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Old Dec 3, 2004, 11:07 AM   #1
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I am upgrading from my G-1 to a new digital camera. I need a wide angle lens for most of the photos that I will be taking. The primary purpose of the camera is to take photos of the surrounding area to help people from outside the area get a better since of Northern Palm Beach. For my listings I will use one of the local Virtual Tour companies to take the photos. Examples of the photos that I will be taking include the local attractions; the beach, area parks, pier with fisherman, the local inlets with boats, the lighthouse, restaurants, hotels, condominium properties, schools, and shopping locations. I would anticipate that 85% of my photos will only be presented on the web. The other 15% will be split between 4X6 photo prints, and photos on 8.5 X 11 pages and a few miscellaneous others.

I am planning on getting the Canon Rebel and would appreciate any thoughts about the3 options that I think will suit my needs/wants.

Option #1
Rebel w/o Lens ($730)
EF 17-40 4L USM ($640)
EF 28-135 IS ($395)
After rebates ($300 + 75 + 45) = $1,345


Option #2
Rebel w/18-55 Kit lens ($800)
EF 28-135 IS ($395)
After rebates ($200 + 45) = $950


Option #3
Rebel w/18-55 Kit lens ($800)
EF 70-300 IS ($395)
After rebates ($200 + 45) = $950

My questions are;

1) Will the photos taken with the EF 17-40 4L be noticeably better than the EF-S 18-55 Kit lens for use on the web?

2) Are there other options that I just don't know enough to consider that would still be in the same price range?

3) Help deciding between the EF 28-135 IS and the EF 70-300 IS options.


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Dave


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Old Dec 3, 2004, 11:30 AM   #2
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If money is not a constraint then Option 1 would be my choice. I would not consider Option 3 as I was disappointed with my 70-300 IS lens. I sold it and and bought the 70-200 F4/L lens.
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Depending on budget, the most common recommendation I have gotten in my search is the 17-40L, 70-200L, and 50 1.8 that can be had somewhere between $1500 and $1600 with some judicial searching.

Other combo's I have heard that are interesting is the Sigma 18-125 and 75-300IS, total cost about $1200, or the Sigma 24-70 2.8 and the 70-200L F4, which I think runs about $1450. If you are worried about the wide end with the 24-70 option, get the kit lens which adds little to the price.

I have heard decent things about all of the lenses above, although the 75-300 ISgets decidedly mixed reviews.



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Old Dec 3, 2004, 2:48 PM   #4
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I would also cast my vote for option #1. It sounds like the 17-40 will cover the majority of your needs and the 28-135 should get you the versatility for some longer shots. I have that lense and it is a very good all-purpose lense for the money.
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Old Dec 3, 2004, 6:29 PM   #5
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First - thanks for the help.

So far, looks like the following are going to make the cut:

Rebel w/o Lens ($730)
EF 17-40 4L USM ($640)


I guess now after spending much of the day researching, I am torn between the two following lenses. Over time I may end up with both. My assumption is that the 28-135 is a more general purpose lense?

EF 28-135 IS ($395 - $45 rebate) = $350

or the

EF 70-200 L ($560 - $75 rebate) = $485


Any additional thoughts before I pull the trigger?



Thanks again.



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Old Dec 4, 2004, 1:45 AM   #6
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If you don't mind my asking. Where are you getting the the Rebel with kit lens for $800?



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Old Dec 4, 2004, 1:57 AM   #7
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Having bought the 28-135 IS USM I love the lens. If I was you, I'd go with the kit lens + this lens.

I think it does a good job, its fairly sharp, the IS works wonders.

No doubt an L peice of glass will produce sharper results, but I don't know if you need L glass for 8X10's really.

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Susan,

Several places have additional discounts when you buy additional items. One of them, I will have to find it again had the Camera and the 2 lenses that I wanted at a reduced combo rate, so I backed the difference out of the camera price. Several of the vendors have the camera for less than $800 w/o shipping. If you call you can get additional discounts if you buy more.

Camera w/Kit Lens:

http://www50.shopping.com/xPC-Canon_...RID-yvGGexoKUs



Camera w/o Kit lens:

http://www50.shopping.com/xPC-Digita...300D_Body_only
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Old Dec 4, 2004, 2:23 AM   #9
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Tim...,

I think that you are correct about the non-L series lenses getting the job done. I just don't want to end up selling, or worse, keeping the Kit lenses and then coming up with the additional funds to buy the L series for the wide angle photos.

I am confident that I could find another use for the $400 difference between option #1 over the L series Option #1 selections.

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Susan

Try this link

http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/sc/fr...64588990&rf=dt

Net cost on the camera after rebate is $715
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