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Old Nov 26, 2005, 4:03 PM   #1
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I was wondering which lenses to get to compliment my brand spanking new 350d..

in the end I decided on the:

18-55 (kit lens...to b replaced as soon as possible) by the -->

28-105 II usm (walkaround lens) or the sigma 18-50mm ex ???

100-300mm Usm (for wildlife etc....super fastAFI hear..)

50mm 1.8 (all purpose landscape/low light lens)

If anyone would suggest otheriwse for any of these options I would be most grateful (although I have a pretty strict budget (£200 per lens))

any thoughts/opinions on the above would also be warmly welcomed

thanks

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Old Nov 27, 2005, 8:10 AM   #2
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What is wrong with the kit lens? What makes you think the 28-105 is any better?... the 18-50 EX buys you the f/2.8, but otherwise how much do you gain?

You should revise your budget instead because in the 100-300 range there's nothing like a Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX - This lens is practically a prime (check it's MTF against the EF-300 f/4L) and super fast autofocus with HSM.
-> It costs less than a 70-200 f/2.8 EX with a 1.4x teleconverter, and better still :idea:
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I was wondering which lenses to get to compliment my brand spanking new 350d..

in the end I decided on the:

18-55 (kit lens...to b replaced as soon as possible) by the -->

28-105 II usm (walkaround lens) or the sigma 18-50mm ex ???

100-300mm Usm (for wildlife etc....super fastAFI hear..)

50mm 1.8 (all purpose landscape/low light lens)

If anyone would suggest otheriwse for any of these options I would be most grateful (although I have a pretty strict budget (£200 per lens))

any thoughts/opinions on the above would also be warmly welcomed

thanks
It really depends on what you want to shoot. Of the lenses you mentioned, I would jump on the Sigma 18-50, due to it's 2.8 aperture. But I shoot candids of moving people, and love the background blur and motion freezing that the 2.8 aperture provides.

If you are shooting mostly landscapes, however, you can use the kit lens at more narrow apertures and still get good results. (I was disapppointed with the results from this lens unless it was at f8 or so, so I sold it almost immediately..)

I also like to shoot portraits of people, where a wide aperture and long focal length are ideal. My Tamron 28-75 2.8 is pretty good for this, as well as a 70-200 2.8 (Sigma makes a more affordable alternative to the Canon). Or, the Canon 85 1.8 is generally regarded as an ideal portrait lens.

Keep in mind that for landscapes, especially at the "magical hours" of dusk and dawn, a slow aperture setting will definitely require a tripod due to the longer shutter speeds.

And I would also recommend the Sigma 70-300 APO Macro II over the Canon 100-300 in your price range. Reviews from this lens are much more promising than the cheap price suggests.

So like I said, it really epends on what you want to shoot. Hope this helps.

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Old Nov 28, 2005, 12:41 PM   #4
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thanks, ill check out teh sigma's and rethink teh canon 100-300mm
the only problem is that I would like fast AF, but teh sigam 70-300mm APO DG has quite a slow hesitant autofocus.
thanks for your help
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... the only problem is that I would like fast AF, but teh sigam 70-300mm APO DG has quite a slow hesitant autofocus.
This is why I suggested the Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX
http://www.photographyreview.com/cat...5_3128crx.aspx
http://www.naturephotographers.net/je1001-2.html

-> almost as fast as the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 EX @ less than 1/2 the cost... :idea:
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