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    Canon Lenses

    Wasnt sure where else to put this topic (forgive me!) lol!

    Basically my 18-55mm lens that came with my Canon EOS 300D has buggered up!

    And i need to somehow find a new (and possibly better one)!
    Im pretty new to the world of SLRs so anyone have any good recommendations on a lens i could get?

    Ps. Please bare in mind that i am infact a poor student so cheap but somehow better than my previous lens... lol! If thats possible!

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    Kate, you should post this in the Canon DSLR forum down below this one. And what do expect this lens to do? do you need wide angle, more tele reach, what?
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    If any of the admins could move this topic that would be great! lol

    Um well thats the thing! I know very little about lens! I basically need a half decent zoom lens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate_b18
    If any of the admins could move this topic that would be great! lol

    Um well thats the thing! I know very little about lens! I basically need a half decent zoom lens!
    Well, as you have noticed, a lens can give a wide view (wide angle), and a lens can bring things closer (tele lenses), and then there is stuff in between too. Also you have macro lenses to make small things big.

    Your lens was 18mm on the wide side. That makes 28mm in 35mm film terms (the so called 1.6x "crop factor" makes the field of view of your 300D as wide as a 28mm lens on a 35mm film slr, because the sensor is 1.6x smaller than the film). It went to 55mm which will be about 88mm, a slight tele lens (50mm is the "standard" focal length, looking the most natural to us).

    There are a number of lenses that are quite affordable and that are more or less good. It depends a lot on what you really want. Since I do not know a budget and I do not know your currency, I will leave the price searching up to you.

    You could think of a Sigma 18-125mm lens, it gives you a bigger tele zoom. It is a decent lens for such a long zoom range, and very affordable.
    Then there is the Sigma 18-200mm lens. It has of course quite some barrel distortion on the wide end, but on the whole it is quite a good lens, affordable and with a very big zoom range.
    One of the best very affordable lenses is the Canon EF 28-105 USM II. Be careful that if you decide on this lens, it has to be the II version (the other one is not much). This lens is silent and fast with AF, has good colours and is sharp. Its downside is that the wide end stops at 28, with the 1.6x crop factor that is 44.8mm, not exactly wide angle.
    You could of course fill that in with another lens, even with the 18-55mm you have had. Or the Tamron AF 19-35mm f3.5-4.5, a decent and very affordable wide angle zoom lens.

    Other lenses (which also lack at the wide end) that cover a "standard" range are the Sigma f2.8 24-70 DG, and the Tamron f2.8 28-75mm SP Di XR. Both are very good lenses, around 400$ or so. They have the possibility of larger aperture (f2.8) which gives room to play with depth of field and with lower light conditions. To fill in the wide angle part there is also the Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4.
    Last edited by coldrain; 01-08-2006 at 01:04 PM.
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    I have the Sigma 18-125 f/3.5-5.6 as well as the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX DG Macro DF. The Sigma 18-125 was the first lens I purchased, I really like the lens, however I needed something faster and also better quality. Hence the reason I purchased the Sigma 24-70 (EX = High end sigma lenses). The 24-70 is $90 more than the 28-70 coldrain suggested, however It offers a little more on the wide end and although I cannot comment on the quality of the 28-70, the 24-70 is very sharp and I am very happy with the purchase. I will eventually want more on the wide end (10-20 or 12-24) and a little more on the long end (80-400 or 70-200)...but these purchases will be held off for a later date
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktixx
    I have the Sigma 18-125 f/3.5-5.6 as well as the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX DG Macro DF. The Sigma 18-125 was the first lens I purchased, I really like the lens, however I needed something faster and also better quality. Hence the reason I purchased the Sigma 24-70 (EX = High end sigma lenses). The 24-70 is $90 more than the 28-70 coldrain suggested, however It offers a little more on the wide end and although I cannot comment on the quality of the 28-70, the 24-70 is very sharp and I am very happy with the purchase. I will eventually want more on the wide end (10-20 or 12-24) and a little more on the long end (80-400 or 70-200)...but these purchases will be held off for a later date
    Ken
    I meant the 24-70 thanks
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    Question originally ,erroneously?? posted in Lens review, better here?


    Hi all
    I posted this last night I believe in wrong thread I hope this is better ,Thanks.

    My first post to this forum, My first DSLR ,I am new to all of this and I just bought my Rebel XT last week. I got the kit lens ef-s 18-55mm and added on the the ef 75-300mm f/4 -5.6 III zoom. I just bought my first 50mm on ebay after reading wonderful things about the 50mm f/1.8 from the eos 650 on this forum.
    My question is : Is the CANON 50mm F/2.5 a good buy for an entry level amateur like myself? I am looking for the versatility and I want the macro ability of this particular lens. I have just spent a whole lot of money (at least for a newbie like myself..lol.) and the lens would increase my rebate to a triple meaning an additional $115.00 off $239.00,I'm pretty sure . The lens would then cost me around $125.00 . Thanks for any insight and I do need to know sooner rather than later ,as the lens has to be purchased soon to qualify.

    Thanks,
    Mark White
    p.s. this is the best purchase I have made in a while ,I love this camera.

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    Hi Mark, welcome to the forum. By all accounts the Canon 50 f2.5 Macro is a fine lens, but since you just bought a 50mm lens, I would think it a bit redundant. You may want to instead look at the Canon 100 f2.8 macro. It's a bit pricier, but will give you another fast prime to play with. If the budget can't stretch, you might just consider buying the 50mm macro, and putting the 50 f1.8 back on ebay!
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    while i'm not crazy about 3rd party lenses, the sigma 50mm might be a better choice than the canon simply because it can provide 1:1 (life size) magnification, while the canon can only go to half life size without a seperate coverter. i second the recommendation to look at a longer focal length macro lens, as having another 50mm lens mean it gains you no other purposes other than macro capability. i'll leave the other macro lens recommendations to those who have more experience with them, but just keep in mind that autofocus will work a lot better with a canon lens than a 3rd party substitute. AF capability may not be a big deal at all with macro work, as many macro shooter use manual focus, but AF will come into play when using the lens for non-macro purposes. i personally use extension tubes because i can use them a 50mm lens for high magnification, close up macro, or on something longer like the 70-200 zoom to gain more working distance (a feature you shell out mad $$$ for with dedicated macro lenses), and tubes are relatively inexpensive. of course, dedicated macro lenses are still better because are optically optimized for the job, though i'm happy enough at this point with the tubes.

    oh yeah, and next time, just start a new thread. you'll probably get more responses that way.
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    Smile Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by jamison55
    Hi Mark, welcome to the forum. By all accounts the Canon 50 f2.5 Macro is a fine lens, but since you just bought a 50mm lens, I would think it a bit redundant. You may want to instead look at the Canon 100 f2.8 macro. It's a bit pricier, but will give you another fast prime to play with. If the budget can't stretch, you might just consider buying the 50mm macro, and putting the 50 f1.8 back on ebay!
    Jamie and ReF
    thank you both for your input ,I am going to go for Jamie's option 2 , I will put the 50mm f/1.8 II back on ebay or sell privately. I appreciate the heads up on the 100 f/2.8 ,but that may be a little more than I am up for spending at this time.
    I look forward to growing my lens and accessory collection over time and "saving up" for some of the higher quality lenses. My next purchase will be a flash. I am thinking of...Speedlite 430EX, but I will look in another thread or start a new one..lol.

    Mark

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