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Hey Guys,
Just got into photography lately after i borrowed my Uncles 5D Mark II along with his 24-70 f/2.8L USM lens to play with for my film project. I think i discovered a new passion of mine in photography.

As a student.. i cant afford any think similar to his system, but i do intend to buy a 600D Along with a 18-135mm f/3.6-5.2 Kit Lens. I will have around $400 Left after buying the 600D+Kit Lens. I plan on borrowing my uncles wide array of L Lens such as his 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and 135mm Prime. However, i will still need some of own lens when i need to go away for vacation.

I am planning on buying a 50mm f/1.8(Cheap+Fast Aperture), along with it, im planning on buying a 100m Lens. However, looking at the Canon page, there is two 100mm lens, one of them being the EF 100mm f/2 USM While the other being the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. Now what is the difference between the two? Does anyone know? Thanks! Also more lens suggestions are welcome
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However, looking at the Canon page, there is two 100mm lens, one of them being the EF 100mm f/2 USM While the other being the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. Now what is the difference between the two? Does anyone know? Thanks! Also more lens suggestions are welcome
A macro lens allows for 1:1 magnification or "life size" as some people call it... The "life size" moniker comes from when a 4x6 print is printed, the resulting image would be exactly the same as in real life. Typically a macro lens allows you to get very close to the subject and focus at very short focal lengths, and take incredibly detailed close up pictures. I wouldn't recommend it for casual use. It's more of a specialty lens. Typically macro lenses have trouble focusing to infinity, and this will get you into trouble when trying to take regular photos.

It is definitely a great addition to a kit, but you wont see much use out of it unless you are big into macro photography.

Example of macro photography:


This image was taken at 5:1 magnification I believe, which requires an even more expensive and even more specialized macro lens such as the Canon MP-E 65 mm f/2.8.

As for lens suggestions, since your uncle has a vast array of excellent lenses already, I would focus on utility lenses so that you have a good range of focal lengths when you travel. The Kit lens already goes to 135mm, so why get a 100mm? If you get the 50mm f/1.8, you'll have a fast lens there at 50mm. (I would actually suggest getting the f/1.4, it is about 3 times as much but it is worth it, the image quality is much better and it focuses in low light a lot faster). I would suggest instead of getting a 100mm, get a 70-300mm. The f/5.6-6.4 version without IS goes for around $150-200 and is a great lens to use in highly lit situations. There's a version with IS for around $450.

Since your uncle has so many lenses, focus on balancing out your focal lengths and use his lenses when you can, but rely on your focal length balance and lens utility when you cant.
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Right, so the 100mm f/2.8 is better for my usage? Thanks! I really dont want to use the kit lens.. its terrible . Cant afford L lens.. so i have to buy prime lens to compensate in image quality.
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I believe that the 2.8 is better quality than the 2.0 100mm.

But it's also much more expensive.
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^^non L version, more affordable for me

*And ive tried both, L vs non L, the difference isnt big enough for me, and i cant afford L lens anyways..
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Right, so the 100mm f/2.8 is better for my usage? Thanks! I really dont want to use the kit lens.. its terrible . Cant afford L lens.. so i have to buy prime lens to compensate in image quality.
I understand, but when I go traveling a lot of times I leave the primes at home. When you go traveling you look for utility over image quality. Taking a bunch of lenses often is annoying or not an option. I try to take 3 lenses wherever I go... the 17-40mm f/4L, a 50mm f/1.4, and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Before I had L glass I took the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and the 70-300mm f/5.6-6.4
    
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^^ oh yea ofcourse, i'll be bringing the 18-135 with me, just that i love the 50mm for the price and just looking for something else in the 100mm
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100mm is a focal length I rarely use... but it is a good lens for the price and I am sure you will find a good use for it. I would say save up as much as you can and upgrade your kit lens. The 17-55mm f/2.8 IS can be had for about $850 and it is the best multipurpose lens I have ever used on a crop body. I miss it terribly, because I cannot use it on a full frame camera (went from 50D to 5DmkII).

If you skip the 100mm and save up now, you're already almost halfway there!
    
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^^ Aight, Thanks! I know, but my kit lens is for free as my uncle has no use for his old kit lens that he couldnt sell, so gave it to me instead
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