07-13-2015 12:39 AM
07-13-2015 10:30 AM
Except for a very limited number of filters, never put any adapters on the front of your lenses. None!
The secret to good telephotos is good light. They go hand in hand. Hence, you need a fast lens. This is going to be in the f2.8 or faster range. No kit lens can do this and is a big reason most folks have trouble getting good sports photos. Bad news, fast = expensive.
Although you could use a fisheye to do interiors, I wouldn't. The EF-S 10-22mm would be my choice as a basic starting point.
Consider getting a tripod, too.
Alos if you truly want good photos, you must post process of some kind.
07-13-2015 12:06 PM
There are many good places. My choice is B&H. But I also use Adorama, Best Buy and I have a local, real, camera store, Overland Photo Supply.
My reason for B&H is, they have everything. But my local camera store has a more friendly hands on service and help. Plus is is convienent and close by. There are other photographers there to talk shop with. It is a little more expensive but the service is what I am paying for.
Remember with every camera, no matter how much it cost, has a limit. I mean even the best camera in the world has a point where it won't do the job. Your new T5 will see its limit, also, even though it is a pretty nice camera. I can't stress post processing as a major componet in great photos. 99.99% of all the great professional photos you see are PPed. They know the value. I recommend this as your first next task. Get a post editor and start learning it.
For a lens try out the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM for your interior shots. Click me
Now for the sports, football game, you need two things. You need fast and you need reach. This means a fast telephoto. And a zoom tele is the best choice. I suspect you have a budget? This type lens can be very expensive to extremely expensive.
Also remember you are benefitting from a tele crop factor of 1.6x on your Rebel. This means a 200mm lens is going to give the same results as a 320mm lens.
The best there is, period, is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. Click me
There are some other choices that are not as expensive as this one. Plus both Tamron and Sigma offer nearly the same quality for about half the cost. I have all three and I can easily recommend any of them as worthy.
You may think this is too expensive and I agree it is but your son and/or daughter is only this age once. You get one shoot at theses memorable times. They fly by quickly and are there are no do overs. You have left the world of iphone! You can get real pictures.
Another option is renting a lens. I don't but some do and they are happy with it.
07-13-2015 01:59 PM - edited 07-13-2015 02:03 PM
07-13-2015 03:16 PM
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens is about $600.
But Canon recently introduced an EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens which is about $270 (less than half the price of the 10-22). The 10-18 lens doesn't collect quite as much light as the 10-22, but if you're shooting realty, the rooms are (hopefully) not moving. If you are shooting rooms where light isn't adequate to hand-hold the camera, use a tripod -- at which point you can keep the shutter open as long as you need (so lens speed isn't an issue.)
07-13-2015 08:23 PM
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your help. Just trying to get things together before football season. I about fell over when I saw the pricing on good lenses!!!! I'm a fast learner though and am excited about getting into this area. Tired of point and shoot cameras with no adjustments. How does someone go on renting lenses? Has any of you done that? What about this lens???? I am not against buying used and more than likely will have to. It's on Ebay and item #331464284983
07-13-2015 09:54 PM
07-14-2015 08:16 AM
The lens you asked about on ebay, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens, has the reach but it is way too slow.
Of course I am relying on what I think your lighting situation is. A normal high school football field? You really need a lens that has a f number of f2.8 or less.
Also the quality of that lens is marginal. It would be better than no lens, though.
But if it is the one that fits your budget, you need to learn how to make it work for you. A poor lens is better than no lens! Again, this brings up the subject of a post editor. PP (post processing) can make bad photos better. And, can make good photos great ones!
Keep in mind you only get one chance at this. It is a fleeting moment.
07-14-2015 10:54 AM
OK. Thanks. I can't spend as much as what these high speed lenses are being listed at. I guess I will have to rent what I think I need and try it and keep an eye on something used. Thanks again