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Stretching my budget for a new 70D body. Seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. Am I wasting my money only purchasing an EF lens to go with it? The EF-S is well out of my price range.

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Which EF and which EF-S lenses are you referring to? –  Michael Clark Feb 1 at 20:58
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EF are generally the more expensive, EF-s are the cheaper generally speaking. Your question seems to have it backwards. –  AJ Henderson Feb 2 at 2:49
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Generally speaking, stretching your budget to get a better camera at the expense of lenses leads to poorer results, unless there are specific features you need for the type of photography. –  Itai Feb 2 at 2:59

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If you are building your kit of the first time and are on a budget constraint, then the only option that you can have is going for the EF-S lenses. There are still some really good lenses in the EFS system and you can most definitely make use of the additional 1.6x crop factor that comes with using an APS-C body like the 70D.

Also depending on the budget you can get third party lenses like(Tamron, Sigma, etc) for a better price that the first party Canon lenses.

It actually depends on what you really have available to spend on, and what kind of photography you would like to do.

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Before I answer your question, here's a piece of advice: Unless your camera is very old, it's probably better to invest in a good lens instead. Camera bodies come and go, you're going to be using those lenses for a long time. And lenses can affect the quality of your photo more than a body.

Here are two photos, both straight out of camera converted to JPG: One shot with a 7D and the other with a 10D (manufactured in 2003). It's pretty difficult to tell the difference (lighting and white balance notwithstanding). Both shot with the same lens.

http://chadmwest.com/download/1.jpg
http://chadmwest.com/download/2.jpg

So by that same reasoning, it's also better to invest in a EF L grade lens. If you ever decide to upgrade to a full frame camera, you won't be able to use your EF-S lenses anymore. Canon's L lenses are their top of the line but, there are no EF-S L grade lenses.

I used the same 10D for eight years before upgrading to a 7D, but in that time, I accumulated an extra four lenses, two of which were L glass.

If you can't afford L glass, I recommend the Tamron A09 SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom. It's the same lens that I shot both of the photos above with.

Dpreview.com has some good lens reviews that should help point you in the right direction.

Edit: And as Mihir mentioned, if you're building your kit for the first time and don't already own a camera, maybe consider buying a used camera and investing the money you save in a good lens instead.

And I probably should have mentioned: This is my perspective as a portrait photographer. Your needs will be different if you're shooting action.

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I'd disagree with most of this as general recommendation: 1) your examples are studio work; where new bodies have their biggest advantages are in low-light and fast action. Try shooting action sports with a 10D vs a 7D and you'll see a huge difference. 2) there's no point investing in pro level glass unless you've got the skills to make use of it. 3) A 28-75 (or in fact, most full-frame lenses) on a crop camera gives you no wide-angle capabilities. Maybe not a problem for you in the studio, but may be a deal breaker for what the OP wants to do. –  Philip Kendall Feb 2 at 21:36
    
You're right about the 28 not being very wide on a crop body, but I'm speaking from experience having spent $600 on a lens only to upgrade to L glass in the same focal range. Now I have a $600 lens that never gets used. The way I see it, if you're going to be a photographer as more than a passing fad, it's more cost effective to buy the expensive lens now. –  Chad Feb 2 at 22:18

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