View Full Version : Lense advice/comments

04-06-2009, 12:35 PM
I am about to purchase my first slr. I am a new mother and want to be able to take professional quality photos of my baby, my family and depending on how much I like it/how good I am at it may want to get into it professionally. But I am basically just starting out and am going to purchase a canon rebel xt package, just can't decide which lenses to go with!

Any advice or comments from experience would be helpful...

These are the ones I am deciding between (main difference is the regular lens):

1st package: wide angle lens, reg lens (28-70mm, f2.8-4), macro lens (70-300, f4-5.6)

2nd package: wide angle lens, reg lens (18-55mm, f3.5-5.6), macro lens (75-300mm, f4-5.6)

04-06-2009, 01:21 PM
I'm not going to suggest a lens, but rather I am going to ask from what retailer you are planning to make your purchase. The "packages" you show are rather suspicious of some sellers that make it look like a good deal with all that is included, but in reality some of the included stuff isn't worth owning. You may not be happy with the outcome. Most anyone on this forum can get you pointed in the right direction for a reputable seller.
The 28-70mm, f2.8-4 you list, I'm not even familiar with it being a Canon lens. It may be an inexpensive Sigma lens http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/397592-USA/Sigma_634101_Zoom_W_A_Telephoto_28_70mm_f_2_8_4.ht ml#reviews

Check out this site if you want an idea of how reputable a seller is...

".....want to be able to take professional quality photos...."
A good lens can help, but learning how to use light is the real key. It's fun. :)

04-06-2009, 01:42 PM
I agree. Something sounds a bit fishy here.

The XT is a good camera, but if you put bad lenses in front of it, the images will be worse than they are with a point and shoot. I learned this with my first camera, a Sony A300, which came with a poor kit lens. If it is the 18-55 non-IS that came as a kit with the XT, it is not a very good lens. However the 28-70 might be even worse.

Also if the seller is just listing "wide angle lens" it is often a screw on converter lens, which will take the image quality of a cheap 18-55 from bad to worse.

A lot of the pictures of my daughter indoors are shot with either a less than $100 50mm f/1.8, or with the 18-55IS with an external flash and a diffuser on it. A good used external flash will run you just under $200.

Please list the seller you are buying from, and more info on the lenses. Brand on all, and more specifics on the wide angle.

Edit: I think you might be better off finding a used XS or XSi on craigslist. I picked up a practically brand new Rebel XS for $350 from the Raleigh craigslist. The XS and XSi come with the newer 18-55IS kit lens, and it is much more worthwhile to get. Then add a flash and you should have a very good indoor kit for taking pictures of kids.

04-06-2009, 01:48 PM
I appreciate your time and thoughts.

I am trying to get a good deal and get the most for my money but don't want to do that at the expense of quality so I appreciate the advice.

You are exactly right about the lighting, or at least that is what I have heard ;) I am trying to learn as much as I can now about how the camera works and want to make a good decision on equipment so I can start experimenting!

04-06-2009, 01:53 PM
Wow, I am so glad that I posted this question here! I fear I would have made a pretty poor decision. These comments have been really helpful and things that I would never have thought about on my own!!!

Thanks so much!

04-06-2009, 02:00 PM


These are the "packages" I was looking at, but based on your comments and the others I think I might need to take a different direction

04-06-2009, 02:21 PM
These are the places I usually shop at and recommend.

http://www.adorama.com/ (some refurbished cameras available with Adorama warranty)

David Metsky
04-06-2009, 03:14 PM
Shopsunshine/DSN aren't the worst - 6 out of 10 - but they aren't great. http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Shopsunshine_Sunshine_Electronics_DSN_Digital_Shop ping_Network Read the comments, I'd avoid them.

I'd buy from reputable places like the ones Mark mentioned. I personally buy all my big items from B&H, they won't steer you wrong.

04-06-2009, 07:49 PM
You can buy a brand new Rebel XS with an 18-55IS (very good lens) for $500 from dell.com. You get a full one year warranty, a VERY capable camera, and a good lens. The only other thing you need at that point is an SD card (you may already have one from a prior camera) for around $20-30, and some sort of a bag to protect the camera, something decent can be found for $20. So maybe $550.

If you can swinga 430EX flash ($230 at Adorama) you would have a very good kit indoors and out. And if you wanted to add a telephoto zoom for stuff far away, the Canon 55-250 is $250 brand new from Amazon or Adorama.

David Metsky
04-07-2009, 07:04 AM
There are two threads started by this poster with some duplicate info. Here's the other: http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?p=367333