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Old Jun 30, 2010, 6:41 AM   #21
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I just got the body. Cldnt resist the 500ds' movie mode. Once the camera arrives, Ill definitely upload some pictures. Now, Ill have to save money to buy a std zoom lens.
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Old Jun 30, 2010, 8:48 AM   #22
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I just got the body. Cldnt resist the 500ds' movie mode. Once the camera arrives, Ill definitely upload some pictures. Now, Ill have to save money to buy a std zoom lens.
You should be able to pick up a used or refurbished one for a reasonable
price. The 18-55mm IS is a fairly good lens, but it probably isn't worth the
full High Street retail price. There are a few options available. I see a lot
of Canon 18-135mm IS lenses on the market at the moment. These are
usually either brand new or as good as new because they were intended
to be bundled with the Eos 7D and other higher end Canon DSLRs.
I bought one for 200 (just over 160) with a 12 month warranty recently.
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Old Jun 30, 2010, 3:15 PM   #23
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I was kind of more interested in Tamron and sigma lenses, I heard they produce better lens for lower price (I meant std zoom to replace the kit lens). If the lens seems not necessay, I might grab a Speedlite 430EXII
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I was kind of more interested in Tamron and sigma lenses, I heard they produce better lens for lower price ...
Not so. Everybody makes some gems and some trash. Sigma's and Tamron's gems may be on the same level as the OEM offerings, but some of their trash is really bad. For inexpensive telephoto zoom lenses, Tamron's 70-300 Di LD and 55-200 Di-II LD are as good or better than the inexpensive choices form OEMs, but Tamron also has some lenses that aren't as good.

You really need to understand which lenses are good for what you want to shoot, and which aren't. Quality doesn't come cheap, regardless of what's engraved on the nameplate.
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the tamron and sigma low end 70-300mm is not a great lens, decent for the price. But the canon ef-s 55-250 is a sharper lens then the sigma and tamron. You do get what you pay for with lenses.
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