance on just your camera equipment! Think carefully. Less is more!

    When I had Nikon APC lenses I loved the 18-200mm VR to travel with - one size fits all and VR too. I now shoot FX and have a Tamron SP 24-135mm FX - not the crispest lens but good enough for holidays

    Not sure if Canon Fit have an equivalent to 18-200mm VR??

    Martyn
    Thanks for this. Yes, in fact I am leaning more and more towards the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f 3.5/5.6 IS-STM.

    This perhaps, would be the perfect travel lens when I wish to take only one lens with me.

    This was suggested to me on the Rolex Forum. Amazing how insightful and willing to help those chaps over there are too :).

    Many thanks once again.

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    I dont know much about Cannon lenses however it sounds like a zoom kens is for you. A fixed focal lens will likely to give that little bit extra but at the level your at just now a good zoom will help you get the images you require. I used fixed focal lenses for many years but over the last few years i bought “ the holy trinity” and a few others and now only have 1 fixed focal lens which is a 600f4- a beast of a lens. Best thing for you is to enjoy the photography and by doing so you will learn more and more. Experimentation is the key and take note of what you like and dislike. Dont rush into buying another lens until you fully explore your current lenses and see where the weaknesses are and then decide on another lens.

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