So I just got my Canon 7D and am looking into buying an affordable lens for now, that doesn't cost me more than $270. I've been looking through a couple of lenses but no one seems to be having the same opinions in any of the lenses. This are the ones I'm looking more into: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Wyoming Canon EF-S 18-55mm If you can talk to me about these lenses and help me decide which one to get, it will be greatly appreciated. I'm more into portrait photography and also want to record some long boarding sessions if that helps in anything.
----------- I bought this camera to slowly upgrade it because I've seen what it can do and fell in love with it. I'm saving money to buy much better lenses along the way, but right now I only have slightly less than $300 and am looking for a lens that can get me through while I save some more money. I know that whatever I buy now wont even compare with what I could get if I had couple more hundreds, I just want something that looks good with what I have right now until then.
The 18-55mm is the kit lens for the entry level Canons: the 1000D and 550D. The image quality, AF speed, and and build quality is fine... for the price. Unfortunately the tele end of the zoom is limiting for long boarding shots and the max aperture and image quality wide open is limiting for good portraits. The Sigma 18-200mm will get you close to the reach you need but this is is a true budget lens. There's nothing to like except the price. Unless you foresee more funds in the near future, I'd strongly consider downgrading the 7D in exchange for better glass. The 7D only offers a nicer feature set than the cheaper models - more frames per second, weather sealing, more buttons, etc. The sensor isn't any better. And without the right lenses, those great features will never shine. --- added: I just visited the B&H website to get some price info. What you have... $1600 Canon 7D, body only $270 remaining budget for lens $1870 total A better setup.... $800 Canon 550D + 18-55mm kit lens $95 Canon 50mm f/1.8 for portraits $529 Canon 70-300mm for long boarding $1424 total Use the remaining cash to add a flash for your portrait photography, or upgrade the 18-55mm lens to a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, or upgrade the 550D to a 50D or 60D, or add a good tripod, ... the possibilities are endless. Blowing your entire budget on just the one component doesn't make much sense - you need to build a system. --- Also added... In that case you could get a used 18-55mm as a walk around lens ($170 retail), a used 75-300mm for long boarding ($76: ), and if budget allows, a used 50mm f/1.8 for portraits ($95 retail). Upgrade all of those as budget permits.
The Canon will give better quality. The Sigma covers a huge range which often sacrifices quality. I'll be honest though, neither of those lenses are good quality. You want to look for something with a fixed aperture, not a variable and unfortunately this is a case of you get what you pay for, the more expensive lenses are better and sticking with your camera branded lenses will always give better quality.
For portrait photography i would look at the nifty fifty the Canon 50mm 1.8 they only go for about 100 the sigma 18-200 looks like a good walk around lens more than for portraits depending on the lighting conditions
Hahahahhaha fail you dont deserve to touch a 7D
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