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Old 04-11-2005, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Need help picking out my first lens for Digital Rebel

Welp since I'm going to London next month, I've decided I want to pickup a new lens for my Digital rebel (300d). All I currently have is the kit lens.... I was looking at picking up the Canon 75-300 IS Lens, but it seems everything I read about the canon 75-300 lens is negative???

Anyone have any other suggestions for a good "all around" lens?
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Old 04-11-2005, 11:54 AM   #2
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How much are you looking to spend?

My all-purpose walkaround lens is the Canon 28-135 USM IS, but that pretty much overlaps your kit lens' range (18-55mm, I assume?). If you have the coin, get the 70-200mm f/4L.


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Old 04-11-2005, 12:00 PM   #3
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I would like to spend around 400 dollars for the lens and yeah my kit lens is 18-55mm


Maybe I was wrong before, is it the 75-300 NON IS lens the bad one?
It seems by looking at the review for the IS version, it is pretty good
http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...075-300%2520IS

but for the non IS version, pretty bad
http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g.../search=75-300
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Old 04-11-2005, 12:04 PM   #4
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For reviews, you're better off checking here:

www.photo.net
www.fredmiranda.com
www.popphoto.com
www.dpreview.com

For photographers, by photographers.


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Old 04-11-2005, 12:09 PM   #5
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Actually, I was going to crosspost this at dpreview.net

but for some reason, I cant seem to get my registration email from there.
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Old 04-11-2005, 12:41 PM   #6
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Another vote for the 70-200 f4L. It's not that much of a stretch past your target price and it is a fantastic lens for the $$. Since I am spending your money...pick up a 50mm as well. I end up doing more w/ my 50 than w/ my other lenses combined.

What is your definition of "all-around"? Do you want only one lens, or do you want this lens in addition to the kit lens? If you are in urban areas and shooting architecture, etc., I'd guess a bigger telephoto won't see nearly as much use as a wide-angle.
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:18 PM   #7
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I want a lens that I can walk around with, but if I HAVE to, I can carry my 18-55 as well.
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:44 PM   #8
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I have a like-new 70-200 f4 that I may be willing to part with. PM me if you're interested and maybe we can work something out.

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Old 04-11-2005, 04:49 PM   #9
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Get a "normal" length prime lens (35-50mm lens in 35mm film format). The image quality will be better than all but the best L zoom lenses and you will force yourself to be creative instead of just racking the zoom back and forth.

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Old 04-11-2005, 05:38 PM   #10
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Get a 50mm f1.8 - it's the cheapest lens in Canons line - and also one of the sharpest.

It's fast as all hell, light as hell and amazingly versitile.

Best still it's cheap enough where you can take it where expensive lenses would make your wallet pucker in fear.

It's probably my favourite lens.
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Old 04-11-2005, 08:42 PM   #11
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Get a 50mm f1.8 - it's the cheapest lens in Canons line - and also one of the sharpest.

It's fast as all hell, light as hell and amazingly versitile.

Best still it's cheap enough where you can take it where expensive lenses would make your wallet pucker in fear.

It's probably my favourite lens.
if youre talking about this one
http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...=50mm%2520f1.8

I can afford to get that, and another
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Old 04-11-2005, 08:51 PM   #12
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Yup that's the one - there is an f1.4 that's one stop faster and a bit more expensive.

The f1.4 also features full time manual focus and the focus ring is alot easier to get to, it also has a DOF scale if you do alot of shooting at the hyperfocal distance of the lens.

I started with the F1.8 and moved up to the f1.4 later.
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Old 04-11-2005, 09:37 PM   #13
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any suggestions on anything else i should pickup?
i am fairly "new" to owning a SLR camera (not really,but dont have any accessories)


also, the reason i like the IS lens is because the IS feature sounds pretty nice for someone with shakeyhands like me... is it really a good feature?
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:03 PM   #14
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17-40L f/4.0 - if you are going on a vacation a wide zoom certinaly helps
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:08 PM   #15
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17-40L f/4.0 - if you are going on a vacation a wide zoom certinaly helps

tad out of my price range
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:22 PM   #16
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i bit the bullit

canon f2.8 16-35L
canon f2.8 70-200L is
2x extender

remember 1.6 times focal length
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:45 PM   #17
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A telephoto lens won't help you much in London. You already have a wide- to medium-length lens, but you might want to consider something in the same range that produces sharper photos than a kit zoom.

How about a combo of a 50 F1.8 and a 24 F2.8?
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A telephoto lens won't help you much in London. You already have a wide- to medium-length lens, but you might want to consider something in the same range that produces sharper photos than a kit zoom.

How about a combo of a 50 F1.8 and a 24 F2.8?

you need a telephoto to get candid shots and details from a distance.

without details your pics will be boring.
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Old 04-12-2005, 07:07 AM   #19
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ok so i've basically decided on grabbing the 50/1.8 and im now looknig and picking up a telephoto lens... I'm still TRYING to keep this cheap, so what alternatives do I have to the L lenses?
what about filters and such?
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50mm f1.8 mkII

Its $70 and will be sharper than any lens you will likely ever buy.
A wider, INCREDIBLY sharp lens would be
28mm f2.8 Should be 169-199.

For a everyday walkaround lens, Canon 28-105 F3.5-4 USM is almost impossible to beat for under a grand.

For a long zoom, you cannot beat the 70-200 F4 L You may want to pick up the 1.4x extender with it.
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ok so i've basically decided on grabbing the 50/1.8 and im now looknig and picking up a telephoto lens... I'm still TRYING to keep this cheap, so what alternatives do I have to the L lenses?
what about filters and such?
I have the 75-300 USM IS lens, unfortunately it cost about as much as the f4L, a little cheaper, but had I known, I would have gone with the L.
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Old 04-12-2005, 09:56 AM   #22
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well, for me its 405 for the 75-300 USM IS lens
and 572 for the 70-200 4.0 L lens

ugh

update, might be picking up a used L from someone on here, damn you guys

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Old 04-12-2005, 10:30 AM   #23
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Are you only looking at Canon lenses? If you're on a budget, Tamrom makes good lenses.
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:59 AM   #24
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canon is definetly not an exclusive choice, just i havent really been looking at any others
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For years I rejected the "L" hype -- until I bought one. Holy crap they're like Hoosier tires -- it will change your perspective on things. If it's in your budget, faster is always better. As you grow with your new camera and start to see the limitations you'll know what I mean.
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