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Old Jun 15, 2005, 6:30 AM   #1
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Greetings all

I am hopefully picking up a 350D for by birthday in a few weeks time which will come with the standard 18-55mm lens.

I want to pick up a longer walkabout lens and also a telephoto. My main pictures are indoors of myfamily and outdoors of bulidings, cars etc general inanimate objects.

My general style of photography has always been focussed (excuse thepun) on the longer end of the lens range rather than wide angle.

My initial thoughts are to pick up a Canon 28-135 IS USM as mywalk about.Want to avoid EF-S lenses so I'm future proofed.

Alsoto pick up the Canon 75-300 IS USM for my tele. However I've heardand read on here really good things about the Sigma 70-300 APO.

Question is will the Canon give significantly better quality? I also really like the idea of being able to shootin lower lightand the ISgiving that extra bit of speed to the lens. Think that will be really useful

My budget can extend but only just to the two Canon IS lenses, but not further!

I'd be grateful of thoughts and insight.



PS Meant to say that this is my first outing into dSLR currently with a prosumer Minolta where I've been learning about using manual settings on a cam!

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Old Jun 15, 2005, 8:30 AM   #2
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in my openion you could go for

1>>>>>>>>>>>>1st option

tamron - 28-75 instead of canon 28-135 is -

this lens is very fast & the best at this price - picture qualitycomparable with L lens + 6 Yr warranty

canon 70-200 / f4 L lensinstead of the 75-300 IS

it would cost u around 360+570 = 930$

compared to ur price of 420+430 = 850.



2>>>>>>> option

canon 17-85 is - 600$

sigma 70-300 APO Macro II - 200$

total - 800$..



butoption 1 would be the best you will have.

any case try to avoid canon 75-300 is lens - not so good for the price



thanks


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Old Jun 16, 2005, 4:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. I hadn't considered the Tamron lens and it looks very nice indeed.

The only thing that I wonder is if the auto focussing of both the Tamron and the Sigma tele will be a lot slower than the Canons with USM. One of my biggest irritations of my current P&S is that I often miss shots of my daughter becuase the camera won't focus quick enough with the speed she manages to crawl around at!!!
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Old Jun 16, 2005, 9:45 AM   #4
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My main pictures are indoors of myfamily and outdoors of bulidings, cars etc general inanimate objects
Why then USM is critical to you?

IMO you're confusing shutter lag (point & Shoot) vs the focusing speed - the shutter release is instantaneous on a dSLR


But out of the two, IMO the 28-125 is a better choice over the 75-300
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Old Jun 16, 2005, 10:33 AM   #5
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Thanks NHL.

On my current Minolta I press the shutter button the thing takes an age to focus - it beeps to confirm the focus and then takes the picture. I thought that was a slow focus issue rather than shutter lag. Am I wrong on this?

I thought about the USM simply to cover the times when i want to shoot my daughter who can't keep still. I agree that it's totally unnecessary for most of my other shots.

Are you suggesting here to go with the 28-125 IS Canon and forget about the75-300 IS Canon and go instead for the Sigma 70-300?


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I would suggest to go with the 70-300 first since that's what you're missing :idea:

The 18-50 already have you covered at the lower end - you can alway buy the 28-135 at a later date... if you think you'll still need it
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The XT also beeps when it focuses on an object, but you can turn it off in the menu
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