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Old May 7, 2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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I am thinking of buying a package deal that consists of a D50 with aCanon EF-S 17-85 f/4-5.6 iIS USM and aCanon EF 70-300 IS USM> The package is $2299.00 Canadian. Which seems a like a good deal to me, that being said I am not familier with the IQ and general quality of these lenses. Would this be a good package? Or are there better lenses for the value about?

I shoot everything from Macro to Familly stuff to freinds and Relatives weddings to Sports and I will probably be shooting more CFL Football now. So I am hoping that with the combination of the 15.1 MP and the 70-300 Zoom, that I will still be able to crop and get some quality shots.

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Old May 8, 2009, 2:08 AM   #2
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I think it's a fantastic package, and very well balanced.

The lenses are not of the highest quality, but they are far off the lowest too. Both are good top-end consumer lenses and well matched to that camera. As a two-lens package they are very versatile, pretty sharp across most of their range, good fast AF, good image stabilisation, decent build quality.

As an all-round combo they will give you a decent chance at capturing just about anything, though obviously for specialist purposes you may want to look at other lenses down the line.

I would strongly recommend you look at using DXO optics with that camera and lens combination. The few weaknesses of the 17-85 are very easily correctable by DXO and the combination gives results that no-one could reliably distinguish from more expensive lenses.
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Old May 8, 2009, 6:31 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for your insight Peripatetic. At the risk of sounding stupid. What are or what is DXO optics? Is it a software program?
I would like, in the future to of course, to add a few more lenses, a longer zoom (100-400) and possibly a couple of primes including a macro, a fisheye, a solid portrait lens and maybe a 500 to top it off. That will be much later of course.
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Yes, it's software. :-) You can think of it as a "software upgrade" for your camera and lenses.

http://dxooptics.com

And on the subject of software, you must also of course use Lightroom (Mac or Windows) or Aperture (Mac only).
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Ok so I Googled DXO and it looks impressive. As for lightroom I am unfamiliar of it's abilities. I use Photoshop 7, however I'm not that proficient with it. I've been meaning to take a course on Photoshop but it's the time factor. There just isn't enough of it. Thanks again for the great info.
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