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Apr 26, 2009 10:18 |  #1

A friend of mine is looking for a new lens and doesn't want to spend over $500. She has an xsi with the 18-55 kit lens and a 75-300 zoom. She is looking for a lens where she doesnt have to change lenses so often.

I would say she shoots a lot of photos of her daughter in various situations including sports, etc.

She is open to canon, sigma, or tamron lenses.

I can think of a few but was wanting some insight from you guys.

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Apr 26, 2009 10:26 |  #2

What focal lengths does she typically use? If it's normally the 18mm end of the "kit" lens and the 300mm end of the longer lens, there is nothing worth buying (especially with that price cap) that will include all of that in one package.

If you can find out her favorite focal length range, maybe there's a single lens that will cover that range. Examining a typical selection of her photo files, viewing the embedded EXIF data, would tell you what focal lengths she used if she does not know.


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Apr 26, 2009 10:27 |  #3

For sports and low light situations, the 85mm f/1.8. Used it will set you back about 450 bucks. If you want to go a little cheaper (same image quality but a little bit inferior in AF speed and build), go for the 50 f/1.4.


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Apr 26, 2009 10:31 |  #4

Maddog12 wrote in post #7806473 (external link)
A friend of mine is looking for a new lens and doesn't want to spend over $500. She has an xsi with the 18-55 kit lens and a 75-300 zoom. She is looking for a lens where she doesnt have to change lenses so often.

The only thing that seems to fit this criteria is a superzoom.

Canon 18-200
Tamron 18-200
Tamron 18-270
Sigma 18-200
Sigma 18-250
etc.


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Apr 26, 2009 10:33 |  #5

BenJohnson wrote in post #7806527 (external link)
The only thing that seems to fit this criteria is a superzoom.

Canon 18-200
Tamron 18-200
Tamron 18-270
Sigma 18-200
Sigma 18-250
etc.

And an inexpensive superzoom is likely to be a downgrade in potential image quality. Also, it's likely to be a slower lens than what she has - at least at the longer end of its range.


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Apr 26, 2009 10:35 |  #6

Has she tried your 35-80 or 28-75 to see if they fit the bill, focal length-wise?


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Apr 26, 2009 11:40 |  #7

Colors wrote in post #7806516 (external link)
For sports and low light situations, the 85mm f/1.8. Used it will set you back about 450 bucks. If you want to go a little cheaper (same image quality but a little bit inferior in AF speed and build), go for the 50 f/1.4.

She doesn't want to change lenses often. I fail to see how a prime would fulfill that important requirement ;-)a


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Apr 26, 2009 12:15 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #8

Primes are out of the equation. I am waiting for her to respond on her focal length most used.

Is the sigma 28-300 any good?


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Apr 26, 2009 12:15 |  #9

the tamron 18-270mm is supposed to be the best of the superzooms...it comes in just over 600...which she can add to her budget by selling her other lenses

http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/superzoomtes​t (external link)

it gives her the all in one lens...but as others have stated, that's normally not the best option...i'll never understand those that buy an SLR but only want to use one lens...changing lenses is what makes it so much fun


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Apr 26, 2009 12:21 |  #10

SkipD wrote in post #7806537 (external link)
And an inexpensive superzoom is likely to be a downgrade in potential image quality. Also, it's likely to be a slower lens than what she has - at least at the longer end of its range.

But for many people (consumer level), changing the lens 1 time is a hindrance enough to trump IQ, speed, etc.

Maddog12 wrote in post #7806981 (external link)
Is the sigma 28-300 any good?

No. I owned this lens. I would definitely recommend one of the other superzooms I listed over this one.

If she has a lot of old photos available, try using Exposure Plot, or a similar program to see what lengths she uses:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=684261


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Apr 26, 2009 12:24 |  #11

BenJohnson wrote in post #7806527 (external link)
The only thing that seems to fit this criteria is a superzoom.

Canon 18-200
Tamron 18-200
Tamron 18-270
Sigma 18-200
Sigma 18-250
etc.

All of these would suck for sports. I would suggest she sell her DSLR and get a good p&S. That way she wouldn't have to change lens at all ;).


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Apr 27, 2009 08:16 |  #12

I keep my 30 and 85 mounted on one of my bodies, and I find myself not changing lenses often :lol:

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She doesn't want to change lenses often. I fail to see how a prime would fulfill that important requirement ;-)a




  
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Apr 27, 2009 12:03 as a reply to  @ egordon99's post |  #13

I'd say go with a 28-75 2.8, love mine and its on usually 80% of the time...


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Apr 27, 2009 13:43 |  #14

CountryBoy wrote in post #7807022 (external link)
All of these would suck for sports. I would suggest she sell her DSLR and get a good p&S. That way she wouldn't have to change lens at all ;).

+1

She's complaining about the BEST reason to have a DSLR.
versatility and upgradability.

Those 18-200 is a jack of all trades, but great at nothing.


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Apr 27, 2009 13:48 |  #15

Her budget is not far from a lightly used/kit excess 24-105.


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