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Apr 30, 2006 12:07 |  #1

First off I would like to say hello to everyone.

I am totally new to this hobby, and when I say new I mean to the point of I know NOTHING AT ALL :D before buying my 350D I had pretty much only used a disposable and a 1.3MP digital w/o a zoom :o
So with that said I have only taken photos in the auto settings but plan to do a whole lot of reading (here and books) to learn about everything I can. Looking at some of the photos on here have really inspired me!

I am looking for a good all around lens (new or used) I have used the Canon 28-135mm lens but would like to hear what everyone else thinks is a good lens or if this one would be it? I would also like to keep the cost below $500 (for new or used) if possible until I learn enough to warrant buying an expensive lens.

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Apr 30, 2006 12:29 |  #2

Can't really go wrong with that lens at that price point for a general walk around. You could also buy a 50mm f1.8 for portraits and indoor stuff with the change. Enjoy...


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Apr 30, 2006 12:34 |  #3

the 28-135 is a fine lens for all around. especially if you have the kit lens for wide, you might also pick up the 50 1.8 for a cheap low light prime.


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Apr 30, 2006 12:35 |  #4

For under $500, I would suggest a 50 1.8 (<$100) and a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di ($300-350). Both will help you learn technique, and they will also allow you to explore depth of field, because of their fast apertures. The Tamron is an excellent lens as far as image quality is concerned; noticeably better than the "doorstop" (Canon 28-135), I think. Good luck with your quest for glass. :-D


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Apr 30, 2006 12:36 |  #5

yea but would u want to be limited to 75 if you werent going to have anything longer for a while?


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Apr 30, 2006 12:38 |  #6

For 2.8 and noticeably superior image quality, especially at the edges which are known to be a bit fuzzy on the doorstop? Yup...I wouldn't mind. Longer reach isn't worth degrading image quality. Do you want to be at 5.6 at 75mm? Noooope. No one does! :-D


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Apr 30, 2006 12:39 |  #7

Try and get the 70-200 canon f/4 and also keep the kit 18-55 lens.




  
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Apr 30, 2006 12:44 |  #8

For a beginner, I'd start with the 28-135mm with it's IS you should be fine and have a good useable range. Later when you get used to it and know which ranges you use most you can trade it for something a bit better quality with a different range. For the time being you are not really going to know what you prefer until you've had a good play.


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Apr 30, 2006 12:45 |  #9

Thanks for the replies, let me add I do have a few other lenses that I picked up, I got a sigma lens set from Ritz camera for around 250.00 It has a 28-90mm and a 70-300mm but I didnt imagine them being very good lenses at that price but wanted something other then the one that came with the camera. I also bought a Sigma 105mm macro lens for photos in my Reef tank


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Apr 30, 2006 12:49 |  #10

ohhh boy. Might as well post that in the for sale forum. It wont be long untill you're ready to upgrade. If you can return it, DO!

The recommendations by Ronald S. Jr. were EXCELLENT lens for the money, and will take you far.




  
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Apr 30, 2006 13:05 |  #11

I have had them for some time now. Had the camera for a year and the lenses for 8-10 months but have just recently started to get involved with wanting more out of my pictures


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Apr 30, 2006 13:22 |  #12

Doorstop. Don't be so hard on it. Why do you hate it so much?


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Apr 30, 2006 13:24 as a reply to  @ Ronald S. Jr.'s post |  #13

Ronald S. Jr. wrote:
For 2.8 and noticeably superior image quality, especially at the edges which are known to be a bit fuzzy on the doorstop? Yup...I wouldn't mind. Longer reach isn't worth degrading image quality. Do you want to be at 5.6 at 75mm? Noooope. No one does! :-D

you know as well as I do, it would never stop a door! It's too big and round... it will just keep rolling. :cool:


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Apr 30, 2006 13:25 |  #14

Stand it on end, idiot. :lol: ;-)a


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Apr 30, 2006 13:30 |  #15

lens is too light to hold back any real door.


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