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KingRichard1st
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Jan 23, 2008 04:52 |  #1

Hi All,
I'm about to purchase a Canon EOS 400D. I'm looking to also buy a general purpose lens (say 24-135mm range), and a 300mm zoom!
Can anybody recommend lenses as I'm a Graphic Design Student with a new found photographic passion! :-D

Oh yes, I do love macro work too..


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Jan 23, 2008 05:14 |  #2

Welcome.
Budget is...?

(First advice is independent of budget: avoid the 18-55 "kit" lens and also the 75-300 at all costs - my view anyway)




  
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Jan 23, 2008 05:15 |  #3

If you can only afford one lens to begin with - Tamron 28-75. If you can afford 2 lenses: Tamron 17-50 and an EF 70-200 (many choices.) Buy used lenses to start with, save some money. Then maybe a 1.4x TC. Add some ext. tubes and your set for a while. The new kit lens 18-55 IS is pretty good for the money.


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Jan 23, 2008 05:21 |  #4

gasrocks wrote in post #4762424 (external link)
The new kit lens 18-55 IS is pretty good for the money.

Is this actually being offered in any kits yet?
OP - please don't confuse this lens, the EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS (a good one) with the one I recommend you avoid (the EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 II).




  
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Jan 23, 2008 05:23 |  #5

the nifty fifty is always good to have in your kit. it doesn't hurt your wallet either ;)


canon 600D : canon 5D mark II : tamron 28-75mm f2.8 : mc zenitar 16mm f2.8 fisheye : canon efs 10-22mm : carl zeiss jena 35mm f2.4 : canon 50mm f1.8 : super takumar 50mm f1.4 : SMC takumar 50mm f.14 : jupiter 37A 135mm f3.5 : pentacon 200mm f4 : tamron 70-300mm VC

  
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Jan 23, 2008 05:27 |  #6

marathon wrote in post #4762437 (external link)
the nifty fifty is always good to have in your kit. it doesn't hurt your wallet either ;)

Took the words out of my mouth:)


"The poetry of photgraphy will always be more important than mechanics of the camera... you see the picture is taken with the eye,the heart.The most sophisticated camera in the world can never replace this." Jacques-Henri Lartigue
Peter:) canon400D 18-55 , 50mm 1.8,75-300,Sigma 17-50 F/2.8 EX OS HSM , 430EX II ,Lowepro slingshot 200AW. Sony a6000 , Sigma 30mm 1.4 e-mount, 17-50 kit and 55-200 kit.

  
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Jan 23, 2008 06:50 |  #7

KingRichard1st wrote in post #4762369 (external link)
Hi All,
I'm about to purchase a Canon EOS 400D. I'm looking to also buy a general purpose lens (say 24-135mm range), and a 300mm zoom!
Can anybody recommend lenses as I'm a Graphic Design Student with a new found photographic passion! :-D

Oh yes, I do love macro work too..

The Canon 28-135mm IS is good value for money. I'd also suggest the Sigma 17-70mm which although a bit shorter than you want, has very good optics and I believe is quite good for macro work.


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Jan 23, 2008 06:55 |  #8

marathon wrote in post #4762437 (external link)
the nifty fifty is always good to have in your kit. it doesn't hurt your wallet either ;)

+1!




  
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Jan 23, 2008 12:33 |  #9

Read the reviews found here, it's a great starting point:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/ (external link)




  
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Jan 23, 2008 12:37 |  #10

Welcome to POTN! What is your budget? A Tamron 17-50mm is a pretty good lens, but not that good for macro or if you want to do macro you can get a 60mm macro lenses.. but it is a prime so you won't be able to zoom, but it is a great lens for macro photography.


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Jan 23, 2008 12:38 |  #11

xarqi wrote in post #4762435 (external link)
Is this actually being offered in any kits yet?
OP - please don't confuse this lens, the EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS (a good one) with the one I recommend you avoid (the EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 II).

Not as of yet. I bought mine at Calumet a few weeks ago and so far so good. I will know in a few weeks how good it as at the Chicago Auto Show.




  
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Jan 23, 2008 12:41 |  #12
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Having fallen in love with the 70-200 2.8 IS, I'd have to ask: why the addiction to 300mm? I ask, because there are four variants of the 70-200 (two at f/4, two at f/2.8; one of each with IS and one of each without IS) ranging from $600 to $1700. Each one seems to carry a phenomenal reputation; I have a hard time taking my 70-200 off my camera these days (though admittedly it's hurt my composition skills a bit). With the image quality any of these four can create, you can crop to match the composition of a 300mm lens fairly well, or add a 1.4x TC to get you close.

My 1D3 is in for the AF repairs, so I've been working with my 400D a lot more lately. It's a great lens on the 400D just the same. My 24-105 just seems a bit long on the 400D when I'm doing wider work, so I'm strongly leaning towards the 18-55 IS lens to replace the 400D kit lens. (I don't find the kit lens "bad", but since some of my work is done while riding a bicycle, the IS can be a real help, and the 24-105 is just a little too stiff to zoom with one finger though I'm not complaining.)


1D MkIII, 24-105 f4L IS, 70-200 f2.8L IS, nifty fifty, 3xSpeedlite 580EX II, Rebel XTi w/ kit 18-55mm

  
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Jan 23, 2008 12:42 |  #13

It really depends what you want to shoot but i would go for 1 lens 24-70 F2.8 Sigma
Tamron or Canon if i had the money or 2 lenses Sigma 18-50 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8..


1D MK111 , 5D Classic,24-70F2.8, 16-35F2.8, 70-200F2.8 IS a 430EXII 2x 580EXII and a Mac...:cool:
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Jan 23, 2008 12:49 as a reply to  @ DVS_WiNdz's post |  #14

For a 1.6x crop body, I would suggest the EF 28mm f/1.8 - effective 44.8mm on a 35mm full-frame.

It's a great lens and I think very useful for learning photography (e.g. DoF control, image quality, noise, etc.). While zoom lenses may provide more utility, I think a good prime near 50mm is also a great alternative for a starter.

It usually sells about US$400, and you can get a refurbished one from Adorama currently for US$329 (http://www.adorama.com …d%20By%20Canon&​item_no=28 (external link))

BTW, avoid buying cheap(er) lens if possible. Chances are, you are going to upgrade to better lens down the road, and more expensive lens (e.g. Canon L) retains their value better. Also, there's no point shooting an SLR unless you shoot with really good lens. So, keep that in mind - you might as well spend $800 on a great lens now, sell later for $600, than spending $200 on a cheap lens and get nothing for it in the end. Think about that.


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Jan 23, 2008 13:31 as a reply to  @ bbbig's post |  #15

My first general purpose lens for my 400D was the Canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 MkII. It is a great lens for on $230 with a very fast autofocus. It's lightweight, the IQ is great, & the filter size is the same as the kit lens. For telephoto, I would recommend either Canon's 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS for $550 or better yet the 100-300 f/4.5-5.6 for only $280.


Canon Rebel XTi; 18-55 kit; 28-105 3.5-4.5 Mk II; nifty fifty; 430EX flash; Manfrotto 055XProB w/804RC2 pan head; Lumiquest Promax diffuser

  
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