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Old Jul 20, 2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hi, new poster here. Stumbled by this forum...somehow.

Anyway, I've owned a dSLR for a couple years now - the Digital Rebel XT. http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/suppor...gital_rebel_xt I did my research on it looking for "the best bang for the buck" and not as much "what am I going to use it for" at the time. Now I know what I want to take pictures of - landscapes.

I've just finished reading a book on SLR photography and I feel a bit more educated on what I can do with my camera, and I want a new lens - wide angle, perhaps under a budget of $500 (though I'm willing to go higher if need be). I'm also wondering if I should look into getting a new camera if you think I could use an improvement over the Rebel XT. I'm a graphics designer by hobby, but I do want material to provide in a portfolio.

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Landscape shooting is very much down to personal taste when it comes to lenses and how wide you need to go. Some will find that they like to shoot super wide such as 10 or 12mm lens on your XT, others are happy with 17 or 18mm, then you get the other side which is telephoto landscape shooting to compress the detail and using much longer lenses in the 70mm+ range.

What lenses do you currently have as you might find you are covered OK already?

As for the camera, it is perfectly fine, rarely are you using high ISO settings so with your 8MP you will get very clean images. I would suggest a tripod for situations where the light is a bit lower, also using a tripod will cause someone learning to take more time in composing the shot rather than just looking through the viewfinder and shooting.
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welcome to the board,

If you like a super wide angle to about regular wide angle, the tokina 11-16mm f2.8 is a good option. Or the canon ef-s 10-22mm.

If you do not shoot in low light for non landscape shots, or if you are shooting on a tripod for night shots for long exposure. Then the XT will be fine.
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Thanks for the replies! After looking through various wide angle pictures, I think I'd prefer a lens with 10-11mm for the pictures I'd want to be taking.

What lenses do you currently have as you might find you are covered OK already?

Only lens I have are the standard EF-S 18-55mm lens I bought with it. I already have a tripod (a cheap one, but it gets the job done).

tokina 11-16mm f2.8 is a good option. Or the canon ef-s 10-22mm

Both of these lens look good, might be leaning towards the Tokina. Gonna buy a lens hood too.

Should I get any filters as well? I've read that polarizing filters don't work as well for wide angle, but can be used anyway to get the effect.

Lastly, where are some places to buy these items? I'm seeing that the Tokina and its accessories are out of stock in some places.
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The tokina is a brighter lens at 2.8 through out the full range of the lens. So it can make it a bit better for casual nightscape that you for got to pack a tripod. From the sample, it seems to be a very sharp lens also.

If you do get cp-l or a filter get a slim model. As wide angle lens with filter or cp-l can cause vignetting on the conners. Even with some of the slim filter it may do that.
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Thanks, after doing research for a while I've decided to go with the Tokina 11-16mm lens with a Marumi 77mm Super DHG Slim CPL filter. Can't wait to start using them!
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