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Lens Upgrade Recommendation for T3i from Kit/55-250

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  • Aug 14th, 2012 11:35 am
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May 29, 2012
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Sigma 30mm f/1.4

I wouldn't bother with the Tamron 17-50 unless you ABSOLUTELY need the zoom range. You're missing a lens for low-light situations so I'd work on that first. The f/1.4 can be very handy and fun. It's a very sharp lens.

Then sell the 55-250 and replace it with a 70-200mm f/4L. It's a step up.

There, now you can have two higher-up lenses instead of blowing all your spare change on one.
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If you can get over the plastic cheap feel of the tamron 17-50 f2.8 (non vc), I believe this is the best choice for the price. yes its pretty much the same focal length of the canon kit lens, its much faster, has very good optics, doesn't cost a arm and a leg, and gets him into some faster glass.... The primes are a good choice but not nearly as versatile. plus, since this will overlap the kit lens, you can easily put the kit lens on ebay and sell it for $100 to go towards this lens since you won't be needing it.

I think your best choice for a UWA (ultra wide angle) would be the tokina 11-16mm f2.8.. very very nice build, fast (not necessarly needed for wide angle but nice to have in low light situations).

My choice for a telephoto zoom would be the 70-200 f4l. since people sell these things used around $500 its a steal! not very fast, but for the price, very very nice optics.

regardless of what you got, go out, take some pics, and enjoy!
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Dec 5, 2010
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thx everyone!~ i'll have to digest all these choices since they all sound very reasonable...

i'll take a look at ultra wide and the 70-200 f4l tho... haven't thought about that..
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I love my Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 OS (was 700$ on sale here in Canada; came with 10 years warranty) - pretty much as good as much more expensive Canon 17-55, and better built and has faster and quieter AF than the cheaper Tamron. (Also, OS can be very useful, like in this series of inside Parliament shots I did recently: ... 009339326/ ). I wouldn't consider Tamron VC - as expensive as the Sigma, but optically inferior.