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Old Sep 24, 2005, 4:34 PM   #1
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There are too many choices and I am getting very overwhelmed. I will be shooting pictures of wildlife in Africa, tons of street photography in parts of Asia, as well great scenary, etc.

Still undecided whether I am going to get the Rebel XT or the 20D, but that decision I will work out in the next day or two.

These are some considerations so far

Sigma 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 (heard there could be problems with using this on the Rebel, but is okay on the 20D?)

Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS with an extender?

Canon 10-22mm (I love taking wide angle shots)

Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 (although really mixed reviews on this one?)

Canon 17-85 f/4-5.6 L IS

I'll add this onto the list too, Tamron 24-135 f/3.5-5.6 AD IF Macro

Would a fixed length 300mm be better for the safari? Or would I regret not having the variation?

These are just random lenses I have looked at, some are really expensive, some not.
I will want a good range of coverage all the way from wide angle to zooming in on wildlife. I can't afford the lens I should really have for the African safari, but I want to get something half descent. I don't want to take more than 3 lenses. I wish there was a lens that had a nice wide angle and a bit more coverage so I could limit it to 2 lenses, but there doesn't appear to be one.

I am hoping to not go over $5000 after buying everything, including camera body, lenses, filters, etc.

Any suggestions, throw them at me please
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Old Sep 25, 2005, 1:21 AM   #3
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Thanks for suggestions Peter, lots of good one there. I have a few questions, is it better to go with say the canon 70-200 IS with an extender, versus an lens that has a longer zoom but only f4-5.6 or something like that? I know I can't afford a 500mm lens. So do you go for better quality over zoom length?
I am a bit wiery from some of the things I have read about using non-canon lenses, obvioulsy lots of people do use them with no problems, yourself included I asssume? Do you ever have to worry about a Sigma or Tamron lens not working probably with a Canon?
Sorry if I am sounding really dumb, but what is the universal voltage charger? Is that to convert the voltage in the different countries? Doesn't the canon's battery charger have dual voltage?

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Old Sep 25, 2005, 7:14 AM   #4
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shutterbug2005 wrote:
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I have a few questions, is it better to go with say the canon 70-200 IS with an extender, versus an lens that has a longer zoom but only f4-5.6 or something like that? I know I can't afford a 500mm lens. So do you go for better quality over zoom length?
IMO PeterP had fun spending your money :-) However in a sense, he has also answered your question: "I'd really consider the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 EX HSM. Optically excellent, fast focusing and you have a good zoom range in it. It also works very well with a 1.4 or a 2x TC's. Giving you a 420mm F4 and a 600mm F5.6. It is one of the lense most attached to my camera..."

You can basically cover 17-600 mm with just two lenses: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65

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I am a bit wiery from some of the things I have read about using non-canon lenses, obvioulsy lots of people do use them with no problems, yourself included I asssume? Do you ever have to worry about a Sigma or Tamron lens not working probably with a Canon?
http://www.shutterbug.net/test_repor...gma/index.html
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=66
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Wow, I wish I was going with you, sounds like a GREAT trip.

I just spent around 5K on my equipment, I wanted a full frame digital but couldn't justify the 7K for the Mark II Ds. So I went with the 20d, will trade up in a few years I'm sure to a full frame. That being said one of my requirements for any lens is it has to work with a full frame down the road, and has to be top notch quality (and fast). I didn't want to spend much more than 5 K on my equipment. Here's what I have:

EOS 20D

Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L USM

Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM

Sigma 12 -24 f/4.5 EX (not as fast as I like, but all being equal best I could do for a full frame at a better than fair price).

Flash Canon 580

If I had the 2x converter from Canon it would put me at 5300.00.

And Don't forget, with a 1.6 multiplier that 70-200 looks like a 112-320, now add the 2X and your looking at 224 - 640 with IS.

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Before I comment, I just want to make it clear that by no means am I in the same league as Peter and NHL. I live in South Africa so I thought I could make some useful comments.

Depending on where you are going in Africa, having a bag that doesn't scream "Expensive Equipment" will be to your advantage.

I have a 20D with a Canon 17-85 IS and Sigma 175-500. As you can see, I'm missing quite a large range between 85 and 175. The solution - Sigma 80-200 F2.8. For safaris, the combination of the two sigma's would be perfect.
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... As you can see, I'm missing quite a large range between 85 and 175.
This is where I can see big advantage in the popular 50-500mm "Bigma"

If you haven't decide yet - take a look at the Minolta 7D (it could be had for the price of an XT after rebate), couple this dSLR to the above Bigma and you'll have a fantastic combination including an 'antishake' system that will work with all lenses, all the way to f/1.4 with some primes: http://www.steves-digicams.com/smp/07102005.html

Heck at that price (less than the cost of 1 IS lens) it could even become handy as an 'IS only' 2nd camera... :-)
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Just get a F1.8 50mm lens and take that with the XT. Travel light and take tons of pictures. Have a fantastic trip. Good luck.


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