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Old Dec 28, 2004, 10:44 PM   #1
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Many years ago I was an enthusiastic amateur but then my career
managed to intrude.

A year ago my wife gave my a Digital rebel kit and well, the bug
has returned. A year of goofing around with this thing and I just
can't put it down.

For Christmas my wife gave me a Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 lens.

I enjoy nature photography, scenic and small animals & birds. I
really enjoy macro stuff, especially flowers and insects. I have
the most fun with candid shots at social events, grabbing a shot of
someone across the room. then of course I have the usual duty of
family shots.

So here is my question. The Rebel kit came with it's standard lens.
I have the new one my wife gave me. Can you offer input on what
other lenses would be useful for the photography I enjoy?

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Old Dec 29, 2004, 11:57 PM   #2
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In shooting candid shots at parties/social events you might want a good fast mid-range lens like a 50mm f1.8 or, even better, a short tele like the 85mm f1.8- a super lens that you'll be able to shoot at f1.8 with an ISO setting of maybe 800 and get some great available light shots that really separate your subject from the background and don't need noise filtration later- the Digital Rebel is a great low noise camera up to ISO 800. Shoot in available lighting in RAW mode and you can correct to the right white balance setting without having to worry about setting it right during the event.

You have two zooms for general use. A top notch lens like the 85mm f1.8 would be great to round out your current setup. It performs a function the 75-300 couldn't hope to do at it's 85mm setting, plus the 85mm f1.8 lens is much more compact & a generally better handling, better image quality lens.

A word of warning though. Shooting the 85mm f1.8 is addictive. The optical and handling quality will quickly show you how below average the 75-300 lens really is.
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Old Jan 4, 2005, 8:33 PM   #3
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Thanks Greg
Your comments on the 75-300 are interesting - it was OK, but i wasn't completely happy, so I changed it for a 70-200 F4L. What a sharp lens!

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Old Jan 16, 2005, 1:20 PM   #4
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For those who are interested, I have no also purchased the 17-40L.

I feel that it would be great to have a 50 1.8 too. On the other hand, that's enough cash for a while!
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