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Old Apr 8, 2005, 11:12 PM   #1
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Have ordered the XT body only, and am planning to get the canon50mm 1.8, as the primary use of the camera will be shooting portraits of my baby girl in mostly natural light indoors.

Was wondering if there were any suggestions to subsitute for the lukewarmly received kit lens.

Tamron 28-80 3.5-5.6? (B&H: $70)

Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6? (B&H: $109)

Sigma 24-70 Aspherical HF 3.5-5.6 (B&H: $119)

Just need a good all around entry lens. Would I just be better off getting the kit lens (Or the 20D kit lens) off of ebay?
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Old Apr 10, 2005, 5:45 PM   #2
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None of these are particularly good but the Sigma 24-70 appears to be the best of the bunch with the Tamrom close behing. A good reference for comparing lenses can be found at www.photozone.de
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Old Apr 10, 2005, 10:27 PM   #3
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Here's another: http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/2470

... and here too: http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/24702875

(not $100 though) - but excellent value
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Old Apr 11, 2005, 11:38 AM   #4
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People are suspect of the kit lens, especially professionals. But you know what-- they're using a 1D, not a digital rebel. Search for "photosbyvito" in this forum -- most of his shots were taken with the kit. For non-pros, it works fine -- first it's 18mm on the wide end (which is a HUGE difference in focal length compared to 24 or 28mm) second, it's an OK macro lens (I believe focusing down to something like 1:4) Third, it's a cheap addition and will help the resale of the camera later. Sure, it's not the world's sharpest lens wide open or stopped all the way down, but, unless you're really good, you probably won't be able to tell any difference between it and the lenses you've chosen (except, of course, that you can't shoot as wide with those lenses).
Don't spend $100 for a slightly better than mediocre lens; just get the kit, the 50mm 1.8, and if you want save up for a much better lens (like the 24-70 L, e.g.)
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Old Apr 12, 2005, 12:34 PM   #5
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Thanks a bundle, perdosi.
In light of that advice, as I am most certainly not a professional, I decided to go ahead and get the kit lens. I also won an ebay auction for ~100$ that included a Tamron 75-300 and Canon 35-80 WITH a Rebel G 35mm body... so now I can play 'Wildlife Photog" without dropping tons of money on glass right away.
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