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Which is a better first SLR?

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Mar 24, 2010 12:47 |  #46

NothingRemains10 wrote in post #9861151 (external link)
I am looking to buy three lenses..

A carry around lens..A mid range zoom, and a telephoto. I would like quality lenses, but I am not a millionaire and dont want to spend 3k each.

What is the difference between the

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF]

Would they both be good, high quality, carry around lenses? Would I be able to do panoramic photos with them? And with these, is there any need for the Nifty Fifty?

Also, how practical would a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens be for mid range shots?

For the long distance, I was planning on going with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS.

First, let me state up front that I'm a Cheap Bastard. When I bought my first DSLR a year ago, I wanted to be as economical as possible and still meet my photographic requirements. I wanted to shoot wildlife and action. I chose the 40D, which at the time was the best camera bargain on the market (with 17-85mm kit lens, the price was CAD$1180). The durable magnesium alloy body, the fabulous grip, the 6.5 fps shooting speed, the large bright pentaprism viewfinder, and the 9 cross-type AF points sold me.

For a telephoto zoom, I chose the 70-300mm over the 70-200mm f/4L. Why? Because I wanted the longer reach (300mm) and the Image Stabilization. Sure, the 70-200mm has much better optical quality, but the 70-300mm is no slouch and it's good enough for me. With this lens, I can effectively shoot at nearly 500mm range.

I used this setup to shoot an airshow and let me tell you, the 6.5 fps really saved me! And I'm happy with the IQ of the 70-300mm.

The 17-85mm kit lens is perfectly adequate as a walkaround lens. I added a 10-22mm ultra wide angle for architectural shots and a 100mm macro lens, again for close-ups of wildlife. Note that they're all Canon lenses for maximum compatibility -- not that Tamron is bad, but I prefer to stick with Canon.

I recently purchased a 50mm f/1.8 and a SELPHY ES1 portable photo printer, just so I could get a free 70-200mm travel mug! I didn't really need the 50mm but it's nice to have an ultra-sharp lens for available light shooting on occasion.

As a Cheap Bastard, this is as much as I care to spend on my photographic hobby.

I guess what I'm saying is, I recommend the 40D/50D with 70-300mm. For those who don't want to overspend on their hobby...

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Mar 29, 2010 09:11 |  #47

I hate choosing a new DSLR. I want to get back into it, after being out with only a compact for about a year.

I need it cheap, so a used 450d will be fine.


I'd like to play with video, so make that a 500d


I like the dual dials of the xxDs, so make that a used 40D

but now I've lost video again

And so we end up, inexorably, at the 7D. Which I can't afford unless I go body only and live in lens poverty for a while. Which kind of defeats the object :P


no dear, it didn't cost much at all

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