Help me spend my birthday money

December 30th, 2018
Soooo..I have a canon EOS 550D and I have two lenses..my normal one and my 75-300mm lens....I would like something new...but what should I get? Do I want a lens extender? Do I want a fish eye? do I want a macro...help me out people please!

Thank you, love Boo xxx
December 30th, 2018
you could get a converter and half a dozen old manual lenses to play with such as helios, ! https://www.diyphotography.net/9-lenses-special-bokeh/
December 30th, 2018
Or you could get a second hand infra red converted camera from Ebay ...
December 30th, 2018
I had the same conundrum a few years ago and ended up getting a converter and a couple of old manual lenses - an on Zenitar wide angle quickly became my favourite. Luckily I still had change left over and could get some wine as well. Oh, and happy Birthday!
December 31st, 2018
Whilst I've had lots of fun with adapting old glass (and it's really great if you have a thing for swirly bokeh), the most 'bang for the bucks' I've had out of a lens is my 100mm macro lens. It opened up a whole new world to me and I've used it for all sorts of things.

Depending on your budget, you can dip your toe into macro with extension tubes on an existing lens. Similarly you could get yourself an IR filter if you'd like to try a bit of infrared before getting a converted camera . Have you got an off-camera flash? That opens up another interesting area of photography. Same for a stable tripod and a remote trigger.

Lastly, my 'definitely a toy but loads of fun' lens is the Lensbaby Trio 28, with three different lenses. Like a fish eye, it's a bit niche, but gets interesting results and is really lightweight.

Probably the best thing to do is have a look at the sort of shots you like and see what equipment you'd need to replicate it.
December 31st, 2018
lensbaby! I use ths one and love it! COMPOSER PRO II WITH SWEET 35 OPTIC
https://lensbaby.com/product/composer-pro-ii-with-sweet-35-optic/
A search on Amazon or ebay will find it way cheaper.
January 2nd, 2019
@kali66 @fbailey @graemestevens @humphreyhippo @blueberry1222 thank you all for your input....now to spend the next two years reading reviews...mwah ha ha
January 2nd, 2019
How about a camera that can fit in a pocket for when you don't want the hassle of carrying the larger one around/or it's not convenient to carry the larger one.
January 2nd, 2019
@johnsutton I got one for my birthday!
January 4th, 2019
Canon 10-18 STM lens, ultra-wide angle lens is great for landscape, urban photography and not that expensive

You can also order macro rings, they are very cheap and will be nice intro into macro photography (you put rings between camera and lens) and will allow you to focus near subject
January 4th, 2019
@sergiothor have my little camera for macro...yet to see if it does as good a job as my last beloved toy that died...lol
January 7th, 2019
Curious....did you decide on anything?
January 7th, 2019
@blueberry1222 so many things to chose from...haven't made a decision yet...always takes me ages to decide when I know I am getting it for myself...lol I promise to show you all when the decision has been made (you may have to wait a year...lol)
January 10th, 2019
Is there something you enjoy that you would enjoy more with an upgrade?

I fought my 70-300 for quite a while before buying a 300mmF4, then found that too heavy and shaky to used often, and upgraded to a (nikon) 300F4 (PF) that was 2lbs with image stabilization and use it 1000x more. now I hike with it and never pack a tripod for it.



on the other hand it seems like you like landscapes, so getting something around a 17-35 with a filter might open up more options for you.

I have a fisheye, and while I have taken some really good shots, it is the least used lens I don't intend to sell. your mileage may vary.


I am happy to discuss more as someone who recently went through buying, and now is thinning my lens inventory, but I kind of feel like recommending a lens is like recommending underwear, you really have to know someone's preference to make an informed decision.
January 10th, 2019
@teriyakih hahahaha about the underwear...I agree! I am going to look at your recommendations and see what I think shall get back to you
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