With my shooting needs, existing gear, and budget, what would be my next best lens purchase/s?

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Arch Raison
Arch Raison Junior Member • Posts: 34
With my shooting needs, existing gear, and budget, what would be my next best lens purchase/s?

Hi everyone!

Would love to hear your opinions to help me with my next lens purchase/s.

I recently got a Canon 60D (upgrade from my old 350D, which is still in use) and now considering purchasing a couple of lenses (a Wide-Walkaround Zoom, a Telephoto Zoom, and, possibly, a Macro/Prime) that suits my shooting style, my shooting interests, and of course - my budget. Currently, I own two lenses (EF 50mm f/1.8 II and EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III USM) in my arsenal. After thoroughly browsing the reviews of various Canon lenses, I have narrowed down my options to the following (including the canvassed prices in my country converted to US$):

For Wide-Walkaround Zoom:

  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (Street Price: ~US$710)
  • EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (Street Price: ~US$780)
  • EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (Street Price: ~US$1020)

For Telephoto Zoom:

  • EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (Street Price: ~US$300)
  • EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM (Street Price: ~US$740)
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (Street Price: ~US$630)

For Macro/Prime:

  • EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (Street Price: ~US$400)
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM (Street Price: ~US$880)

I usually shoot street scenes, candid portraits, macros (still objects only based on my current gear but willing to try insects), landscapes and architectural landmarks, house construction progress (because of my profession), interior spaces after renovation/construction, aerial photography (in-plane), cloudscapes/cityscapes, and lunar photography (using my old 75-300).  I don't use a tripod and all of these shooting styles were mostly, if not all, handheld.  Even though I travel occassionally, weight and portability is not much of a concern for me.  I also do a lot of post-processing in most of my photos to adjust anything in my photos that I find necessary to adjust.

From what I have read in most of the reviews around the web, I think my choices above are the "most highly recommended" and, more importantly, "most appropriate" for my shooting needs and budget.

My question is, ff you have, say, US$2000 (plus-minus) for your next lens purchase/s and based on my shooting interests and current gear, how will you apportion this budget to get the most out of the shortlist of lenses above?

Some of my initial thoughts were:

Option A: 10-22 + 15-85 + 55-250 + 60 Macro = US$2190 (Pay extra US$190 to get all 4 lens type?)

Option B: 17-55 + 70-300 + 60 Macro = US$2050 (Sacrifice the ultra-wide 10-22 for a 17-55 f/2.8?)

Option C: 15-85 + 55+250 + 100 Macro = US$1960 (save the US$40 for other accessories)

Option D: 17-55 + 100 Macro = US$1900 (only 2 lenses but higher quality, use old 75-300 as telephoto?, save US$100 for other accessories)

Option E: 10-22 + 55-250 + 100 Macro = US$1890 (Use the 55-250 as my walkaround and use my old 75-300 as telephoto?, save US$110 for other accessories)

Let me know if there are lenses in my shortlist that I should avoid.  I hope with your experience in using the lenses I am eyeing would help me decide which one is a better purchase.  Any other options (aside from the Option A to Option E) are highly welcomed.

Thanks for all your advice in advance!


 Arch Raison's gear list:Arch Raison's gear list
Canon EOS 60D Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5–5.6 IS STM +4 more
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Canon EOS 350D (EOS Digital Rebel XT / EOS Kiss Digital N) Canon EOS 60D
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