T3i Lens recommendations?

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

  1. SaraFox

    SaraFox New Member

    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

    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>

    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>

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

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