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Old Dec 10, 2006, 2:30 PM   #1
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I'm planning on buying the Canon Rebel XTi. I understand that the lens that comes with the "kit" isn't that great. And I figure I need a IS lens. I'll be taking pictures of the family...a 3 year old and a 1 year old and a fast moving dog!!! Anyway, if I were to get a different lens than the one that comes with the kit, which one should I get? Thanks!!!!
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Old Dec 10, 2006, 3:35 PM   #2
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Can't advise without knowing your budget, but IS won't help you with fast moving subjects like kids and dogs, although it can help with static subjects.

Sorry, can't help more. I'm in a similar situation and currently looking at the 28-105 F3.5-4.5 USM lens as an inexpensive walkaround portrait zoom to complement my 18-55mm kit zoom.

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Old Dec 10, 2006, 3:46 PM   #3
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I agree with Alex-

That was the first lens I purchased to go on my Canon XT 350D. Good Choice.

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Old Dec 11, 2006, 3:23 PM   #4
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You don't need IS. You need something thats fast. By that I mean something you can turn the aperture numerically down on and get more shutter speed. The kit lens would be fine for you, outdoors. But, theres lots of choices for fast lenses. The 70-200mm f2.8 is a good telephoto lens that will hold 2.8 all the way to 200mm. Or, you could get a prime, they make a 50mm f1.4 thats really nice. Just depends on your budget and exactly what your looking for. Theres nothing wrong with the kit lens. A lot of people blow it way out of proportion. It's a decent lens, and you can get nice results from it. Its just not the sharpest thing in the world and will limit your available shutter in low light from not being able to go below 3.5 at the wide end or 5.6 at full zoom.
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Old Dec 15, 2006, 6:45 AM   #5
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For family photos, especially indoor photos, I would recommend a lens that is 17mm on the wide end.

Then you won't be backing up against the wall trying to get everything in the frame.

The Canon 17-85 IS lens is popular and very good value for the money, although the max aperture of F4 is a bit of a drag.

Personally I like lenses that open up to F2.8, but still, the 17-85 would probably be an excellent first investment beyond the kit lens.

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Old Dec 15, 2006, 1:17 PM   #6
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Can't advise without knowing your budget, but IS won't help you with fast moving subjects like kids and dogs, although it can help with static subjects.

Sorry, can't help more. I'm in a similar situation and currently looking at the 28-105 F3.5-4.5 USM lens as an inexpensive walkaround portrait zoom to complement my 18-55mm kit zoom.
I bought the Canon 28-105 to go along with the same kit lens that came with my 30D. I've used it for 5.5 months and don't regret it at all. The 28-105 is on my camera 90% of the time. It's a great lens for the money, IMO.

I shoot pictures of the kids (in the house and outside) most of the time.
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Old Dec 15, 2006, 1:47 PM   #7
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my first lens on the 20D (very similar to Rebel) was the 17-85, I thought too I would need IS but this lens was pretty expensive (~$500) and does not do well indoors unless you use an (external) flash.

IMO, you should start w/ the 50mm 1.8...a great low light lens that's reasonably sharp and super cheap ($79), and then you'll get a good feel for what your needs will be focal length and aperture wise down the road.

There's nothing worse than blowing your whole initial budget on the wrong lens! :?
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I chase my kids and cats around the house with a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8. It seems to work nicely inside my little house. Try it out at your local photo store.
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StaceyTX...I am looking for the same as you. You basically described the majority of my shooting as well.



I'm looking forward to more opinions on this subject.



Also, urbanaries, I can't find any info on the lens you mention (50mm 1.8 ) Any more info would be helpful.

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I second dr_spock's advice. 17mm on the wide end is perfect for crop DSLR's like the XTi...the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 performs very well. If you can't afford the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS EF-S lens, the Tamron is the next best thing and for only 1/3 the price of the Canon!
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