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Old Sep 14, 2003, 5:51 PM   #1
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Lots of enthusiasm for the 300D. A question:

For those of us who do NOT already have Canon lenses, what is a suitable/good 28-200 zoom lens (give or take) that works with the 300D ?

There have been many posts regarding the lower cost of the 300D and the advanced feature set, but most posts seem to ignore that the $899 price has no lens and the $999 price as a lens with very limited zoom capability and would require owners who don't already have lens laying around to purchase additional lenses to get any range. I would guess that a good 6x zoom (whatver Canon model that works) from Canon might easily cost $400, making the 300D add up to a quick $1300. And that is not cheap.

At $1300 there are lot of alternatives. Did I miss something (very possible !) or is there rampant enthusiasm about a new product clouding the big picture (no pun intended).

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Old Sep 14, 2003, 7:12 PM   #2
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Unless you plan on getting the $999 package (ie an effective 28-90) there's really no one lens solution, since a regular 28-200 wouldn't get you the 28mm WA after the 1.6x factor! Basically whichever way you cut it, you'll still need 2 lenses... You'll need to go as low as 17mm to get the 28mm perspective.

You may get away with a 24-135mm may be... (ie an effective 38.4-216mm after the 1.6x factor)
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That was what I was afraid of.... basically, while the 300D is likely a fine piece of equipment and will be favored by many people, the REAL net/net on pricing (that has adequate utility) is likely to be in the $1300-1400 range for the camera, basic lens and a second $300-400 lens.

And that's ok ! However, it would seem appropriate that those comparing the 300D to other cameras do so against $1300 cameras, not $500-800 cameras (Fuji S7000 or Nikon 5700 or 602's or blah, blah, blah...). Apples to apples and all that.

For many of us, the tease price of $899 is just that, only a tease (unfortunately). It might place those other lower priced cameras, however, in a more favorable position, marketing and sales wise. While the 300D may be superior to, say, an S7000, many people will need to justify paying almost double to get the 300D with the same lens utility. For those that don't worry about such things, congrats ! For the rest of us, an extra $600-700 may be hard to justify. Too bad, as the 300D appears to be a nice unit.

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You're correct!

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You are viewing it correctly. When you buy a SLR, you are buying into an entire system. The money is in the lenses, not as much in the body. You buy one body every 5 years? How many lenses do you buy? 3-4 in the first year? They love it.

Choose your SLR (or DSLR) based on the entire system, not just the price of the body. Think about what lenses you will need and check them out too.

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Old Sep 14, 2003, 8:38 PM   #6
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NHL,

Thanks for the very informative reply and the link. Also, I read some of your posts on the Minolta board. Very well done.

Frankly, I must have been on another planet (what's the color of YOUR sky ???) as I have completely missed the annoucement and postings on the A1. What was a bit shocking was noting that the A1 appears... appears to have what I am looking for: 6-7x, enough mp's to give detail, a manual zoom ring (!!!!) and.... stabilization ?
Heck, this is what I wanted the E20 to be and I have been wandering about clueless. Since I don't relish nor require multiple lenses this certainly looks like an interesting option. And the intro of the 300D (and others) will only force the overall pricing down.

Thank you for the VERY informative replies, info, etc. You have now sent me spinning off in a more viable direction !

Thanks again,
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