Advice needed on DSLR and lens

#1 Aug 31st, 2016, 22:34
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Hi, I'm new to the forum and hope to find some sound advice regarding a DSLR and lenses that I'm planning to buy. This will be my first DSLR and so far, I have only taken pics on the Canon SX50, which is a high-end compact. My (amateur) photography is mostly restricted to landscapes and wildlife. My specific intention to buy a DSLR right now is to try to capture the Milky Way in Feb when I'll be camping in Ladakh for a fortnight. My budget is not too high. I have decided to go for the following camera and lenses:
The Canon EOS 1200D, along with the 18-55mm and 55-250mm IS II (kit), and also the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, and the Canon EF50MM F/1.8 STM.
As I understand, the 18-55 is an all-purpose lens and the 55-250 is a telephoto lens. I plan to buy the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM specifically for the Milky Way shots (and of course other similar low-light wide-angle shots in future). And I have chosen the EF50MM F/1.8 STM as a 'fast' lens.
I'd be grateful if anyone could tell me if my decision is correct since I have no idea about lenses and this is based solely on my internet research. Thanks in advance.
#2 Aug 31st, 2016, 23:46
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There's nothing like a correct or incorrect decision when it comes to buying camera. You should go to a store and handhold a few cams, see if the menu is intuitive etc. Lastly, start with only one lens - then add or replace as needed. You will have trouble adjusting to the controls, weight and changing lenses in the field (dust gets in), so at the risk of converting a dslr to a high end point and shoot, consider either the tamron 18-270 or sigma 18-200 or its canon equiv (if there is one). Drop other lenses for the time being. Play and learn this for say, 2 years and then sell this lens and get the most shot focal length lenses( I.e. You'll know by then what you need to buy).

A second radical approach - much better for landscape is to buy a 11-18 tokina and a 50 mm for portraits. Forget wildlife for sometime.

Again, there's no perfect answer to your query- except if you consider a Nikon, that is
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Thanks for the suggestions Vaibhav. The only problem is, the Tamron 18-270 or the Sigma 18-200 or similar won't allow me to take the Milky Way shots! And as I said, it's the immediate reason for my buying a DSLR. Otherwise, I'm quite happy taking pix on my SX50.
I don't think there's an 11-18 Tokina (there's 11-16 and 12-24). Anyway, there's a similar Canon 10-18 too which has been launched recently. The problem is, these are way beyond my budget and "forgetting" about wildlife is not an option for me. It's my USP and this is also why I had gone for the SX50 with its mega zoom as well.
Actually, I had framed the question wrong. My intention was to ask if any of the lenses is looking redundant considering my needs and the 'package'. I am slightly doubtful about the 24mm, but if I don't buy it, I get stuck only with the 50mm as a fast lens. One of my friends suggested buying a macro filter for the 50mm, which seems like a good idea. So, the only option seems to be, whether to buy the 24mm or not.
I am slightly partial to Canon coz all my digicams have been Canon so far. I checked out Nikon, too, but I can't see too many viable options compared with what I have already chosen. If you think Nikon can offer a better 'package' at my budget (<50k) I'm all ears, rather, eyes!
#4 Sep 3rd, 2016, 21:36
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I'm thinking that the EF-S 24mm f2.8 on a crop camera might not be wide enough for the Milky Way?
I use the EF 16-35mm f2.8 on a full frame and sometimes wish I could go a bit wider to catch the high arch, sadly not a cheap lens.
I don't know the location where your camping so can't say how the Milky Way would look there, you could go for the 17-40mm f4.0 which would be a little wider, I have been out with people using this lens for both the milky way and the northern lights with good results just bumping the iso up a bit more.
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Well, the fast wide-angle options are out of my budget right now. So, I'm just trying to get the best with whatever I can spend immediately. But will f4 be good enough? Won't I get star trails? Then, I could go for the Canon 10-18, which fits into my budget, but it's very slow (4.5-5.6). I chose the 24mm simply because I can afford it and it's fast. At least I'll get a good shot even if it gets cropped a bit! Of course, if I CAN manage to get a shot, that is! So far, all my knowledge is theoretical!

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