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  1. #1
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    Question Just got a Rebel XT and want a good Zoom lens

    Good evening peeps.

    I had a Canon film Rebel for years and loved that camera. I have had my eye on this Rebel for some time. I was away on vacation and damaged my Olympus C4000 which I really liked, as it was simple to use and had excellent zoom both physical and electronic. So I bought the Canon to take pics of a racing event I was at. Unfortunately I couldnt get a great angle of the starting line. I was either too close, or too far. My friend was using a 18-200mm lens for his Minolta and looking at his pics, I think thats the perfect lens for many uses. So, I am on the hunt for a decent lens in that range, that wont break my wallet. I am a extreme novice user and dont need much other than a lens that will take sharp pics. I am not at the stage of the hobby to spend a grand on a lens, and even $500 is steep for me. Anyway, I have flipped thru the lens reviews and searched the web for ideas but wanted the opinion of people really using the stuff. What lens(s) do you all recommend in the 18-200 or 55-200 or even 300mm zoom, that is shall we say "cost effective"? I'd like to stay under $500 if possible.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Here are some pics I took of the event in case anyone is interested:

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    There all full size, so those on dialup need not click

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    Well helllloooo PSI, thats a big turbo you have Jim



    I am going to a speed event next weekend and will be using a Canon 75-300II so i will let you know how it goes
    Canon 350D l EF-S 10-22 l EF-S 17-55 l EF 50 f/1.8 l EF 70-200 2.8 IS l 430EX l

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  3. #3
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    Slow down there turbo. . .

    There are plenty of threads that could answer you question if you just take a look. . .

    like for example this thread might help out

    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22651
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    70-300 F4>5.6 IS is a fantastic lens, probably a bit more but you might be able to find it used (not the 75-300 version) for 500'ish.

    Tim

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    70-200 f4L?

    that will give you 320mm effective..

    i say spend the $$ on the f2.8l

  6. #6
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    Talking A great lens for generic zoom

    Consider the Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM, since you are shooting the Canon mount.

    Attachment 14575

    It's just a tad bit over the $500 mark, but well worth the investment.

    Check this link... <---
    Last edited by DonSchap; 08-17-2006 at 11:48 PM.
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  7. #7
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    Check my Lens Buyers Guide for recommendations. For about $500, the only really good lens that would fit is the the aforementioned 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS.

    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8089

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    If you just want some decent lenses that give you some reach to get to know your camera, there are a few options. The Canon EF 55-200 is of the super cheap variety, with rotating front element that also is meant as manual focus "ring", its plastic fantastic, but it is the best 55-200 of any manufacturer optically. Then there is the Sigma 70-300 APO DG, a decent lens for not a lot (arond $220). Or the Sigma 28-300, a convenient big zoom range lens with good results for the type of lens. Then there is the Sigma 18-200, comparable to the lens your friend has, and almost as good as the 28-300 optically.

    Now if you want a lens that is a bit better than decent, it gets to be more expensive. Like the Canon 70-200 f4 L (ignore the people that think the only one to get is an f2.8 L, those are expensive, and very heavy... only for people who really need the extra aperture opening), or the Canon EF 70-300 IS USM.
    Both will eat up your whole budget.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap
    Consider the Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM, since you are shooting the Canon mount.

    Attachment 14575

    It's just a tad bit over the $500 mark, but well worth the investment.

    Check this link... <---
    where can you get it for $500...i have only found it for about $1200USD
    Canon Digital Rebel XTi w/EF-S 18-55 & EF 75-300 III USM

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryanbendo
    where can you get it for $500...i have only found it for about $1200USD
    You must be confusing lenses... the 70-300 IS USM is way below $1000, even at list price.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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