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Old Aug 29, 2005, 2:37 PM   #1
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I'm looking for some advice from the learned on this forum as to how best outfit a Canon 20D. I am an amateur with a reasonable budget ($1,500 or so) looking for the the best options for ;

- a walk around lens - useful for travel

- Indoor high school wrestling - sometimes very low light, generally hockey/bball/ gymnastics kind of overhead lighting. As for distance, I can get within 5 feet of the action, but will also look to take quality images at 50 feet or more ocasionally.

Outdoor Lacrosse - distances between 50 feet and 300 feet or more

and lastly, very low light concert hall shots - decent lighting on the subjects but distances over 100 feet - no flash allowed.

I would prefer to go with two lenses if possible. Am I asking for the moon?

Thanks in advance,

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Old Aug 29, 2005, 5:26 PM   #2
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Low light plus action plus a range of focal lengths all for $1500.

I reckon you'll have to go Sigma...

18-50 EX DC f2.8 ($500)
70-200 EX DG f2.8 ($840)
1.4x TC ($170)

Total = $1510
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 6:23 PM   #3
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Thoses prices are high - I just checked

409.95
699.95
149.95
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$1259.85 - total

You can add another 2x teleconverter and still be under with changes to spare
(for a 50mm f/1.8 that everyone seem to crave about...) :lol: :-) :G
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 7:17 PM   #4
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I have the same type of requirements - my kids play hockey which requires the low light capability, and lacrosse which requiresadditional reach. I settled on a combination of the Sigma 70-200/f2.8 and the Sigma 2x TC. I just got the lens, TC and 77mm filter from Sigma4Less for just under $1000. I'm very pleased with the first results with the lens, but the TC hadelectrical problems (communication faults) and I'm still trying to get that resolved with the seller.

Right now I'm using the kit 18-55 for the "walkaround" use. I'm generally satisfied but not overwhelmed with the performanceso I'm considering an upgrade in the future forsharper photosand alittle more reach. The Tamron 24-135 and the Canon 28-135 ISare bothpretty well reviewed at Fred Miranda and cost less than $400. I'll probably take a look at those unless something better comes along. That, along with the Sigma zoom and TC would come in at a total ofunder $1400.
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 7:28 PM   #5
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i concur with peripatetic's suggestions.. they will suit you well...
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A Happy Ending to the Impossible Dream... I love happy endings

But I think you can use that "extra cash" for some filters or flash or something...
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NHL wrote:
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Thoses prices are high - I just checked

409.95
699.95
149.95
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$1259.85 - total

You can add another 2x teleconverter and still be under with changes to spare
(for a 50mm f/1.8 that everyone seem to crave about...) :lol: :-) :G

Hey - it was just ballpark from the B&H website.

I pay for mine in GBP and it's a lot more over here!!
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peripatetic wrote:
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Hey - it was just ballpark from the B&H website.

I pay for mine in GBP and it's a lot more over here!!
I was just kidding! :-)

... just re-enforcing to oakridge4 that theses prices are really down to earth, at least theses very capable lenses (and f/2.8 fast) remained below the camera cost which is sometime more rational to folks that don't do this for a living - but enjoy photography just as much
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Old Aug 30, 2005, 5:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies and thoughtful considerations.

I'll post another note when I finalize the decision.



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Old Aug 30, 2005, 9:17 PM   #10
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For your requirements the suggestions look good to me. :-)

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