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View Poll Results: Vote for your Favorite -=Starter Lens=-
EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM 772 18.95%
Tamron 28-75mmf/2.8 XR LD IF DI 432 10.61%
EF 50mm f/1.8 II OR f/1.4 USM 1426 35.01%
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM 478 11.74%
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM 463 11.37%
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX HSM 99 2.43%
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM 235 5.77%
EF-S 17-85MM f4-5.6 IS USM 578 14.19%
EF 35mm f/2 89 2.19%
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM 137 3.36%
EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM 53 1.30%
Sigma 18-125 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC lens 87 2.14%
Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG Macro 154 3.78%
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Old 4th of February 2005 (Fri)   #1
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Default -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

-=Top Ten=- Recommended Starter Lenses

The first in a series of -=Top Ten=- recommended lens lists.

We start with the Basics,. the "starter lens"

Here in the EOS forum one of the most asked questions comes from the brand new,
first time SLR user asking "what's the best lens to start with??"

They are usually on a budget,. and often looking for "one lens to do most everything"

After research into dozens of past threads and some further discussion, with a budget of under $700.00 U.S.
...these are the lenses that were selected by our forum members as -=Top Ten=- Recommended Starter Lenses


Please vote,.. feel free to add to the thread why you like the lenses you do in the list,. and or add in an additional lens if it is not on the list and say why!

-=More Lens Polls=-

F.Y.I. This is a Public POLL. This means that if you click on one of the numbers in the poll,. you will be able to see who voted for what lenses. This may or may not seem helpfull to you. But it may be a benefit for various reasons.

This "Thread" is a forum informational thread and subject to extreme editing and deleting. Any OT discussion, issues etc should be taken via PM or another thread.

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Old 4th of February 2005 (Fri)   #2
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recomended Starter Lenses

def the 28-135IS and the 50 1.4/1.8, those were my original starter lens before i got 'L's
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

Reminder

As explained in the post above,. these are the Top 10 recommended starter lenses,. not our favorite lenses.

The budget was set at $700.00 U.S. and under,.

also,. please note the last sentence in bold print.
... add in an additional lens if it is not on the list and say why!

So feel free to add to the mix if we missed something

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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

My 2c...

Personally, a 'starter' lens is: inexpensive, decent quality, good flexibility. Thus for quite a while I've been quite satisfied with the 18-55 kit lens and a basic EF 75-300 - no IS, no USM, bought with my original Canon Rebel 35mm years ago. In fact I only 'upgraded' to a 50mm 1.8 prime last week - and that just to get better portraits.

Now that I'm learning more (mainly from this forum) about shooting, and realizing what my 'starter' lenses are NOT doing for me (or even doing against me), I've been looking...no, scratch that...saving for better glass. Don't know that I'll ever be able to stomach $1K+ for a lens though.

However: I thought I snagged a real bargain last week with a Canon 600mm L, IS, USM for $500 on eBay. (!!!) Then eBay cancelled all the bids because a scammer had hacked this guys account and was conning buyers out of their money. An $8000 lens for $500 would have qualified as a 'starter' lens in my book!!!
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

28-135 f/3.5 - 5.6 IS USM.

Bang for the buck, gives a good range for the beginner. Not a major investment for a good range and will work for most styles of shooting.

It was a great lens to determine what else I needed to complete my kit. (Wider an Longer, not heavy etc.)

Still my favorite walking lens.
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

A good, decent lens that's fairly sharp across it's zoom range, has good contrast and saturation, but won't cost an arm and a leg is the 24-85mm zoom. That would be my recommended starter lens, along with the 50mm prime.
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I would also consider a 28-300 'superzoom' as an early purchase (Sigma or Tamron) not for quality but for light weight and versatility. Especially if I was planning to do a lot of travel photography.

Like a lot of kit choices the most suitable lens depends on what you plan to do. A good wide angle for landscapes a long zoom for sports and wildlife etc. etc.
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

When I got my first DSLR I was damned excited that I bought without alot of investigation. I got the 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 and the 100-300. As started lenses they were pretty good and worked best around f8. I moved on because they lacked that additional quality I was looking for. My son still uses them.

In US pricing you should be real close to 700.00 for both of them. Again, great for starter lenses or casual shooters that do want the large investment in glass or don't need that additional quality. I had printed up to 8X10 from my 10D using both lenses and they were great.

I like the idea of this sticky, maybe it will help with those "help me buy my next lens questions".
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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

Mmm... well I'm going on the assumption that this is going to be someones "first and only lens" - at least for a little while. Based on that, for me it has to come down to one of the "walkaround" lenses and I see the Canon EF 28-135mm and the Tamron 28-75mm as the two choices for that. I know if I'm doing the tourist bit it's one of those I put on my camera...

Now, since I loathe the 28-135mm with a passion (biggest waste of money of all my lens purchases) and I love the Tamron 28-75mm my vote becomes obvious. So, the Tamron it is.
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I recommended the 28-135 IS
first because it is my favorite non "L" lens. The reason, very good quality, sharp, light weight (at least compared to "L"). I also frequently recommend this lens because of its reasonable cost versus what you get.

Second I recommended the 50/1.8, got to have a 50 if you have nothing else. Good to learn on, very low cost while still haveing quality. It will also allow you to shoot in low light situations where you might not otherwise be able to get a picture.

Third, I went with the 75-300 IS as I personaly like the lens have gotten great results from it and unless you can afford both the 70-200/4 and a 1.4 or 2x extender, gives you the most range.

I avoided wide angle lenses because the kit lens will get you by until you know what you are doing.

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Default Re: -=Top 10=- Recommended Starter Lenses

The numbers are pretty amazing at this point,.
The 50mm's the clear leader,. with the two "normal zooms" next in line,.

There is one surprise to me.

Time was that the 28-135mm was recomended evry time,. so I expected it to do well,. thing is in thae last year,. 6 months even more so,. we see the Tamron mentioned FAR mroe often than the EF 28-135mm. Last night these two lenses were nearly neck and neck,. a day later,. the 28-135mm has more than DOUBLE the votes of the Tamron! what happened? Where did all those Tamron recomendations go?

The 17-40mm f/4L is curently TIED with the Tamron? Wow.
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I voted for the 70-200/4L because I think it's just such a flippin' bargain for a very high quality lens. If afforded two votes, I would have also voted for the Tamron 28-75. Those two lenses together provide a sub $1000 starter kit with incredible sharpness and great (Canon) and good (Tamron) quality. Additionally (and obviously) their focal ranges are well matched.

Edit ... Duh, missed the multiple choice notification. (Can I vote again?)
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Definately the 50mm either MKI or MKII or the f/1.4. Anyone starting out in photography should learn on the 50mm
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This poll came out at a really good time for me... I presently own a Pro1 & a 420EX, & I just picked up a used 10D (body only). I've been lurking about this forum for a bit, just to see what you folks with DSLRs are using for lenses. I would love a L series lens, but they are way expensive & I'm trying to get the best at a reasonable amount of $$$. This poll has been so informative & has helped me shorten the list of lenses I've chosen on my own. I think I'm gonna pick up a EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM because it seems most like the lens on my Pro1 (at least when comparing focal length values), & a good "overall" type of lens. And having seen some of the photos taken by various people here, the 50mm f1.4 USM seems like a logical choice, too. I'm trying to stay within Canon, but not totally opposed to 3rd party lenses. I'm not a newbie at using a camera, but when it comes to DSLRs, I'm finding that it's totally different in that "I" have to make the choice of what lens to use... vs point & shoots which come with the lens that is permanent & pre-determined by the manufacturer. A very good & informative poll IMO.
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Gene,

I am glad it is helpfull,. this is exactly what we had in mind!
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