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Re: Which accessories would you recommend for an enthusiastic hobbyist?

"Whether you should sell the lenses you have or not depends on if they are the STM version of the lenses or not."

 

That is just your opinion as I stated mine.  Yours isn't valid but what else is new?

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Re: Which accessories would you recommend for an enthusiastic hobbyist?


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"My 18-135 is an STM and my 50 mm is f/1.8. "

 

Sell them and the 18-55 no matter what letters it has.  Then you can put that money towards a real lens. The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens because you will eventually anyhow.  Might as well have it today. You will quickly outgrow the lenses you currently have.  But this really does depend on whether you want to stay a beginner in a beginner class or move on.  I can't make that decision for you.  But I can tell you what better lenses can do for you.  Lenses are where its at. So what will it be?


ICYMI ...  from the original post....

 

"I don't have any hoods for my lenses, filters, remote shutter, bubble spirit level, speed lites,...  Which accessories (other than lenses) would you suggest/categorize as a must-have or aspire-to-have, with no specific price point in mind?"

 

The OP clearly stated that they are not looking to purchase a lens, just accessories.

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Re: Which accessories would you recommend for an enthusiastic hobbyist?


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"Whether you should sell the lenses you have or not depends on if they are the STM version of the lenses or not."

 

That is just your opinion as I stated mine.  Yours isn't valid but what else is new?


Other than you being pompous what makes your opinion more valid?

 

The EF-S 18-135 IS STM or USM has just as good image quality as the EF-S 17-55 IS f/2.8. I have them both, but, since you obviouly don't go to the-digital-picture.com and compare them. Even with the aperture of the 17-55 IS f/2.8 stopped down to match the EF-S 18-135 IS STM or USM the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS actually is a little softer in the corners. But, the reality is BOTH lenses have superb image quality. 

 

And as I pointed out in my previous post:

The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 18-135 IS STM is just as effective, more versatile and more cost effective than the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM.

 

The for portraits the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is superior in giving shallow depth of field.

 

For general usage an f/2.8 aperture was much more important when you were pretty much limited to ISO 400 or ISO 800. With today's digital cameras where ISO 3200 is just as usable as ISO 400 from the early age of digital having an f/2.8 aperture becomes much less important. 

 

Add to that the EF-S 18-135 IS STM is f/3.5 at 18mm, f/4 at 24mm, f/4.5 at 35mm and f/5 at 50mm, the aperture differences between the two lenses are much less pronounced than some might be lead to believe. 

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Re: Which accessories would you recommend for an enthusiastic hobbyist?

"The OP clearly stated that they are not looking to purchase a lens, just accessories."

 

The OP "clearly" stated that he is a beginner wanting to become better or a hobby enthusiasts. This over rides some of his thoughts if they are not aimed in the right direction.  What he has is beginner quality lenses no matter what letters are printed on them. I am sure you agree with that?

What he has now can be sold to help pay for the lens upgrade.  The f2.8 constant aperture is worth way more than the letters STM.  Plus it is just a better lens all around.  Would you like to go back to an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens?  See my point, now?

 

A Rebel T6s and the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens makes a worthy combo that will take the OP a long way.  You know as well as I, if this sticks he will buy a better lens any way.  So why not have it now?

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Re: Which accessories would you recommend for an enthusiastic hobbyist?

 

"Other than you being pompous what makes your opinion more valid?"

 

Ah, how about, I am right?

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