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Old Oct 24, 2007, 5:25 PM   #1
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I have bought my 20d and battery grip, but now I am on a "self-inflicted"$600 lens budget. I have come across the following lenses that I am thinking about starting with... please let me know what you think and if you would go a different route... please share.

EF 50 f/1.8
EF 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 Ultrasonic
EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 Ultrasonic III

These three lenses come out to about $375, with $225 remaining, how should I/would you spend it? Should I rethink the lenses that I have in mind?
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 2:46 AM   #2
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Yes you should re-think...

As you have decided to eschew the best budget lens that Canon make (the humble 18-55 kit)...

On the crop sensor your widest angle focal length of 24mm is equivalent to a 38mm on 35mm film. That is not very wide at all.

Both the Canon zooms you have chosen are of rather poor quality, particularly the telephoto.


On your budget I suggest:

Sigma 17-70 ($390)
Sigma 70-300 APO ($220)

Which takes you up to $610 and gives you equivalent coverage of 28-480mm in two lenses. It also puts the most money into the lens you will likely be using the most - the 17-70.

IMO those two Sigma lenses probably give the best IQ per $ of anything on the market.

Give yourself a month or two and then get the Canon 50mm f1.8.


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Old Oct 25, 2007, 3:37 AM   #3
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I ended up purchasing the following:

EF-S 18-55
EF-L USM 70-200 f/4

...still looking for EF 50mm f/1.8 to complete my setup for now.
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