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12/26/2004 06:12:13 PM · #26
I was in your situation when I first purchased my DSLR a little over a year ago and I decided to go with the Sigma Kit you were talking about. The 28-80mm and 70-300mm... I think these were well worth the $170 I spent on them. All my challenge entries were taken with these lenses and while they don't produce GREAT quality images, they will certainly get the job done.
12/26/2004 06:18:57 PM · #27


I am addicted to zoom...been using it since 1986 or so on a variety of cameras. Not so sure i can go back....

prime lenses are usually better. 50 1.8 =80 mm on dslr. Let your zoom be your legs, this lens is the best if you dont want to spend a lot of money.
12/26/2004 07:47:56 PM · #28
Chris, have you considered possibly a 'prosumer' fixed length lens, such as a DSC-F717 or something along those lines? These might offer better quality for the money you're willing to spend. You might actually achieve better optics/pictures with these for a similar price. I just recently sold my F717, but comparing its image quality with that produced so far by my 18-55mm Canon kit's lens, I think I would consider the F717 superior. I just came across this page, while trying to decide which telezoom I should purchase for my newly acquired 300D:

//photonotes.org/articles/beginner-faq/lenses.html

(The first 3 or so paragraphs of "Which lens should I buy..." brought a point that I hadn't considered before.)

Of course, if you're planning on expanding your lenses sometime down the line, it might be worth it to bite the bullet and just step into the world of SLRs so that you can begin a 'collection' persay.

Message edited by author 2004-12-26 19:49:14.
12/26/2004 08:07:01 PM · #29
Originally posted by pitsaman:

Poor people always are buying twice,that what happened to me :-(


Don't look at it that way, think of it as "upgrading".
12/27/2004 01:11:14 AM · #30
Originally posted by brianlh:

Chris, have you considered possibly a 'prosumer' fixed length lens, such as a DSC-F717 or something along those lines? These might offer better quality for the money you're willing to spend. You might actually achieve better optics/pictures with these for a similar price. I just recently sold my F717, but comparing its image quality with that produced so far by my 18-55mm Canon kit's lens, I think I would consider the F717 superior. I just came across this page, while trying to decide which telezoom I should purchase for my newly acquired 300D:

//photonotes.org/articles/beginner-faq/lenses.html

(The first 3 or so paragraphs of "Which lens should I buy..." brought a point that I hadn't considered before.)

Of course, if you're planning on expanding your lenses sometime down the line, it might be worth it to bite the bullet and just step into the world of SLRs so that you can begin a 'collection' persay.


I have a prosumer camera now - i was heading toward a Rebel last year when a friend bought one and i got his old Fuji 602. I have no real complaints, but it is not a dSLR. I don't use the video mode, and want better pics...for example:
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Ummm...any more questions?
I have a low paying job, 2 kids a mortgage and am going back to school...i can save about $50 a month. I have few options if i want to move up in the world, camera wise.

The site you posted is great - very interesting. The D30 I hope to have by the weekend...but need a lens to use it at all. I like the Tamron 28-80, and for the price it will work until i can afford the canon IS lens. I am willing to 'eat' the $70 if need be, to quote the article you posted "Of course, a cheap kit lens will take better photos than a lens you canít afford and thus donít have."

I may have a buyer for my Fuji, so I can consider other lenses in the 75-300 range. The Canon IS lens is cool,but at $550 it will have to wait. I s'pose i'll get the 50 1.8 and see what I think of a great lens. I suppose it'll be nice for portraits!

I love, LOVE zoom lenses!

With luck, in 2 years i can get a used 20D, and then 2 years after that a new canon, perhaps an affordable 1Ds Mark II descendent.

Message edited by author 2004-12-27 01:11:49.
12/27/2004 01:15:26 AM · #31
Chris - if you can sell your Fuji and scrape together around $350 US you can get a Tamron 28-300mm that has Macro. Pretty good all around lens for the money.
12/27/2004 01:30:40 AM · #32
well, just wanted to throw the idea out there - who am i to object? ;)

since your budget is pretty tight, it certainly could be wise to get the 50mm 1.8 and see what your needs are from there, knowing that this would be considered a good lens. but, then again, that chips about $75 or so out of your lens budget. the tamron 28-200 might be versatile (around $270 if i remember, maybe i'm wrong), but i'm not sure how its quality is. there is also the 28-300, but that may be a bit expensive for you. i'm wondering if perhaps some of the light scatter difference between your image and his may be due to different apertures, but maybe not (i've never tried to shoot anything like this, so i have no idea how optics respond to these lighting conditions)

Message edited by author 2004-12-27 01:31:25.
12/27/2004 02:07:52 AM · #33
Part of the diff in images is he took a 2.5 second exposure at F8. I did 1/5 sec at 3.2. It is hard as hell to get my camera to do f4 or more. One issue i had is i have co cable release option, no remote. Self timer is the only possibility, and i failed to use it.
It's not the equipement, it's the operator comes to mind.
Sigma offers two 70-300 Zooms. I need to do some research, but the one with shots below in this thread is $209, the other $149. Those shots look good to me.
I think I may only get $200-250 for my Fuji. If i get the Tamron 28-80 an either sigma i can use 58mm filters, and get better filters. (2 UV for general protection and 1 circ PL). a Hoya HMC circ PL is some $70. I love my PL...
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