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This weekend i am going to be taking some photos at a party i have the stock lens that comes with the canon rebel t1i, i am looking for a lens with more zoom so i dont have to be in peoples faces when snapping a photo.

Also to add a flash at the top instead of using the stock flash. Any suggestions?
 
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post #2 of 69
Really depends on your budget. If you're looking for a general purpose lens with alot of reach, you can usually get your hands on a Canon 28-135mm very cheaply used (~$170-$230 on avg). (Note, if that's too much to spend, you're not going to find much else that would be useful).

As far as a flash, you do have a few more options. Yongnuo makes some decent 3rd party flashes and are usually quite inexpensive, but you do get what you pay for (I got the 430 ex copy for $35 bucks. Works OK when it turns on..)

But without more information, we can't really provide all that much feedback. Things to know:

-Budget
-Size of room
-goal (what you actually want to achieve).
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lens 200 - 600 bucks price range.
room size very large, party hall large
Goal good photos!
 
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post #4 of 69
See if you can rent a 430EX II or a 580EX II. More for the 580II. You do not need a super fast zoom if you are going to shoot with a flash so you can get by with the following lenses:

Canon 28-135mm
Sigma 18-200mm
Canon 17-85mm

They are all cheap when getting them used but just get on LensRentals.com and rent out a lens and a flash. They should get to your place by the weekend.

edit:
I want to add that any lens can take good photos as long as the lighting is there. If you've never used a flash before then you will be surprised when you bounce the light off the celling or use a diffusor.
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Nobody suggesting the EF-S 55-250 yet? Odd.
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yea i seen the bounce trick before. Just want to also start a lens collection. ill check both what you told me and look into sub50bhz suggestion.

Also from that rental place, can you end up buying if you want to keep them?
Edited by sotorious - 5/3/11 at 11:55am
 
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if your shooting parties, you probably want a faster lens. sigma/tamron 70-200/2.8 (maybe out of your budget and doesnt have IS) or sigma 50-150/2.8 OS (about 650usd).

rentals are like a car rental, you just rent. you can buy them if the company decides to get new EQ.
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when you say fast lens what do you mean?
 
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when you say fast lens what do you mean?
Larger max aperture. A 30mm f/1.4 is a faster lens than the 28mm f/1.8, for example.
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fast lens = larger aperture like 2.8 for zooms or down to like 1.4 - 1.8 for primes (in some cases 1.2).. they allow more light into the lens which in turn gives u a faster shutter speed
 
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