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Old 17-11-2010, 12:11   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a second lens for my newly purchased Canon EOS T2i. What I would like to know is the "L" class lens to much lens for the T2i? Would I be wasting my money to put on a lens that coast almost twice as much as the camera? Also,is it possible to capture a truly professional looking photograph with anything less than an "L" class lens? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 17-11-2010, 12:45   #2 (permalink)
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The lens is the most important part of the package. A top of the range camera will not give good results with a cheap lens, where an average camera with a good lens will rock.

Having said that, you can get decent results without spending a fortune. I've seen plenty of excellent shots taken with kit lenses. Better build quality and weatherproofing are a couple of factors that also come with pro spec lenses, but it is the glass that counts.

Get the best quality lenses you can afford. Sooner or later you wll change your camera body, but great lenses will stay with you for a long time.
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Old 17-11-2010, 19:52   #3 (permalink)
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I am using 70 - 200 4L lens with my Canon 400 D body and it remains there since one year.. And let me assure you once you use a "L" lens ,you won't ask for anything less than that.. Adage is " better wait and built the budget for the best lens ,rather than settle for 2nd best".. Next on my list are 17 -40 4L lens and 24 - 70 F/2.8 Lens or 24 -105 4L IS lens ( either of one..)
Rest what ever Graham has said , I am totally agree with him word by word..
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I have to agree that the lens is the most important part of the package, one thing to bear in mind is that once you've bought an expensive lens it will almost certainly out live any camera you have. I have two L series lenses and intend to keep them for along time, well as long as the mounts stay the same and they are mechanically sound. I very rarely long for new camera bodies, as my camera does what I want it to, however its my lenses that sometimes let me down and often long for something different.

Having said that you can get some truly remarkable results from much cheaper lens, however you need to do your research and shop about. There are a handful of very good lens review sites out there, won't post them here as they might break forum rules. Also the review section on Pixalo has some great reviews on lenses and what better opinion is there than from someone who has bought and uses that particular lens. One of my first lenses was a 160 lens from Sigma and loved it, took some cracking shots with it!!

You also have to decide what you want lenses for, for example if portraits is your bag then you have to look at what's available and suitable, you could potentially use any lens for any purpose but you might struggle with a 300mm in a studio for example. Ask lots of questions and do lots of research as there's nothing worse than having an expensive lens sat in a bag getting no use!
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Thank you all for the advice. I think I will save my money until I can afford an "L" class lens. I read somewhere, I can't even remember where now, this photographer said something like, "that's to much lens for that camera", and that's what got me to question putting such an expensive lens on the T2i. I thought the camera might limit what lens qualities I would be paying extra for. Thanks Again
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it may well be too much lens for a certain camera but who says you will have the same camera for any length of time!? as has been said a good lens will outlive any camera
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