I just bought the 18-200mm lens for my canon and I am really satisfied with it, I'd recommend it for you. It's perfect as an all-purposes lens and you'd love it if you travel alot. I don't see cons about it except the lack of USM, I think if it had USM it would be perfect. I wouldn't recommend a 18-55mm lens, though... I personally wasn't satisfied with it at all... Also, I used the 55-250mm but I was really disappointed with the quality and the sharpness so I wouldn't recommend that either. The 28-135mm, as far as I know, is a great lens too! I think I am going to buy it later myself. Of course if you can afford the L lenses, you should definitely get one! The quality is just amazing and your pictures will come out different and so much better than the ones taken with any EF lens. I love the 85mm f/1.8 lens, but I am not sure you're going to be happy with a Fixed Focal Length Lens because zooms lens are definitely more practical. I got a fixed focal length lens (135mm f.2.0 L) but I can tell you rarely use it - and that's why I didn't get an 85mm lens even though I love it. It would be nice to own both (prime and zoom lens) but it all depends on your budget and needs.
Ah I have the 55 - 250 mm lens and it really works wonders. I adore it I've also used my friend's macro lens and that thing is pure magic for close up shots but for the money you pay for it you may as well just get the close-up lens for much cheaper.
Well, with lens, you do get what you pay for. I think the 55-250mm is great if you have a low budget since it's one of the cheapest zoom lens and it's sure worth the money you pay for it. It's really good for it's price! But if you really compare the quality with the other lenses (not only of the lens itself but I am also talking about the photos), you'll know what I mean. I used it for a while because I was planing on buying it but I was disappointed with the quality. But sometimes you don't really need the quality So yeah it is a good lens!
I can't agree more! The 55-250mm was my first lens that I bought for my camera (aside from the 55-80mm that comes with my camera) and it does a good job. For the budget I had, the lens was the best for the price
for portrait photos on a full-frame dslr, i love the 85mm f/1.8 lens. hmm, but you do a lot of up-close/macro shots though, so i'd suggest for you maybe the 50mm f/1.4, or the 60mm macro lens though it wouldn't be a good option for any birds in trees, etc there's a fair few zoomable lens that do like 18mm-200mm, etc, though i'm not sure how they work on f/stops (i think their f/stops blur the background on different intensities as apposed to a portrait lens' f/stop - sorry, i'm a really crap explainer, lol). though i'm not sure, as i've never owned a lens like that
aah, unfortunetly it doesn't i've tried - it refuses to focus if it thinks the object is too close, so it's useless for macro work.
if you're planning for portrait work, then many reviews online say the 85mm 1.8 lens is the best (though i don't see what the difference would be for a 50mm 1.8 lens, but i've never owned that). but on a canon 500d, 85mm is pretty zoomed in as i used it before on my 450d