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Old May 7, 2006, 9:46 PM   #1
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I've been shooting my Rebel XT with the kit lens (18-55mm)and the 75-300mm f4-5.6 telephoto. I just replaced the 75-300mm with the 75-200 f4L (LOVE IT! :-)). Now I want to compliment this lens with an upgrade on the kit lens. I use the kit lens for landscapes and outdoor shots. What comes highly recommended in any brand? I am an amateur shooter so I don't need anything over $500US.

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Old May 7, 2006, 10:30 PM   #2
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I don't have it, but the 18 - 85 S IS lens might be a good match. It's a little more than $500.
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Old May 7, 2006, 11:49 PM   #3
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i can recommend the Tamron SP 24-135 4.5-5.6. it'sright around$400, and covers a very useful range. it will focus with full zoom down to about 10"... at least my copy does... for close-up work, and it seems to produce excellent image quality.
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Old May 8, 2006, 12:52 AM   #4
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I just bought the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 DC from Sigmaforless for around US $350. It will do close up macro very nicely and it has a very useful zoom range for landscapes or indoors as well as moderate telephoto. A very nice and affordable kit replacement indeed
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Old May 8, 2006, 11:37 AM   #5
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Ladythump,

What is it that you want to improve about the kit lens? What features are you looking for that the kit lens doesn't provide? This is kind of important because you could easily spend $300-400 and still get similar image quality from a replacement lens.
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Old May 8, 2006, 2:39 PM   #6
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I want to have a good (sharp) depth of field ... for example, I want to take very tall shots of buildings and have the sharpness go all the way up the photo.
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Old May 8, 2006, 6:15 PM   #7
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Have you tried your 18-55mm lens at around F8 and off of a tripod?

To get that deep of a depth of field, you will need to stop the lens down. If it was me, I would test my current lens at different F-stops and see what it produces. Most of the kit lenses are good at around F8-F11. Give it a try.

For some other lenses in your price range, you have the Sigma 18-50mm EX F2.8, the Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6, the Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3, Sigma 17-70mm, Tarmon 18-200mm, and Canon 17-85mm.This is a list of some of the lenses thatfit into what you are looking at. Also, howwide to you want to go?


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Old May 8, 2006, 6:35 PM   #8
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I'll work with the kit lens as it will be a couple weeks before I get another one. I think a lot of it is the fact that it's a kit lens and I'm just assuming it's not the best quality. I don't know how wide I want to go ---> not crazy wide I guess.
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Old May 8, 2006, 7:02 PM   #9
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Just because it is the kit lens doesn' t mean that it is bad. I had one with my Digital Rebel, and it did a good job. The reason that I stopped using it was that I wanted more reach, as I was missing the gap between 55 and 75. I went with the Sigma 18-125mm and I loved it. This lens was on my camera almost all the time. It needed to stopped down a bit to, but most lenses need to be.

To be truthful, almost all of the lenses that have been offered to you will only show a bit more detail than the kit lens, maybe except the Sigma 18-50mmEX F2.8. This lens is in Sigmas Pro series, so it is a bit better.

Also look to see what filters these lenses take. Maybe you can find one that you like that also has the same size as your 70-200mm F4. This can help you carry less filters in the field.

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The May issue of Popular Photography gave the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 and pretty good review. There lab tests showed nearly faultless sharpness and contrast characteristics at the three tested focal lengths, 17mm, 35m & 70mm. Seems like a pretty nice lens for the price.
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