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Old Sep 13, 2005, 3:59 PM   #1
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I been doing some research on the forum, but there are soooo many lenses that people suggested. I am pretty new to photography, and I just bought a canon XT, but as we know that the kit lense is not so high on the list, so I am trying to get a set of lens that I can carry with me everywhere I go and have every range I can get. I am looking for a set that contains, wideangle, mid range, and high zoom. I don't have much to spend since I am a college student who can barely get food I think I am going to get the sigma 70-300 DG super II APO as my high zoom, but I need suggestions for the rest two. Please help me out. Thanks!!!
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 4:16 PM   #2
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What's your budget?

The Sigma 70-300 APO DG is a great choice. To fill the wide-angle to mid, I would go with the Sigma 18-50 DC, Canon 17-85 IS USM or Sigma 17-35 EX ... all good lenses.

Do you need more coverage than those would give you?
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 4:33 PM   #3
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it's embarrasing to say this, but my budget has to be under 500. I was looking into the Canon 17-85 IS, but then i was thinking I am probably better of going with something shorter range of zoom and get two lenses? 17-35 EX would be a wide that I'd go with, any suggestions on mid range?
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If you don't want to overlap, I would go with the Sigma 18-50 DC ($430 shipped), it's very sharp and has wide-angle to low/mid zoom. Plus, it's a fast f/2.8 lens, which is wonderful to have. Chances are that you'll never miss the area from 50-70 mm.
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Another lens to look at if your on a budget, is the Sigma 18-125mm. I currently have the 18-125mm and love it. With the combo of the 70-300 and the 18-125, that should keep you under the $500 dollar limit that you have set. With this lens, you do loose the speed of the constant2.8. I have taken some decent inside shots with it, but it is much better outside in light.

And if you can only afford one lens right now, the Sigma 18-200mm will do very nicely. I have read some good reviews on this lens.

Here is an image that I took with the 18-125mmlens on a trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone. For this trip, this lens was on my camera more than my Canon 75-300mm IS, which I have now sold.

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Old Sep 13, 2005, 8:38 PM   #6
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thank you all very much for the replies. I have decided to go with the 18-50 DC since it is kinda true that I probably won't miss much from 50-70. I was also thinking about a 50mm by canon... any thoughts on that?
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since you're already covering 50mm with the 18-50 with f/2.8, I don't think you'll be using the prime much if you bought it.

so the 18-50 sells for something like 410 at sigma4less.com ... i'd just save the rest for now and see what you're needs are later on.
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