If you don’t plan to buy any other lens, you will be better served with a point and shoot or bridge camera. On the other hand, if you want an HDSLR and can only afford a single lens right now the Canon 24-105 L 4 IS is a good choice. Its focal range is flexible enough to shoot in nearly all situations and the IS makes it very stable. Its only back draw is the f/4 aperture which is not enough to create a cinematic look when shooting at the wide side of the zoom range.

If you are using a EF-S mount camera (Canon 7D, 60D, Canon Rebel T4i, etc..) the 17-55 IS f/2.8 is a very attractive purchase since it combines a wide aperture (2.8) with image stabilization at a nearly reasonable price.

Recently added to the Canon line for cameras like the Canon Rebel T4i, the new STM lenses (EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens, Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, and Canon EF-M 22mm f/2) are also good choices since they’re designed to work for stills and video more quietly.

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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind planet5D.com — which covers every aspect of HDSLR cameras (and a whole lot of other cameras as well). A lover of photography since his early days, he graduated to selling stock photos to make a little bit of spare cash. It wasn’t much, but it allowed him to upgrade to better cameras as well as computers, and it wasn’t taking money away from feeding his family.
He loves the stories that the still image can tell. In the summer of 2008, he read a story written by Arnold Kim called “I Quit My Job” — Arn is the owner of macrumors.com. He started macrumors in 2000 as a hobby, and by 2008 he was making more money with the site than he was on his day job, so he quit. The surprise to the story is that he was a doctor making more than six figures! Right then and there, planetMitch dreamed about doing the same thing.
September 2008 rolled around, and Canon announced this new version of the incredible 5D — the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It was the first Canon DSLR to shoot full HD video and the earth moved! (It really was a huge deal in the photography world.) planetMitch knew if there was ever a chance to ride a wave of something he was really passionate about, this was it — and the blog at planet5D.com was born. It is now one of the most popular HDSLR blogs on the planet, and he is making a full-time living from blogging. He couldn’t be happier!
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