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newest May 11, 2006 4:52 PM

Dear All,

Under$500, can you recommend me the best lens for Canon EOS 30D please?

I would like this lens tobe small in size,andcover as many situations as possible
(withat least 100mmzooming& image stabilizer) so I won't have to buy another lens.

Thank you for your help in advance!!






JohnG May 12, 2006 8:48 AM

newest wrote:
Quote:

Dear All,

Under$500, can you recommend me the best lens for Canon EOS 30D please?

I would like this lens tobe small in size,andcover as many situations as possible
(withat least 100mmzooming& image stabilizer) so I won't have to buy another lens.

Thank you for your help in advance!!



Newest - this is going to sound mean, and I apologize for that. But, why would you spend $1400 on an SLR camera and only want to use a single all purpose under $500 lens on it???? I COMPLETELY understand if the situation is: you can only afford one lens now and will add additional lenses next year when you have more money. But if your goal is to have just one lens for the duration of the camera, why did you bother to buy such an expensive camera body?

Now that I got that off my chest :-)- when you say it must have at least 100mm zoom - do you mean before or after the 1.6x crop factor? The closest recommendation I could make is probably the Canon 17-85 EF-s IS USM lens. It has IS and with the crop factor the 85mm becomes 136mm and it has IS. It's a good all purpose lens with many happy owners.

peripatetic May 12, 2006 8:51 AM

Yes, get the 17-85.

From what you say you're looking for there is no other sensible choice.

newest May 12, 2006 6:29 PM

Thank you, JohnG and peripatetic, for your opinion!

I totally understand how frustrating my question might havesounded to you...!
ButI've depleted all mybudgetallocated for cameraat least for this year.

(I allocated $1500 for this camera and lens because of one website listing this camera for under $750soI thought the rest could go to a lens purchase... I wasalmost fooled into giving my creditcard #to this scum;they told me the camera was built in China and the body was madeof plastic and tried tomake me buya USversion in an extremely aggressive and rude way. I don't whothesepeople really are, but avoid buyingfrom usaphotonation.com!!
http://www.usaphotonation.com/produc...oduct_id=12760
...plus http://www.rainbowtronics.com/was shady too)


So this extra $500was my annual budget for my smoking which I had to give up.
(now my wife is offering me another $500 for quiting on beer...)


Thank you for your suggestion!
I'm going to look into this one.

By the way, I'm also seeing this sort of old lens
EF 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS Usm
(http://www.42photo.com/productdetail...productid=7616)

Would you let me know what you think about this lens too?
Thanks a lot for your expertise...!



newest May 12, 2006 6:45 PM

By the way, JohnG,

I purely meant the camera spec when I said 100mm... (not after the cropping factor calculation).


By the way, should I really be buying EF-S lenses...??? (will canonbe able tocome up withdSLRs with full frame image sensors sometime soon?)

mtclimber May 12, 2006 7:17 PM

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The Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens is actually quite a good lens. I have one that I use with my 20D. Here is a sample photo from that lens. This was an existing light/no flash photo taken at ISO 1600.

MT

wsandman1 May 12, 2006 7:27 PM

Remove the IS requirement and you can choose:

Sigma: 18 - 125 DC

Sigma: 18 - 200 DC

Tamron has lens in the same focal ranges as the above.

newest May 12, 2006 8:04 PM

Hi, Mtclimber!

Thank you for posting such a great photo!
I'm very impressed...

Now, since I'm very interested in this lens, let me ask you:

How long have you been using this lens? (Canon EF 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS USM) Has it ever had aproblem(especially noise from the motor unit)?

How bulky is itwhen attached to your 20D?? Do you feel confortable traveling/hiking with it?? Are you using this lens as your mainone for general purposes?

I'm sorry for riddling you with questions, but I'd appreciate it if you could help me again....


newest May 12, 2006 8:10 PM

Hi Wsandman1,

Thank you for your suggestions!
Since I'll be running with my camera like a headless chicken, combined with a fact that my shooting skills without a tripod are extraordinarilylimited, I think a newbie like myself would still need an IS as a safety net...

But I will definitely look your suggested lens up on the net for my future wishlist...
Thank you again!

dwtbone May 12, 2006 9:23 PM

No cigs and no beer? Man, life can be cruel. I hope you enjoy the camera since you paid such a heavy price. At least you must have a rich wife to provide for you. C. W.






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