Okay photography buffs, I need your input!
I had just taken this photo, from the Riverwalk in San Antonio,
My Canon EFS 18-55 lens took the brunt of the fall - along with my ego :)
It doesn't look too bad but it can't zoom or focus anymore.
This is the lens that actually came with my first Canon Digital Rebel camera TEN years ago and has taken many of my favorite pictures over the years.
The kit lens is great for an amateur photographer like me who wants to get great candids of my family, and capture nature and decent food photos for the blog. After a decade of owning decent cameras, I'm still learning the ins-and-outs of shooting off auto, but I do love to take pictures.
Since we are three weeks away from crossing something HUGE off our family bucket list - something we have been saving for and planning for and dreaming of for almost FIVE YEARS - a trip to Hawaii! - I need to replace my lens.
The only other lens I have in my arsenal is a good one - the Tamron AF 28-300mm. Mark gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago and I use it to capture the kids' sports. It's amazing at zooming into the action.
I am constantly trying to improve my very basic photography skills, and one of my resources is the blog Kevin & Amanda. For close ups and food photography, Kevin and Amanda recommend the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II ($110), but it doesn't zoom so that would be a bit of a lifestyle change for me after ten years with a zooming lens.
Do any of you have this lens and if so, do you like it? Do you have any other lenses that you would recommend for portraits and close ups?
Then there are external flashes to consider. I have never used one myself and hear they make quite a difference. The one recommended by Kevin & Amanda is $569….ouch….but on the flipside is this one for $39, and I fear I will get what I pay for. Do you use an external flash and is this something that is important to invest in?
How about a tripod or monopod? I have a table top tripod but am thinking it's time to invest in a full height one for family photos that I am actually in. :) Thoughts?
For my amateur, intermediate level photography, I love it! It's lightweight and has more than enough features to boggle my mind. I highly recommend it if you're in the market for a user friendly non-professional DSLR camera.
Thank you for any recommendations you may have as far as lenses, flashes and necessity of a tripod!!
I hope that if you're in the market for these items, this post will be useful to you too!