Recommendations for Nice, Cheap Canon Lenses?

Rae Talks

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Hey everybody,

Unfortunately my 50mm 1.8 lens for my T3i recently broke :(. Before I save up to buy another one, does anyone have any recommendations on others I should look into? (I typically just do sit-down type vlogs btw)

Also, although the quality for this lens was really good, it was really hard to focus to be honest...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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For that cost you won't get anything better than the 50mm. Unless you find a cheap second hand one somewhere. Just get another one unless you are willing to spend a few hundred more for something better
 
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You should absolutely consider replacing that lens. For the sort of work you're doing and for it the price, it's unrivalled. Having that 1.8 aperture on a 50mm prime is ideal for Youtube vlogging.

The T3i has an APS-C sensor (cropped) so you can get away with buying Canon's EF-S lenses as opposed to their EF range. See what's around; there's a few. And because they're only for crop cameras they are quite a bit cheaper. Note that if you ever upgrade to a full frame camera, your EF-S lenses are rendered useless.

Good luck,
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For that cost you won't get anything better than the 50mm. Unless you find a cheap second hand one somewhere. Just get another one unless you are willing to spend a few hundred more for something better
Do you recommend buying a used lens or is it always better to buy new?

Ok, I had never heard of ef-s lenses so I'll definitely look into them James!
 

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Do you recommend buying a used lens or is it always better to buy new?

Ok, I had never heard of ef-s lenses so I'll definitely look into them James!
I recommend buying the cheapest option. I've known people who have bought lenses for less than £1 and are still using them today
 
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Ok, I had never heard of ef-s lenses so I'll definitely look into them James!
You probably own one; I expect you had one come standard with the camera.

On 'cheap lenses'. Be aware that in the professional world; money is in a lens, not in the body. There is far more cash injected into buying lenses than a camera body for a film shoot. For this application, obviously, we're not working with £50,000. Just note that a lot of picture quality comes from a lens, not the body it's attached to.

Good luck!
James.
 

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You can get a grey market lens (new but meant for a market other than the us) cheap on ebay. I picked up a 600 dollar lens for about 300 doing this. Was for a nikon but it's similar to all the manufacturers.