Beginner My beginners set up - thoughts?

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Returning to the forum after I think around 8 years, great to see it is still going strong.

So my Wife has decided she wants to get into Photography and I have just picked her up a second hand Canon 60D

It comes with a Backpack, flash YN560 Speedlite, Shutter realase remote control.

Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 Large Aperture Auto Focus Prime Fixed Lens for Canon EOS EF UK.

What would a good walk around lens be for her? A canon 18-55mm?

Is there anything else that would be beneficial to get her up and running?

thanks
 
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I think I'd skip the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and instead go for a f2.8. Years ago when I had Canon DSLR's I had a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and I thought it was the best zoom I'd ever used, and too sharp for portraits. It was very cheap too. Sigma do a similar 18-50mm f2.8 and of course Canon do one too but the Canon is bigger and more expensive.
 
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It all depends on the budget and what your wife is looking to shoot, ie landscape, portraiture or an all rounder lens. I agree with woof woof that a f2.8 would be a better choice if going for a mid zoom lens like 18-55 but only spend the extra if you are . The 24-105 may be a good all rounder lens for a beginner.
What is your wife's skill level and what is she excited to start photographing?
 
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Thanks for the speedy reply folks.

J.Stock I think it will be mainly landscape and action shots of the dogs to get her going, along with an all rounder until she finds her feet/interests.

I will go have a read up on the f2.8s as suggested. Appreciate your input.
 
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For landscapes you will want a lens that can shoot wide angle. As a beginner the 18-55mm will be fine for learning, without spending loads.

For action shots of the dog you will want a fast shutter speed and that's where the f2.8 comes in. I would probably want to shoot longer than 55mm though but fine for learning. Don't forget the 50mm lens you have is a f1.8 so great for freezing that action.
 
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