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About to make my 550D purchase, what lenses should I get?

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Shortly I will purchase a 550D. I am stuck on what lenses. I am purchasing this 550D with:
iLion BG-E8 Battery Grip
Screen Protector
Canon Lens Hood
SanDisk Extreme HD 16GB's 30MB/S SDHC card

I am now wondering what lenses to purchase. My budget for lenses are ~$500
I will be using the lenses for:
  • Shooting macro's of wildlife etc.
  • Shooting films and videos of builds
  • Taking photo's of builds

Here are the lenses:
Should I get those lenses? Any opinions?
   
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When I saw the title I thought I could give a more detailed advice, but the truth is I'm not quite into macro-shooting. Even for builds apparently macro-lenses can be quite well adapted as you need a good amount of detail of very fine parts. I'm not gonna give a specific advice, but after reading this blog post I'd be inclined to go for the second option. This is also a good resource.
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I'm not just doing macro shooting. Anything you can recommend (any tips?)
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The best advice I'm capable of is for you to check out the podcast in this link (Twit Photo): http://twit.tv/show/8996/latest

The hosts are very photo-savvy and they invite famous photographs that like to capture have this or that, pretty much everything from buggers to Playboy models. You should find some useful tips in most episodes. For close macro-style shots I would go for a lens with as much focal as it gets (70mm and up) and as small depth as it gets (say below 3). The stock EFS 18-55 lens is pretty versatile too for casual shooting; on my camera I end up using this lens most of the time as they're pretty good, not too heavy and I don't like to change lenses a lot.
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i would just start with a 18-55 and a 50 1.8

then as you know what you want/like you can upgrade from there
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On the assumption that there is no kit lens included (18-55mm), I would suggest to not get the 50mm since you will be getting the 60mm, and get a nice zoom lens.
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I agree with Jedi, while the 50 f/1.8 is a great lens, if you're definitely getting the 60 for macro, it kind of seems like a waste.

Perhaps a Tamron 17-50 (though I'm unsure of what you're paying for the 60mm so that might put you over budget).. I loved my Sigma, and while that would eat your budget entirely it wasn't great for macro (but damn, did it do just about everything else -- except work on full frame).
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The Canon 60/2.8 is a devilishly sharp lens, even when used at non-macro distances. It's a bit long, but makes for a halfway decent short portrait lens.

If you're seriously considering the 60, I would forgo the 50/1.8 for now, though there are advantages to having a non-macro prime (focus speed and wider aperture).
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In addition to what others have said, I'd also like to point out that lens hoods are lens-specific. Canon (and third party manufacturers) make lens hoods adapted for the use of a specific lens, and that hoods are not tailored for the body. Mismatching hoods could lead to inadequate flare protection or the hood physically obscuring your FoV.
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In addition to what others have said, I'd also like to point out that lens hoods are lens-specific. Canon (and third party manufacturers) make lens hoods adapted for the use of a specific lens, and that hoods are not tailored for the body. Mismatching hoods could lead to inadequate flare protection or the hood physically obscuring your FoV.
I know. I matched it with the one in the list on the website.
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On the assumption that there is no kit lens included (18-55mm), I would suggest to not get the 50mm since you will be getting the 60mm, and get a nice zoom lens.
Read the OP! It says the price in the link. The 50mm is only ~$80 anyway!
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I agree with Jedi, while the 50 f/1.8 is a great lens, if you're definitely getting the 60 for macro, it kind of seems like a waste.
It's ~$80 anyway! Also, it's good to use when taking video's. Did I mention that I'd occasionally be shooting in low light conditions?
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Perhaps a Tamron 17-50 (though I'm unsure of what you're paying for the 60mm so that might put you over budget).. I loved my Sigma, and while that would eat your budget entirely it wasn't great for macro (but damn, did it do just about everything else -- except work on full frame).
What are the strengths of the Tamron 17-50?
   
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FrozenQ Liquid Fusion V Series 250 ml Reservoir... 3xScythe 120mm SlipStream 1900rpm Fan Windows 9 - Home edition Catleap Q270 LED Primary S-IPS display 
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Steelseries Sensei AG Holomat Interdyn Hi-Fi speakers Rotel R8-960BX Amplifier 
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Lexicon Lambda USB Audio Interface with Phantom... CF Wrap :p 3x PrimoChill Anti-Microbial tube coil 
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Intel Xeon E7-8870 [10 Cores OC'd @ 3.4GHz] Asus Z9PE-D8 WS 4x MSI 680 Lightning 4GB [4-way SLI] Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (8x4GB) 
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OCZ Z-Drive R4 CloudServ (3.2TB) Blu-Ray USB Replicator Blu-Ray drive EK HF Supreme Waterblock 
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EK FC680 DCUII Waterblock [x3] EK Rampage IV Extreme Waterblock 3xXSPC RX480 [1x480 for CPU] [2x480 for GPU] 1xXSPC RX240 [For motherboard waterblock] 
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2xFrozenQ liquid fusion 400mm [1 for each loop] 6x Laing D5 [4x for CPU+GPU waterblock] [2x for... Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Linux Ubuntu 
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SteelSeries Sensei XTracPads Ripper XXL 2xMartin Logan CLX Art Electrostatic Speakers [... Krell Evolution One Amplifier 
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Crucial M4 aM4azing SSD [64GB] Kingston HyperX HypersoniX SSD [120GB] Kingston SSDNow V100+ 6Gb/s SSD [60GB] Seagate 7200RPM HDD [1TB] 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Samsung DVD Drive Noctua NH-D14 AeroCool Shark case fan Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Yamakasi Catleap Q270 LED 27" IPS Display Samsung SyncMaster 2033 23" secondary utility d... Das Model S Ultimate Silent Corsair AX-850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF X Steelseries Sensei [RAW] Rubberised AG Holomat Interdyn P1.5 Hi-Fi speakers 
AudioAudioAudio
Rotel R8-9608X amplifier Lexicon Lambda Audio Interface Grado SR125i 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600k Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z EVGA GTX 880 G.Skill RipjawsX 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 4x4GB [16GB] 
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Crucial M4 aM4azing SSD [64GB] Kingston HyperX HypersoniX SSD [120GB] Kingston V200+ SSD [64GB] Seagate SpinPoint 7200.12 [1TB, 2x500GB partiti... 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Super Writemaster DVD Drive Arqtik 180SDD TEC Arqtik Single TEC Controller AquaComputer AquagraFX GTX880 Waterblock 
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XSPC RS360 Koolance PMP-450 Bitspower G/14 compression fittings - Matte bla... PrimoChill PrimoFlex Tubing (7/16x5/8) 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
FrozenQ Liquid Fusion V Series 250 ml Reservoir... 3xScythe 120mm SlipStream 1900rpm Fan Windows 9 - Home edition Catleap Q270 LED Primary S-IPS display 
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Samsung SyncMaster 2033 secondary utility display Das Model S Ultimate Silent Corsair AX-850 Coolermaster HAF-X 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Sensei AG Holomat Interdyn Hi-Fi speakers Rotel R8-960BX Amplifier 
AudioOtherOther
Lexicon Lambda USB Audio Interface with Phantom... CF Wrap :p 3x PrimoChill Anti-Microbial tube coil 
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Intel Xeon E7-8870 [10 Cores OC'd @ 3.4GHz] Asus Z9PE-D8 WS 4x MSI 680 Lightning 4GB [4-way SLI] Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (8x4GB) 
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OCZ Z-Drive R4 CloudServ (3.2TB) Blu-Ray USB Replicator Blu-Ray drive EK HF Supreme Waterblock 
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EK FC680 DCUII Waterblock [x3] EK Rampage IV Extreme Waterblock 3xXSPC RX480 [1x480 for CPU] [2x480 for GPU] 1xXSPC RX240 [For motherboard waterblock] 
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2xFrozenQ liquid fusion 400mm [1 for each loop] 6x Laing D5 [4x for CPU+GPU waterblock] [2x for... Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Linux Ubuntu 
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