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    Default Lenses for Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR Camera

    First post so please be gentle. My OH recently bought a Canon EOS 550D complete with 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit. I know ABSOLUTELY nothing about this camera but really want to get a new lens for him for his birthday. I know he has bought one other lens (for close ups) and has looked at a few others. He like to photograph scenery (seascapes) and people mainly if that helps but there seems to be so many I dont know where to start! I have around 150 to spend but could maybe stretch to 180 at a push. Any ideas would be very welcome? Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by bombayduck View Post
    First post so please be gentle. My OH recently bought a Canon EOS 550D complete with 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit. I know ABSOLUTELY nothing about this camera but really want to get a new lens for him for his birthday. I know he has bought one other lens (for close ups) and has looked at a few others. He like to photograph scenery (seascapes) and people mainly if that helps but there seems to be so many I dont know where to start! I have around 150 to spend but could maybe stretch to 180 at a push. Any ideas would be very welcome? Thanks in advance
    I hate to say this but your budget limits you in what lenses are available. However, as you say he likes to photograph people, may I suggest a prime lens which most photographers have, and that is the Canon EF50mm, f1.8 which has a retail value of 130. This lens is much faster than his kit lens and is popular for low light pics. Hope this helps, all the best.
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    Does he have a camera bag?

    I use a LowePro mini trekker rucksack but there are plenty other types of bag and brands to choose from. Something likehttp://products.lowepro.com/product/...00,2261,14.htmperhaps?

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    Thanks guys, he does have a camera bag daft_biker, oddly its a LowePro mini trekker rucksack! That was my first thought but he beat me to it. The EF50mm, f1.8 lens sounds like just the ticket thanks canismajor. Thanks again!

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    Hi there.
    I also have the 550D and bought this lens: http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...ed=0CG0Q8wIwAQ
    It's not a terrible lens and is good for macro.

    :0)

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    Hi
    If you are looking at the sigma 70-300 look at the apo version...graham

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    On review, the lens I have is this one: http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...ed=0CGIQ8wIwAg

    Has Macro and cost 170. Still a good lens though, definately need to use a tripod though :0)

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