Help me buy Canon lenses without breaking the bank.
I finally decided to take plunge and buy the Canon T3i with a couple of lenses. I responded to the question asked before very recently here
, but after reading the responses there, I am not sure myself, so asking this again in a different way. Also, some of the recommended lens are beyond my current budget.
What I need from the lenses:
1. A "everyday" lens - portraits if family inside and outside the house, but not just static in-the-face "passport" photos. I would like to take photos when people are doing something interesting, so there should not be any blur. I will have an extra Flash unit, but would prefer to minimize its use. I may want to use the video capabilities of the T3i to record some videos, but not looking to shoot movies...
2. A travel lens - portraits, landscapes and buildings. Nothing too fancy, just touristy pics. If the lens works inside dark buildings without blur or grainy noise, that would be awesome, but I understand such lenses cost a lot. I would settle for using the Flash in such cases
3. A wildlife lens - No, I am not aiming to sell pictures to National Geographic, but I go on occasional wildlife trips, especially outside the US (no, not African safaris). Again, no great expectations, but good low-light performance is a plus. Think early morning in Summer
Now for the questions:
1. Amazon sells the T3i+the 18-55 kit lens for 799, but individually they sell for ~740. Of course, the lens is sold by a 3rd party, but the seller seems reliable and Amazon is backing it up. Are there any hidden things I am missing by going the separate pieces route?
2. Given the 3 requirements above, what couple of lenses would work? I cannot afford the L-series lenses, but I am confused between Canon's other lenses. The post I referenced above mentions the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, but that has a $500+ price tag.
I am searching on Craigslist in Portland (working there temporarily), Chicago (friends) and Denver for used lenses, but not much luck (I may not be searching well, though).
Suggestions please people?