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Old 26-03-2009, 16:39   #1 (permalink)
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I have just brought my first SLR (Canon 450d) and I'm trying to set myself up with the basics.
I have been reading that accessory lenses are very helpful at delivering better pictures.
Is this true? Would you recommend purchasing 1 or more? What would you recommend?

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Old 26-03-2009, 17:12   #2 (permalink)
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Accessory lenses provide the right tools for the job. If you want to get the best optical results then in my view you need to shoot with the correct lens rather than cropping an image which will reduce the sharpness of the image and will restrict your printing options. So if you want a close up of an insect - get a macro lens, or conversely if you want to photograph sport get a telephoto.

BUT I assume your camera has a zoom covering a useful range already. Why not crack on and practice with what you have got until you know where you want to go with your hobby? Save some money until you can invest in a worthwhile lens.
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You need to get lenses that will do what you want. If you like macro, you need a macro lens. If you like sport or wildlife, you need a long telephoto lens. Only once you have established your preferences can we advise you on which lenses to consider. Do you attend sporting events? Are landscapes your main subjects?

I used my 18-70 kit lens for over a year before buying more lenses. you don't say what lens you have already, but if after a time you find you are using the wide end most, and perhaps wishing for wider still, then your next lens ought to be a wide angle one (wider than your existing lens). If however, you find you are constantly at the longest end of your kit lens and cursing that you cannot get closer still, you need a longer lens. However, you really do need to use the camera for a while to see how you are using it. No good doing this test on one or two days shooting.
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Very good advice from dabhand,wish I'd had similar when I first started;would have saved me a small fortune!
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