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Old Jun 29, 2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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Dear All,

I have read a lot of reviewsin the internet and narrowed downed some lenses for my new 20D but since the budget is limited: from $400 to $500 USD, I am very confused now. My friend is going to Singapore early this month and he can get one at Cathay Photo Singapore. I am not sure this is the bestshop in Singapore or there should be someone else. My selected lenses are as follows:

1. Canon 50mm f/1.8 mk II

2. Canon Macro 100mm f/2.8 USM

3. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di Macro

Though the budget is limited as said,my photography hobby is quiteinclusive oflandscape, macro, portrait (though never tried out), wedding (never tried out, too). Currently, I have a lens kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6USM (20D kit lens) and a Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM.

I would appreciate your kind help to advise me what I should buy now. To be honest, I like the Tamron because it looks so handsome with the petal hood included butam more fascinated by the great macro photographs produced by the Canon Macro 100mm f/2.8. :?

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Old Jun 29, 2005, 11:26 PM   #2
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I used to think 50mm f1.8 isn't a macro lens, am I right? Internet has a lot of
positive comments on the 50mm f1.8 due to the optical quality and low price.

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Old Jun 30, 2005, 12:35 AM   #3
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well, if you'd like to get into more portrait/wedding type stuff, i would suggest picking up the Tamron 28-75 2.8DI or the competing Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DG.. those two are absolutely wondeful portrait lenses and will add some speed to your current lens selection for lowlight purposes.. and since it is so cheap, the 50 1.8 wouldn't be a bad addition when you can scrounge up the 75-100 USD..
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Thanks Hards80 for your kind advice as usual!

I wonder why the Tamron lens 28-75mm f/2.8 is called Di Macro. Does it have any macro functionality? :?

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Old Jun 30, 2005, 8:39 PM   #5
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both offer approximaly 1:4 macro with a closest focusing distance of around 13-15 inches.. never going to replace your 1:1 150mm macro, but will work for flowers etc..
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Old Jul 1, 2005, 1:42 AM   #6
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Hi Hards80,

I got bad news. I called Cathay photo Singapore this morning but they advised that the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 won't be available until the end of this month. Poor me! So I have to choose the following lenses. I also ask them to reserve the stocks for me:

1. Canon 50mm f/1.8 mk II USM = $80 USD (before GST 5%)

2. Tamron SP AF90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 = $330 USD (before GST 5%)

Do you think I made a wise decision? If you were me, what would you do? Waiting to get the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 or get the two above lenses.

Again, thank you very much for your help.

Rgds,

Quan

PS: Anyone ever faced this problem please advise a solution. Thanks a ton.


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Old Jul 1, 2005, 2:15 AM   #7
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i would look into the 24-70 2.8 EX DG Macro from sigma.. if you check out this comparison http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/24702875you will see that optically they are quite similar.. plus the extra 4mm at the wide end of the sigma is more important than the extra 5mm at the long end of the tamron..

if it were myself, i would choose the sigma over the tamron even if both were the same price and could get them at the same time...
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I would agree with Hards80 too - with the caveat that the 24-70 f/2.8 EX is a full-frame -> It'll be much larger and heavier (think about all the glass you're paying for!) than the Tamron

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