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Purchasing a 60d...need lens help

 
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Dec 15, 2011 13:46 |  #1

Hi all...this looks like a great site and I'm looking forward to learning lots here :).

I have decided to purchase a 60d over a T3i and Nikon D5100, just felt better in my hand than the other two. My question is regarding the lenses...I can either get a kit with an 18-200 or I can get a body with a 17-85 for nearly the same price. I am planning to pick up a 50mm as well. I'll be going to Europe next summer and hope to pick up a Tamron 70-300 or something similar. In the meantime, I'm mainly taking pictures of my kids. I like close-up work a lot as well.

What would you all suggest? TIA!


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Dec 15, 2011 13:51 |  #2

Well seeing as you're going to pick up the 70-300 in the future, I would choose the 17-85. But no matter which one you choose, do consider a 430EX II or similar flash. It will help indoor and even outdoor pictures immensely.

Close up work, well depends on how what macro factor you're looking for. If you don't need 1:1, Kenko extension tubes are the cheapest way to get there. Otherwise consider 60mm F2.8 macro over the 50mm.


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Dec 15, 2011 14:23 |  #3

Good choice, the 60D is a step above both the T3i and the 5100.

I'd actually suggest getting the 18-135 kit. It's really not a bad lens, and it's faster at the wide end than the 17-85 with a wider range. I find it to be perfect for a walk around lens.. And that kit is the "standard" kit for the 60D, so you can usually find the best price on it, around 1120 or so looking online right now. That would give you space for another lens or as suggested the 430 EX II, which I *highly* suggest.


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Dec 15, 2011 15:27 |  #4

I got my 60D with the 17-85mm. It was alright as a starter, but after I got a Sigma 30 I hardly ever found myself reaching for the 17-85. If you want the versatility of a zoom, it's not a bad choice, but personally I would rather take the fixed focal length and opt for better low light performance, background blurability, and overall nicer looking result. The Sigma 30 used was also the same price as the 17-85 at the time, it might still be.


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Dec 15, 2011 17:04 |  #5

I would agree with Keyan on the 18-135 especially as a walkaround lens, especially for a trip, but as far as your choices go, I would go with the 17-85 if you know you're going to get a Tamron 70-300 VC (really nice lens by the way).


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Dec 15, 2011 17:21 |  #6

18-200 if you are looking for a single lens to leave on the camera most of the time. You might find with that lens that you really dont care for the 75-300 as it will do almost everything for you.




  
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Dec 15, 2011 17:28 |  #7

Keyan wrote in post #13550026 (external link)
Good choice, the 60D is a step above both the T3i and the 5100.

I'd actually suggest getting the 18-135 kit. It's really not a bad lens, and it's faster at the wide end than the 17-85 with a wider range. I find it to be perfect for a walk around lens.. And that kit is the "standard" kit for the 60D, so you can usually find the best price on it, around 1120 or so looking online right now. That would give you space for another lens or as suggested the 430 EX II, which I *highly* suggest.

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Dec 15, 2011 17:50 as a reply to  @ Craign's post |  #8

Thank you for all the replies...the cheapest I found is $1288 for the 18-200 and $1249 for the 17-85 which was on sale from 1599. If I order from the States, shipping and duty bring the price right back up. I may wait until Boxing Day to see if anything comes up for a killer sale price.


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Dec 15, 2011 18:38 |  #9

where you located?

Fabb wrote in post #13551150 (external link)
Thank you for all the replies...the cheapest I found is $1288 for the 18-200 and $1249 for the 17-85 which was on sale from 1599. If I order from the States, shipping and duty bring the price right back up. I may wait until Boxing Day to see if anything comes up for a killer sale price.



  
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Dec 15, 2011 22:03 |  #10

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where you located?

Calgary


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Dec 17, 2011 11:03 |  #11

I just picked up my 60D in Calgary last month at The Camera Store kitted with the 18-200 at around 1250. If you're gearing up with more than that, tell them you're doing so and they will generally toss you a discount on the add-ons.
Once I added another lens, filters, battery grip, batteries, bag etc etc I ended up saving quite a bit off of retail.


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Dec 17, 2011 11:22 |  #12

Go the the 60d kit with the 18-135.


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Dec 17, 2011 11:28 |  #13

i bought a 60d with the 17-85 lens and im very glad i did.


Canon 60D, 17-85 is usm lens, 50mm 1.4 lens, 70-300 tamron lens, 430ii speed lite and afew other stuff.

  
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Dec 17, 2011 14:35 |  #14

The 18-200 lens is a well rated lens and keeps you from having to change lens when your on vacation and want to keep it simple. Great walk around lens. But as someone said if you are planning on the 70-300 then the 18-200 really doesn't help keeping in line to offer a variety of ranges. consider the Sigma 18-250 or the Tamron 18-270 which are awesome lenses for the money over the Canon. just make sure you get a nice fast lens as well. I have the 50MM 1.8 cheapo... it's nice, fast, cheap and pretty amazing for less than $100.


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