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Old Mar 30, 2006, 9:11 AM   #1
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Help in buy my first lens

Hi Guys,

I just got my Rebel Xt -350D, It was a gift

So it came with no lens..

I need to get lens for it.

I need a lens for everyday stuff, pics of family outdoors and indoor @ night

And @ parties. I also like to take macro shots of my Fish tank.

Please help decide on 1 lens to best fit my needs.

I don't have much exp with DSLRs, I have always used point&shoot cameras.


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Old Mar 30, 2006, 9:58 AM   #2
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start with the 17-85. It covers almost a very good range. It has IS too.

If u think the lens is slow, try the 17-70 from Sigma. BUt it doesnt have IS.

Buy a 50mm f1.8 for shots at night.

Macro- a dedicated lens for macro is always better.

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Old Mar 30, 2006, 10:54 AM   #3
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SO the canon 17-85 is the best lens for me right now???

till i learn how to take better pics..

will the 17-85, take o.k pics 2 night..

Plus i have read up about the

Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital EOS
which is better the canon 17-85 or sigma 18-50...

or will i even know the difference 2 my level of exp??


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Old Mar 30, 2006, 5:46 PM   #4
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You may not be familiar with aperture since you're new to dSLRS. It's the number right next to the "f/" (i.e. f/2.8 , f/4.5). This is how much light can get through a lens in a certain amount of time - a high value is good for low light action. The lower the f/ number, the larger the apeture (It's a ratio).

The sigma 18-50 is f/2.8 but the 17-85 has IS. It's a trade-off: a large aperture ("fast") lens with a shorter focal length versus a low aperture ("slow") lens with a longer focal length and antishake technology. I think they're optically similiar. You can't really go wrong with either choice.
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 3:55 PM   #5
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I also am trying to decide on two lenses 1 is 17-85 USM IS, and the othersigma 17-70 DC macrobut on all the reviews they say the sigma is better this is where i'm stuck now.
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