T1i with 100mm IS macro? I am about to purchase a Canon T1i and was wondering if the 100mm IS macro would be a good all around lens for wildlife as well as portraits, candid pictures of children, family. I would like something with IS and a nice bokeh, but don't know if this is the right lens to go with the T1i. Any help is appreciated.
I would not consider the 100 macro a good all around lens. It's a prime lens, not a zoom, so it may not be the right focal length for a variety of people pictures. It would be good as a portrait lens, where you can set up the shot, but not for framing more candid pictures. it's also a bit short for a wildlife photography.
The 55-250 is would be a better all around telephoto lens, if you don't already have something. Not quite up to the 100 macro optically, but more versatile becauce of being a zoom.
The 100mm IS is a great lens, but not a good all round lens. I have tried it on my 500D (T1i) as well as my 7D, and it works very well on both. You might want to consider a EF-S 15-85mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM, which is basically the cropped sensor equivalent of the EF 24-105 F4L.