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Old Dec 3, 2004, 10:20 AM   #1
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I'm gettint the Canon EOS 20D. Now, which lens? I don't have any other lenses, and need a good starter lens. I take some close ups, lots of nature shots (leaves, trees, waterfall, my dogs running about).

There are some choices on some kits:

#1 Canon EF 18-55mm that comes with most 20D kits.

#2 EF-s 17-85mm

Other thoughts or suggestions?

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Old Dec 3, 2004, 11:33 AM   #2
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You could add the 17-40L instead of the EFS 17-85. It would cost about $150 more with the current rebates. A second thought would be the 18-55 EFS kit lens and the 70-200F4/L lens. This would also add about $150 to your cost with the rebates.
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I am very happy with the EF-S 17-85IS as a "walk around" lens. It's well made and has great range. Great for general use.

I'll add an EF-70-200L F4 next. Both of these lenses are quality products and not off the price scale.
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So, in your opinion, the EF-S 17-85 IS is worth the extra cash over the generic EF 18-55mm?

Is it all in the stablizer?
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Old Dec 3, 2004, 1:21 PM   #5
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I thought of something like this. This cost difference between the 2 kits is enough that I could buy a 200 or the like.

Just don't want to make a mistake on the lens I think will be on the camera more than not (the portraits, dogs, my garden, cars).

The shots of the waterfalls and such are mostly in WNC around the Blue Ridge. I was wondering if the 200 would be enough (I think so, but I'm far, FAR from the expert! LOL!
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Old Dec 3, 2004, 2:41 PM   #6
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BTW - wondering what you think of lenses other than Canon for the 20D, such as Sigma or Tamron???



Thanks so much for all the help.


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Old Dec 3, 2004, 2:54 PM   #7
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Well, in the telephoto range, the Sigma 70-200 2.8 is an outstanding lense. It's about $120 more than the Canon 70-200 f4, but you get the extra stop and it comes with the tripod collar which I believe for the Canon is a $100 addition. There's a lot of satisfied customers with that lense (me included). The downside is it's a bit heavier than the Canon 4.0 but it's about $400 cheaper and the same weight as the Canon 2.8. I can't speak to the Sigma or Tamron wide angles though.
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The extra stop also enables the 20D's higher precision AF :idea:

Yeap the down side is the weight (All f/2.8 need the larger optics to collect more light)... but then you also get the extra 'bokeh'... Can't win them all !!! :-) :-) :-)
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The Tamron AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom is an excellent lens that you can consider. You can see a review from several user at this link http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...i=tamron+28-75

The lens will run about $325 after rebate

http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/sc/fr...64588098&rf=dt

You could add the Canon 70-200F4/L for about $500 after rebate

http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/sc/pr...p?id=226523116

IMO this is an excellent lens combination for about $850.

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If you're on a tight budget you might take a good look at the Sigma 18-125mm lens. It gives you more range and is considered by many to out perform the Canon kit lenses. It's not "L" quality, but it has a price tag that you can live with. It is made strictly for digital SLR cameras, as it will vignette on a 35mm SLR.
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