I have Canon Rebel XT with 18-55 kit lens

Discussion in 'Photography Board' started by DipsyDoodles, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. DipsyDoodles

    DipsyDoodles Mouseketeer

    Jun 4, 2009
    I would like to get another lens for my canon. What would the next step up canon or non-canon lens be for me? I really just use my camera for taking pictures of my kids and such. Something that could zoom in a bit more than the one I have would be nice. Any suggestions??
  2. Gianna'sPapa

    Gianna'sPapa DIS Veteran

    Aug 16, 2008
    For our Canon friends, just a couple of questions. Do you have a budget for this lens? Are you looking for a variable aperture or constant aperture? Are you looking for an all-in-one? Just a few that I would ask. I'm sure if you provide a little more information, the Canon shooters should be able to give you some good direction.
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  4. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk Bring Back MARIE!

    Aug 23, 2008
    Have you considered updating your camera body? This of course depends on your budget

    Canon Rebels have come a long way since the XT. The newer models have a much larger range of usable ISO.The XT only went to 1600. The newer models have a very usable 3200, even 6400. And the new models come with a kit lens with Image stabilization now. And I believe the kit lenses currently in use get a much better review than the older ones.

    Just something to think about. There are certainly lots of lens options available. It just depends on your budget and what your priorities are.
  5. Bella213

    Bella213 Earning My Ears

    Apr 19, 2011
    I recently purchased the Tamron 18-270 pzd lens for my Canon. It's incredible!
  6. Frantasmic

    Frantasmic *crickets* 2.0

    Sep 5, 2005
    Canon's 55-250 IS lens should be near the top of your list. Nice lens, good price, etc
  7. bob100

    bob100 DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2008
    the 55-250IS is a good inexpensive choice (less than $200)
  8. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

    Feb 8, 2010
    Assuming you prefer to stay with Canon branded lenses, the standard trilogy for starting out lenses for Canon seems to be the EF-S 18 -55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS; which is the lens I believe you have. Then the EF-S 55 - 250 mm f/4.0 - 5.6 IS; and the EF 50mm f/1.8.

    What sorts of things do you shoot? Depending on your subjects and your style of photography, there may be other lenses (and bodies) more appropriate.
  9. photo_chick

    photo_chick Knows a little about a lot of things, a lot about

    Mar 1, 2007
    There are a lot of options and it really depends on how much you want to spend and how you like to shoot.
  10. KCmike

    KCmike Never have fallen asleep on any

    Jul 4, 2007
    Definitely the 55-250 IS lens. It's nick named the nifty two fifty because the price is usually around $250. It's a great second lens especially when needing the extra zoom. Takes great shots as well. Stay away from the 75-300 lens as it doesn't perform as well (it's also cheaper) so don't be tempted.
  11. PoohJen

    PoohJen <font color=green>Willing to share a Mickey Bar?<b

    Jun 25, 2004
    As the owner of the Canon XT and the Canon 40D, I don't think you need to upgrade your camera. I still shoot with my XT - it takes wonderful pictures and is much lighter than the 40D. (I frankly have yet to feel the 40D takes better pictures than my XT. Maybe I got a bum camera).

    Definitely a zoom lens is in order - especially as your kids get older and into sports. I have a Sigma 70-300 that does a decent job; not expensive. Of course, I've long salivated over a nice Canon L glass zoom...but I'm not shooting enough right now to justify a several thousand dollar lense for myself.:rolleyes1:thumbsup2

    Have fun!!!

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