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08/02/2006 01:26:28 AM · #1
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Few months before i brought my canon rebel xt camera with default 18-55 mm lens,
now i am thinking of buying one more lens at an affordable price (max 200$). I need your help and advice on this.
I got two choices.

1. PRIME LENS
Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens (75$)
OR
2. TELE PHOTO ( best of below or anything else at best deal for this price)
Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III (170$)
Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super II Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS (130$)
Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS (140$)

I kinda liked to take pictures with both PRIME and TELEPHOTO.... but my preference to telephoto is slightly higher than the other.
I already have 58mm UV fileter and polarizer.

Which site is a best place to buy them ?
Any other good lens?
I also want to make sure that the above lens fits my Canon 350D camera !

THANKS A LOT GUYS

Message edited by author 2006-08-13 20:29:19.
08/02/2006 01:31:31 AM · #2
Ive seen alot of good things said about this lens in threads here.

Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super II Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS (130$)


08/02/2006 01:47:22 AM · #3
If you do any shooting indoors get the prime. It is a great lens and very sharp.
08/02/2006 10:45:57 AM · #4
Your best bet would be a prime for sharpness plus you can use it inside too. At $75 you can't beat the 50mm f/1.8 and then you can save up for a better zoom. I have been disappointed in the sharpness of images taken with low-cost zoom lenses.

B&H photo is a good place to buy or Amazon.com (for free shipping but sometimes their prices are higher but not always.) I have bought many things from B&H and have always been happy. B&H also has a promotion that you have 90 days to pay off your purchase over $100 (with no interest). If you bought it now, you would not have to pay until December 1st.

08/02/2006 10:54:11 AM · #5
Not sure of the price of this baby..
I got mine 2nd hand for around 250 USD..

Tamron SP AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF for Canon
08/02/2006 10:55:02 AM · #6
I have the 75-300 for sale and also a 28-105. Look here if interested

Lenses for sale
08/02/2006 11:23:18 AM · #7
Sigma makes two lenses in the 70-300 4-5.6 - the one you linked to for $130 and an APO verison for $170 or so. GET THE APO VERSION. It is much better than the non-APO model.

The canon 70-300 lenses are all abit soft from 200mm to 300mm, the sigma is not.
08/02/2006 11:35:46 AM · #8
within the last few months I purchased a Rebel XT w/ the kit lens ... then promptly got the 50mm f/1.8 and absolutely love it ... takes nice sharp photos ... great for indoor work ...
08/02/2006 11:38:46 AM · #9
Ohhh, i just ordered the sigma apo 70-300. I cant wait. It should be in tomorrw :D I cant wait, cause it looks like a beautiful lens for the price. From the research I did, dont get the non APO!
08/02/2006 11:43:48 AM · #10
The prime is an excellent choice and very reasonably priced. Personally, I'm saving up for the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS for my BIG telephoto lens. My kit/walk around lens has been replaced by the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di which is an excellent lens that can be had for a reasonable price also. I almost never take this lens off of my camera now.
08/02/2006 04:24:05 PM · #11
I have been reading all your responses.
I am sure to buy canon50mm 1.8. Apart from that i am very much looknig for tele. I have two questions

1. What is APO, wat differnece it makes ?
APO version of sigma is close to 200$, instead i can easily get canon 70-300 at 170$.. hows the quality of this canon lens ? If canon is good, i can go for canon tele itself.. wat u say..

2. Many people are askin me to save bucks for good quality tele instead of lower end tele. So what are the next level of good tele lens available for rebel XT. This time I can go close to 400$

Thanks for your words
08/02/2006 04:31:34 PM · #12
Originally posted by shanky_pec:

1. What is APO, wat differnece it makes ?
APO version of sigma is close to 200$, instead i can easily get canon 70-300 at 170$.. hows the quality of this canon lens ? If canon is good, i can go for canon tele itself.. wat u say..


APO means "apochromatic", or corrected for color at three wavelengths. What that really means is that there will be less visible color fringing (chromatic aberration).

Originally posted by shanky_pec:

2. Many people are askin me to save bucks for good quality tele instead of lower end tele. So what are the next level of good tele lens available for rebel XT. This time I can go close to 400$

Thanks for your words


The next level is unfortunately a little bigger step financially, closer to $600. That's the Canon 70-200 f/4. Once you've seen results from that one, you will know what a really good zoom is capable of.
08/03/2006 10:22:43 AM · #13
Thanks guys.
I believe I have done a good decision to buy sigma 70-300 APO macro for 190$... i feel i should he happy with the performacne.
I placed the order yesterday night.
08/13/2006 08:26:33 PM · #14
After few weeks of analysis, i brought sigma 70-300 APO DG macro lens.
and here is my first shot..
The lens is very good.

//www.flickr.com/photos/shanky_pec/214344344/
//www.flickr.com/photos/shanky_pec/214130517/

I love the details and dof it brings out.
WARNING: Images are little disturbing.
Thx guys for ur comments
08/13/2006 09:01:17 PM · #15
add it to your profile.
09/04/2006 08:55:41 PM · #16
I just bought the Tamron 24-135 new from thecamerabox.com for $295 USD...came with the lens hood, front and rear caps, and a leather-like zippered pouch. The lens is well-built, extremely sharp, and very bright. I returned my Sigma 17-70 F2.8 for it and not regretted it. Takes nice, sharp images...

Tamron SP AF24-135mm Macro F3.5-5.6 AD

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