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Kit Lens (18-55mm) vs Prime Lens (50mm 1.4 USM) for Canon 450D
I am a beginner, pretty much decided to get the Canon 450D (though other suggestions welcome). However, I have not decide on what lens to get for the camera. I have heard pretty good review for the new 18-55mm kit lens but I also read that beginner may best start with a prime lens. I have not developed a specific interest yet, but I would say that I like to begin with street photography and portraits..

I have considered the following for each lens:.

Kit Lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens)- Image Stabilization (pro)- Flexibility of zoom (pro?, particularly for street photography with 18mm)- May not be a long term lens given it's optics (con)- 450D & Lens Kit Price = $900 US (pro).

Prime Lens (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens)- Great optics (at least according to reviews, pro)- Probably a long term equipment (pro)- Quiet & fast auto focus (pro)- no Image Stabilization- 450D + Lens = 800 + 350 = $1150 US (con).

I have a budget for either one but not both. Or more precisely, it does not make much sense to get both at once, I think. Any opinions and suggestions on what I should get?.

Thanks,.

KL..

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Ka2008 wrote:.

I am a beginner, pretty much decided to get the Canon 450D (thoughother suggestions welcome). However, I have not decide on what lensto get for the camera. I have heard pretty good review for the new18-55mm kit lens but I also read that beginner may best start with aprime lens. I have not developed a specific interest yet, but I wouldsay that I like to begin with street photography and portraits..

I have considered the following for each lens:.

Kit Lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens)- Image Stabilization (pro)- Flexibility of zoom (pro?, particularly for street photography with18mm)- May not be a long term lens given it's optics (con)- 450D & Lens Kit Price = $900 US (pro).

Prime Lens (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens)- Great optics (at least according to reviews, pro)- Probably a long term equipment (pro)- Quiet & fast auto focus (pro)- no Image Stabilization- 450D + Lens = 800 + 350 = $1150 US (con).

I have a budget for either one but not both. Or more precisely, itdoes not make much sense to get both at once, I think. Any opinionsand suggestions on what I should get?.

Thanks,.

KL.

Hi: Go with the 18-55 lens. The 50mm prime would be too limited for your only lens.best.....

Comment #1

Go with the kit lens first. It'll give you wide angle at the short focal length and a resonable portrait performer at the longer focal length. You'll be far to limited with a prime lens only!..

Comment #2

1. If you go with a single prime lens, a 30mm or 35mm lens (which approximates a normal view) would make more sense than a 50mm lens..

2. If you want the 50mm lens for low-light portraits, you could get the kit lens and the 50mm f/1.8 lens. The f/1.8 lens is a lot faster than the kit lens, and is a lot less expensive than the f/1.4 lens...

Comment #3

The kit lens is a much wiser choice as your only lens..

But also, you cannot lose with the new kit lens. It is so much in demand from people who have the old 18-55 lens (which is not nearly as good), or who have bought one of the bodies which isn't offered with the new lens, that you will easily get your money back and probably make a profit if you decide to sell it later. If you only keep it for a few weeks while you decide what to do next you can't go wrong...

Comment #4

Tom_N wrote:.

2. If you want the 50mm lens for low-light portraits, you could getthe kit lens and the 50mm f/1.8 lens. The f/1.8 lens is a lot fasterthan the kit lens, and is a lot less expensive than the f/1.4 lens..

I'll second that. The 1.8 can be had for less than $100. I have both (for Nikon) and use the kit lens at least 5x as often...

Comment #5

RE> I also read that beginner may best start with a prime lens.<.

Whoever wrote that is either lacking in brains or talking about film cameras a decade ago..

And a 50mm lens is even dumber on the vast majority of digital single lens reflex cameras. It's a telephoto lens, and that's just plain dumb as your only lens..

BAK..

Comment #6

1. If you go with a single prime lens, a 30mm or 35mm lens (whichapproximates a normal view) would make more sense than a 50mm lens..

2. If you want the 50mm lens for low-light portraits, you could getthe kit lens and the 50mm f/1.8 lens. The f/1.8 lens is a lot fasterthan the kit lens, and is a lot less expensive than the f/1.4 lens..

I agree. This is a good recommendation..

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