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rrunboy12
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Hello,

I play on purchasing a Canon Digital Rebel XTI soon and wanted some advice on Lenses. What lense would you recommend (price not an issue) for the following types of shots:

1. Night Shots (City Scapes or architecture or even the moon)
2. Objects far away - Planes, Fighter Jets, hawks, etc...
3. Macros (I read that the EF 100mf/2.8 Full frame was the best for this)
4. General purpose - walking around during the day taking shots of people or buildings, etc...

I know you get a ton of newbie questions and I appreciate your input.

Nathan

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If you say price is not an issue you don't know the crowd here very well :p

We are well versed in spending every bit of someone elses disposable income!

My choice for #2--the 400 2.8--goes for around $6500--which is why I don't have one--yet.
And gives you an idea how prices can add up quickly.

Do a little looking here first.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=86975

And see what interests you--Tons of useful information.

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I just picked up an XTi and purchased the Sigma 17-70mm lens

better than the kit, and not terrible on the wallet. Not L though; but better lens than i am photographer (first dslr)

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dave kadolph wrote in post #4240534external link
If you say price is not an issue you don't know the crowd here very well :p

We are well versed in spending every bit of someone elses disposable income!

My choice for #2--the 400 2.8--goes for around $6500--which is why I don't have one--yet.
And gives you an idea how prices can add up quickly.

Do a little looking here first.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=86975

And see what interests you--Tons of useful information.

And welcome to the forum!

Let us not forget the custom 1200/5.6 starting at a generous $90,000.

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I'll try keep the prices relatively reasonable here, despite it not being 'an issue'. None of the following lenses are absurdly priced, but are top class lenses IMHO.

1. Sounds like you want a wide-angle for this, if you're doing cityscapes etc. Try the Canon 10-22, the Sigma 10-20, or the Tokina 12-24; use a tripod, remote shutter release etc. Great for landscapes too. For the moon you'll need something longer (see 2), and if you're feeling really adventurous for the architecture, try a tilt-shift lens! Canon 17-40L would also be a nice choice here, but a bit pointless if you get the 17-55 IS (see 4).
2. If you want a zoom; Canon 100-400 L IS. Otherwise, if you have the money (and by this I mean a LOT more money), one of the long primes, like the one Dave suggested.
3. EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro would be a good choice indeed!
4. Canon 17-55 IS; or the 24-105 f/4 L IS. Both are awesome; the 17-55 has a nicer range for a cropped sensor like the XTi's, but won't fit on a full frame camera and doesn't have L build. The 24-105 gives you more reach, L build quality, and if you ever upgrade to full frame, it'll fit and give you a sweet focal length range. If you don't want to break the bank, the Sigma 17-70 and the Tamron 17-50 are also fabulous choices.

With these lenses, I'd say you're pretty much covered for almost every type of shooting. You might wanna look at some fast primes too, like the 85mm 1.8/1.2L, the 50mm 1.2L/1.4/1.8, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, Canon 35mm L, 135 f/2 L (FANTASTIC lens).

My ideal lens lineup (and still reasonably priced) would probably be this sort of lineup. Throw in maybe a 70-200 f/2.8 IS L and you're set for life!

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