Not wanting to upset people, I shall ask for a bit of info.
First off though: Telephoto. To me that means a lens which is not a zoom.
Though these days they seem to be called "primary" lenses I see/belive.
I have my 550D and would like to get a 35mm FAST lens.
The lenses I have only go to F4.5 I think at the fastest.
1.8 or 2 would be nice.
One place had canon lenses 35 and 50mm for $500-ish dollars and I explained I was only looking and researching.
To me that seems quite expensive.
I have heard that I can get a 35mm Canon for about $100-130.
That is a fair way from $500.
Why (do I want the lens)?
Well, I would like to try with small depth of fields to help me hone my "of what is it I am taking a picture?" skills.
With the lens I have, I am getting a big DOF and may be losing the impact of what I want as the subject.
Rather than have "everything" in focus.
So if I get a faster lens I can drop the DOF and really work at selecting what it is I want to be the thing in focus rather than .......
Yeah, I know my pictures posted here have been of "varying standards" and not really of any acceptable quality - from what has been said.
However, I want to keep trying, trying and trying.
Maybe one day things will click and I will have the "magic moment" from which things are better.
But to do so, I need to try things.
So there lies the question.
I am not going to say I am going to buy one tomorrow, or any time soon. I was just wondering the price, so I can budget it into things.