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1/16/2011 12:45 PM

I'm just getting into photography and looking to buy a new camera in the next couple months. I have been looking at the Canon T1i but was wondering what lenses to buy that would maximize its use for photography, as well as some filming. Most of the ones I have looked seem to come with an 18-55mm lens but I was wondering what else I should get. I am pretty uneducated on lens types and photography in general so I was hoping someone could give me a brief rundown of what to look for, especially for MTB specific photography.


1/16/2011 8:23 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2011 8:25 PM

Most mtb/action sports guys run a telephoto lens. The "faster" the lens you can buy, the better in most cases. By faster I'm referring to the aperture range - the lower the "f" number is the faster a lens is.

For your camera, and because you're on a budget, I recommend that you check out this one.


1/16/2011 10:22 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2011 10:34 PM

70-200 is the money maker lens for mtb ... f2.8 is wishlist for most - but most dont need it - the f4 works as well, if not better some times. its lighter, less expensive.
just remember on a T1i there is a crop of 1.6 on the sensor so a 70-200 is actually a 116-300 which is fine and actually gives you a bit of extra reach without getting a 300.
just remember you will also need a wide lens to mix up your shots - the 18-55 can achieve good results if used properly.


1/16/2011 10:29 PM

Thanks guys. Any other help is appreciated but this looks like a good start.


1/17/2011 9:13 AM

i posted this response in the general photo talk thread and echos what gary said:

good luck and have fun!

70-200 f4
for my entire photo career, my telephoto zoom lens has been a used a canon 70-200 f4L lens...aka the small one. i got it for $470. it was all i could afford when i started building my quiver and i've never needed or wanted to upgrade to the 2.8. why? because it's light, small, fast and does what i need it to do.
i don't really make my living off of photography anymore, but i was able to stay afloat with this lens (and others), even though it wasn't the biggest/most expensive. does that mean you shouldn't get a 2.8? not necessarily, but you don't HAVE to have the most expensive gear to get the job done. do you research, decide what kind of lens you need (wide/long/zoom) and buy what you can afford to get your photography off the ground.