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    Question Recommend me a lens?

    Hello, I'm brand new here and new to photography as well. I have an entry level camera (Canon Rebel T5) and have been messing around with it for a couple years. I think it is time to move onto a better lens. I have been googling all day but I get more and more overwhelmed at all the options. The am looking for a lens that is great for photographing groups of people, portraits, animals, etc. My budget is $500.
    What lens would you professionals recommend?

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    One question I have is ... what animals are you considering photographing. Is it pets such as dogs, cats where you will be fairly close to them or is it wild animals a distance away.

    If it is pets then the lens that works for groups of people and portraits would also work for the those animals. I would recommend trying what they call the nifty fifty a 50mm f1.8. This is a prime lens (fixed focal length). You can get that for under $200. Being a prime lens it will better than the kit lens that came with the camera. If you want higher quality then I would spring for the 50mm f1.4. at about $450.

    If you want people, portraits, and wildlife then you will probably need a telephoto zoom. The one in your price range is the the 55-250 f4-5.6 which is about $400. The quality of this lens will be about the same as your kit lens. To get higher quality will cost you much more than $500.

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by asnow View Post
    One question I have is ... what animals are you considering photographing. Is it pets such as dogs, cats where you will be fairly close to them or is it wild animals a distance away.

    If it is pets then the lens that works for groups of people and portraits would also work for the those animals. I would recommend trying what they call the nifty fifty a 50mm f1.8. This is a prime lens (fixed focal length). You can get that for under $200. Being a prime lens it will better than the kit lens that came with the camera. If you want higher quality then I would spring for the 50mm f1.4. at about $450.

    If you want people, portraits, and wildlife then you will probably need a telephoto zoom. The one in your price range is the the 55-250 f4-5.6 which is about $400. The quality of this lens will be about the same as your kit lens. To get higher quality will cost you much more than $500.

    Hope this helps
    Thank you for your reply!
    I suppose mostly pet photos but I would also like a lens that will stay sharp if I am taking a photo of a person or animal that is somewhat far away.

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    If you don't want to break the bank, go with Tamron lenses. Buy them used off eBay for 1/2 the cost new. I had a couple great EF-S 2.8 lenses made by Tamron. I had a 10-28mm 2.8, great for portraits.
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    There a likely lots of choices and it's difficult to say which is "the best". For around $500 though you could actually get two lenses which you might really enjoy having - I know I do. First, I really recommend the "Nifty Fifty", the Canon 50mm F1.8 lens which asnow mentioned and you can often find for around $120 or less. The second lens, one that I have myself which is why I am recommending it, is the Sigma 70-300mm which you can find for around $289 in Canada. You can read about it here: https://www.dpreview.com/products/si...-300_4-5p6_apo

    The Sigma will get you a 300mm zoom that will let you take photos like this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eulothg/23817103960/

    And the 50mm Canon is great for portrait type shots that will let you take photos like this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eulothg/28238751962/
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    There are so many different options available in the market. All you need is to get one according to your need. As you are a beginner I will suggest you few of them.
    Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (macro lens) It is available for around $399 in the market.it has 1:1 magnification for detailed images with 35mm focal length.

    Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UM (wide angle prime lenses) it is available for around $299 in the market. it is the best budget option as it has 14mm Ultra wide-angle lens and quality for capturing sharp images.

    Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS ( all in one) it will cost you around $499, it has the 16.6x zoom with the focal length of 28.8-480mm. the lens it has is very sharp and accurate with autofocus.

    Hope that helps.

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