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Old Oct 26, 2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I plan to buy a Canon EOS 350D (I believe it is calledthe Rebel XT in the US) and need some advice on lenses.

I already have a Canon 28-80mm Ultrasonic and a Canon 75-300 mm 1:4-5.6 Ultrasonic lens. Should I stick with these, buy the EOS 350D kit with the Canon 18-55mm EF-S lens or buy a different lens altogether?

I mostly want a set-up for everyday photography -pics of the kids, trips away,etc. I am also thinking about buying a macro lens - any suggestions? I am frustrated with the digital camera I have now and have decided upon the EOS 350D. It would be good to be able to use my existing lenses, but not if it just means more frustration.

Any advice greatly appreciated - my head is spinning from all this talk of lenses.


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Old Oct 26, 2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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It is really a question of standards.
There are much better lenses out there than the ones you have, but you shouldn't go racing out there to spend more money unless you actually need them.
If you aren't getting a special deal at the time you buy the camera, then just get the body and kit lens and try it out. See if they fit your needs. Then come back, tell is what the problems are with what you've got and we'll suggest alternatives.

A Macro lens is a good example. That is something we can directly tell you about.

Canon makes some very good ones but they are expensive. Stunningly good, though.

Sigma has started making some good ones in the last few years. Don't ignore those.

Check if you can use extention tubes with the lenses you already have. Specifically the 70-300. You'll loose a little light, but you'll be able to focus really close to your subject and it will let you take macro images. They aren't as good as a real macro lens, but they are MUCH cheaper.

If you will take pictures of live things (bugs, usually) then you want more magnification power, because that lets you stay further away from the animal and therefor not scare it. If you don't need more reach, you have more flexability.

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Old Oct 26, 2005, 3:39 PM   #3
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I'd recommend buying a fast prime lens, to supplement those slower zooms in low-light conditions, and for portraits. Perhaps the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC, Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM, or Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM.
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Old Oct 26, 2005, 6:20 PM   #4
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I second (or third) EricS's opinion.

Actually, with the kit lens, your kit will include a wide angle zoom, a zoom, and a telephoto zoom. Your very nicely covering 18-300mm!

Eric is right in saying that the three lenses you would have are probably not the highest grade out there.

Maybe use those three lenses for a while and find out which lens finds itself spending the most time on your camera body.

Pretty soon you'll know the focal length range that probably meets 90 percent of your needs.

After you've gotten used to your Rebel XT, later you could go out and get a really hot F2.8 lens that meets your needs.

As for me, my Tamron 18-35 spends most of the time on my Canon 20D, although my Tamron 28-75 is the second sweetest lens I have, but not much time for two girlfriends!

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Old Oct 27, 2005, 9:06 AM   #5
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I'd advise you to get the EF-s 17-85 IS. Leave the kit lens. Let me know if I'm wrong here, but are you always following the 1/ focal length rule for handholding. Its a common error. A lens with IS will greatly contribute to getting you more keepers. Plus this lens is suited well to the camera you wish to buy. Its not the cheapest lens out there, but well worth the money. I don't know of any real problems with this lens. For the uses you have mentioned it is perfect.
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Old Oct 27, 2005, 8:14 PM   #6
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As for me, my Tamron 18-35 spends most of the time on my Canon 20D, although my Tamron 28-75 is the second sweetest lens I have, but not much time for two girlfriends!

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oh terry, there is always time for two girlfriends..... :blah:



anyways, i think the above mentioned 17-85 IS would be a good lens for your purposes.. do check it out..
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Old Oct 28, 2005, 5:26 AM   #7
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Thanks, everyone.

I now have some solid advice to bear in mind when I buy my camera. Haven't decided what I'll do yet, but will check out what offers are available when I'm in New York next month and then make up my mind.

This was my first post in a forum and I was a bit nervous. But you've all been very kind and helpful. Thanks again!
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You have a wide range covered with the two lenses you have although neither is all that good...
The big gap you have is at the wide end. On the rebel you definately want a wider lens than 28mm for everyday use.
You have two options here;
1. Buy another general purpose zoom with a wider wide end.
Cheapest option is the kit lens, which isn't bad.
Bit more expensive is the Sigma 18-50f2.8 which is supposed to be very good.
A little bit more again is the 17-85 already mentioned which has different virtues to the sigma but is also excellent.
There are more expensive options ...

2. Buy a specialised wide lens. Many to choose from but none really cheap, especially if you're just starting out.

I would suggest option 1. You will want to get a better walk-around lens eventually anyway and the two mentioned are both good.
If money is a real issue get the kit lens. It's excellent value and you will probably use it over the 28-80 both for the wide end and 'cos it's a bit better.
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Old Oct 28, 2005, 10:47 AM   #9
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This forum has a really nice bunch of people. That is why I keep coming back!

Be warned, since I see you're from Sweden. I don't beleive Canon will repair your equipment that is purchased in the US but repaired in Sweden. Of course, you could buy a "Gray market" lens (which is just another term for an imported lens) because they don't have a US warenty and therefor would (hopefully) be repaired in your home country.

If you're in NY City, I suggest checking B&H Photo and Video. It is the largest single seller of photo and video equipment in the entire US. The store is supposed to be huge and they have great prices.

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