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pjd196
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May 18, 2008 22:07 |  #1

This may sound like a dumb question but I am new to DSLR and need help. I plan on purchasing a D40. I have 2 lenses from my film SLR EOS ElanII that I hope to be able to use. One is a 28-80 3.5/5.6. The other is a Tamron 75-300 4.5/5.6. Can I use them and if so, should I buy the D40 body only and use the lenses that I have to start? Or, should I buy the D40 kit with the 17-85IS instead. I dont have a ton of money, so for now, I just want to get started.
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May 18, 2008 22:12 |  #2

I think ya may wanna buy the 40D if you want those lenses to work :)

Smart remarks aside... I think the 28-80 will work but am unsure of the tammy.


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May 18, 2008 22:15 as a reply to  @ SoaringUSAEagle's post |  #3

I guess my real question is what kind of quality can I expect from those lenses? Is there a substantial difference in the quality of what was compared to what is?




  
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May 18, 2008 22:17 |  #4

By D40 I assume you mean the Canon 40D and not the Nik0n D40 :P. But yes those lenses will work fine on the 40D. Just know that because of the 1.6 crop factor of the 40D, those lenses will be a bit more telephoto than they were on the film camera. (ie. the 28-80 will now be a 45-128mm.) That being said you won't have any wide-angle lenses which can be very frustrating!


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May 18, 2008 22:30 |  #5

If you go for the 17-85 kit, you will have some savings for a lens that is better than the 28-80. If you can spend the extra $$$, go for it....besides, you can definitely recover the funds when upgrading to better glass. If you're concerned about IQ, compare the pics taken with the 28-80 and the 17-85 when you shop around...the should help you decide.


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May 18, 2008 22:55 |  #6

Just my $.02 worth here but if you're on a tight budget (something I can seriously relate to), depending on what you shoot, skip the kit lens for now. Unless you have a specific need for that 17-85 IS, that extra 11mm isn't really that big a deal for many people. I shoot a lot of landscapes and sunsets and while I have a Sigma 17-50mm, it's not very often that I have to break it out. And IS at these focal lengths...I never really saw the point. IS is great for long focal lengths where you really need a steady hand and a fast shutter speed, but I never really saw much advantage with wide angles. If you don't already have one, spend the difference on the cheapy tripod...you'll actually get more image stabilization that way than you will with the IS lens :D.

Honestly I shoot with a Tamron 28-80mm and a Tamron 70-300 on my Rebel XT and I get some really great shots with both and a 40D would do even better. Give or take on that extra 11mm, your probably not going to see too much of a performance difference from what you already have.

As was already stated, with the 40D you are going to have a 1.6x crop factor with the lenses you have but again depending on what you shoot, you may simply find that you'll be using your tripod more with the long end of the Tamron 75-300! LOL!!!

Seriously, -if- you really think you're going to need that extra 11mm based on your own shooting needs, then go for the kit but if not I'd save the money and just get the body. You can always get even better lenses down the road when you have more money and the two you have now will get you off to a good start.

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May 18, 2008 23:11 |  #7

Which version of the EF 28-80 3.5-5.6 do you have? The first one with ring type USM is the only one worth keeping . It is considerably better than the other versions.

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May 19, 2008 10:08 as a reply to  @ msowsun's post |  #8

Here is what is written on the lens: EF 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 IV. The lens also has "Ultrasonic" written across the barrel.
Would it make sense for me to buy the 18-55 IS for $180???




  
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