550D Potential Purchase. Help Required

Started May 31, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: 550D Potential Purchase. Help Required
In reply to DigitalSnapper, May 31, 2012

DigitalSnapper wrote:


Im completely new to photography and am thinking of getting the 550D as a camera that will hopefully see me through both the learning stages and also for some time after that.

At the moment I'm trying to read up on as much as possible about photography in general as well as camera's and lens, but obviously lots to learn!

I would be using the camera to take portraits, occaisonal indoor shots, holiday photos and maybe a few "in motion" shots like sports in the local park etc and am wondering what lens would suit best.

I wouldn't be going down the road of tripods and all the different lighting methods you can use to start with, just general hand held point and shoot while I learn.

My old panasonic camera wasn't great in low light and also wasn't great when people were not still as statues so out of the 550D I would like something that at least helped out in these scenarios...

Im currently thinking of the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens for maybe the low light and portraits coupled with the standard 18-135 lens kits.

Well, as you may guess, the advantage of dSLRs is that you can switch lenses, and therefore choose lenses that fit best a particular shooting situation.

Now, you start of with no a bad choice, the 18-135 is an all-around lens, and the 50mm f1.8 is the least expensive way to get a portrait lens.

For indoor low light, you may be better off with a wider focal length, 35mm or 28mm prime. You certainly can increase ISO with the 550D a lot more than with your panasonic, but if motion blur is an issue, you need perhaps also a fast lens.

Im not sure if the 18-55 kit would serve me better that the 18-135 though as Im guessing the image quality would be better?

Yes, IQ of the 18-55 IS is a bit better. You could combine that always with a 55-250IS tele, or if fast sports is what you are serious about, a 70-200 f4 lens with fast USM.

If I'd start out again, I'd also serious consider the 15-85mm lens. I gives some nice wide angle, is better than the 18-135. The 15-85 IS not fast, but you always could complement this with a 35mm f2 and a 50mm f1.8. for some indoor stuff.
The top of the line is of course the 17-55 f2.8 IS.

If you don't want to spend a lot you could start off with the 18-55 IS lens. It's very capable.

Any pointers or example shots taken with these lenses to show me the benefits/differences would be great.

Any links would also be appreciated, theres a lot of info out there but for a newbie it can be a bit overwhelming hence asking probably a much asked question!

I don't have much in terms of tutorials, but here is a whole bunch of links to lens test sites:
You can then learn and compare about different lenses

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