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Old Sep 14, 2009, 8:57 PM   #31
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pretty much yea.. just to make sure you have all USA items and that you get the 50d body only and not with the kit lens. here are the specific links i was referring to.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...R_Digital.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._f_2_8_IS.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...4L_IS_USM.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...dlite_TTL.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/102851-USA/Canon_2510A003_Wide_Angle_EF_28mm.htm
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Old Sep 14, 2009, 9:02 PM   #32
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Great!!! I assume the 17-55 would be the more suitable for studio work? and the telephoto for outside and fast objects, etc shooting?

and the wide angle for landscape kind of stuff?
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Old Sep 14, 2009, 9:07 PM   #33
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you will use the 17-55 2.8 alot for portrait/studio stuff. as well as event photgraphy. you will use the 70-200 alot for sports/action, as well as wedding and compressed portrait type work.

the 17-55 also works well for landscape lens as well as just a general walkabout lens.

keep in mind the focal length on all these lens are multiplied by 1.6x on a aps-c sensor, so the 28mm 1.8 is more a "normal" prime, aka the old 50 1.8 on ff.

you could probably hold off on the prime for now, (unless your photo school requires it), until you find what focal length you find yourself wanting a fast lens for. then choose the 28/50/85 then when you have a better idea of what you need.
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you will use the 17-55 2.8 alot for portrait/studio stuff. as well as event photgraphy. you will use the 70-200 alot for sports/action, as well as wedding and compressed portrait type work.

the 17-55 also works well for landscape lens as well as just a general walkabout lens.

keep in mind the focal length on all these lens are multiplied by 1.6x on a aps-c sensor, so the 28mm 1.8 is more a "normal" prime, aka the old 50 1.8 on ff.

you could probably hold off on the prime for now, (unless your photo school requires it), until you find what focal length you find yourself wanting a fast lens for. then choose the 28/50/85 then when you have a better idea of what you need.
this is what I figured^^^

Again thanks for your help man... it gives me a good idea of what to look around for... I may or may not justify the cost for the 7D... Im not sure yet.... i definitely don't want to shorthand myself with a body that Im not happy with.... Im not in a rush so I will give the 7D some time to come out... check it out and see how I like it.... if not, then the 50D seems to be dropping in price and just find a nice deal on one of them.
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the only other lingering questions I had left was that i like to take pictures at the track of motorcycles and cars racing around the track... would this lens (linked below) good for that or is there a better more suitable lens for that kind of work in the similar price range as most of my "fast" photography will be done at the track and then sports stuff.

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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...4L_IS_USM.html
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It's a great lens assuming you are going to be able to get close enough to the action with 200mm. What sort of distance from the track can you get? You might want to look at the Sigma 100-300mm f4 instead, it has great AF and is very sharp.
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It's a great lens assuming you are going to be able to get close enough to the action with 200mm. What sort of distance from the track can you get? You might want to look at the Sigma 100-300mm f4 instead, it has great AF and is very sharp.
ill be able to get up close for the most part... but I can see how i can get far away at some of the bigger tracks when your not allowed close to the track.... but even then i think 200mm should be sufficient 80-90% of the time.

how is this lens in comparison linked below ( too bad its so much $$$ more then the 200mm Canon):

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc....html#features


was this the Sigma Lens you were referring to linked below?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...f_4_EX_DG.html

Ive never really been keen on Sigma Lens but that is a great price and has a good balance of features at 300mm.
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There are weak Sigma lenses, there are good Sigma lenses and there are great Sigma lenses. The 24-70mm f2.8 (new version) comes into the great, as does the 100-300mm f4. I personally use the 120-300mm f2.8 Sigma as my primary sports lens as I need the ability to shoot under the lights at field events. It is not as sharp as the 100-300mm f4 which simply rocks.

The Canon 100-400 is a nice lens with great range, not as sharp as the Sigma 100-300 and not as bright any focal length. I've used the 100-400 L quite a bit and I like it, but you can add a 1.4 TC to the 100-300mm Sigma and get more range (slightly) and still f5.6.... also it is still sharp.
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There are weak Sigma lenses, there are good Sigma lenses and there are great Sigma lenses. The 24-70mm f2.8 (new version) comes into the great, as does the 100-300mm f4. I personally use the 120-300mm f2.8 Sigma as my primary sports lens as I need the ability to shoot under the lights at field events. It is not as sharp as the 100-300mm f4 which simply rocks.

The Canon 100-400 is a nice lens with great range, not as sharp as the Sigma 100-300 and not as bright any focal length. I've used the 100-400 L quite a bit and I like it, but you can add a 1.4 TC to the 100-300mm Sigma and get more range (slightly) and still f5.6.... also it is still sharp.
well since you raving about the sigma lens i guess thats good news!

which would you take the sigma 300mm or the canon 200mm?

also the sigma lens were talking about is the one i linked in the post above, right?
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Yes that is the correct Sigma. Personally I would go Sigma for sports as the IS won't be of help. To give you an idea of where I'm coming from (I don't like doing this as it sounds like boasting, but let's just call me lucky), I currently have a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 (this is for sale when I get around to it), Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L (replacement for the Sigma due to better AF and IS as this is one of my two key lenses when shooting a wedding), Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 (my go to sports lens), many smaller lenses linked to Canon 1D mkIII, Canon 5D mkII and Canon 5D (and two lesser bodies) so I've played with a lot of kit and used it all in anger on the sports field or wedding/portrait environment. For your needs I would without question go with the Sigma 100-300mm f4, it's not a light beast but the results will make you a happy shooter at the track.
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