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Old Jul 11, 2005, 3:36 PM   #1
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I will be buying a Canon EOS 350D soon and I am still to decide what lenses to aquire for it.

I currently have the following in mind:

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM
and
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens


Which of the two combinations do you think is more suitable. I will be taking landscape shots, people shots as well as some flower shots.

Also i will be going to egipt in September and I was thinking to take only one lens. Which do you recommend for this.

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P.S. I am also open to new suggestions about other lenses.
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Old Jul 11, 2005, 4:12 PM   #2
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get the second kit if you can afford it.. that 70-200 is sharp as a tack.. for egypt, if you take only one, take the 24-70, but for a big trip like that, why not take both...
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get the second kit if you can afford it.. that 70-200 is sharp as a tack.. for egypt, if you take only one, take the 24-70, but for a big trip like that, why not take both...
Buy a good camera waist pack and bring both lenses. You'll regret not having both with you.
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You could also go for the 17-85 + 70-300 DO (which happens to be the combo I have - so I'm biased - but I wouldn't recommend the lenses if I didn't think they were good.)

Very light(weight) combo but good optical quality, not quite L class, but still very good - there are plenty of threads here about how good the 17-85 is, and how well suited it is to the 350D.

The 350D is a very small and light camera - I'd test how comfortable it feels with those big & heavy L lenses before you commit to them. You certainly may want to add the battery grip for balance if you do choose the Ls.

Consider:

17-85 IS (475g) v 24-70 L (950g)

70-300 IS DO (720g) v 70-200 IS L (1470g)

With the money you save you could add the 10-22 (385g), which would be a very useful addition to a travel kit and would be light and compact enough to take all 3 on your travels.

There's nothing more useless than a lens collection that is so big and heavy that you leave it at home; which was one of the main reasons I went for the two lenses I have rather than the Ls.


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Old Jul 16, 2005, 2:46 PM   #5
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Both your ideas leave no wide angle coverage. Maybe your thinking is still film and you think 24mm is very wide. It isn't. On your 350D, 24mm is like 38.4 on a full frame. The standard wide angle since about 1975 is the 28mm lens. On your camera, that translates to 17.5mm.

Ilike the 17-85mm IS. The IS works well, and you have a wide end equivalent to 27mm on a FF. Big difference. When I went to New Zealand, I took the 17-85,the 100-400LIS and a Sigma 12-24. The 17-85 took 85% of the pictures, with many in the 17-20mm range, including our best landscape shots. Also took quite a few at 400mm with the 100-400LIS. Only a few with the 12-24, but when I used it, it yielded a dramatic ultrawide photo. However, I would suggest the Canon 10-22 over the Sigma, for its MUCH better image quality.

I also recommend highly the battery grip for the 350D/RebelXT. It enhances your ability to hold onto the camera in either horizontal or vertical positions, because that camera is really small! It also--especially with two batteries--gives more weight to balance a longer lens on a tripod, and it gives longer battery life, which can make a difference on long days with IS lenses. Forget the 6-AA battery option, though. That was a waste of plastic. With brand new NIMH charged 2500mahbatteries, you get a low battery warning as soon as you turn the camera on.
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yea.. i was just choosing from his choices..

very good points.. the 17-85 is a nice lens and would be super paired w/ a tele such as 70-200/300 or a100/80-400..
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