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08/22/2007 08:27:06 AM · #1
Okay, so having decided to get the new Canon 40D, I now need to buy a couple of lenses to go with it :)

I want just 2 or 3 right now since I have zero lenses, having lost "custody" of them in my recent breakup. What would you get? My favorite everyday lens for my Rebel was the fixed 50mm b/c it was quick, large aperture, and nice crisp pictures. I was kind of thinking I'd get a 50mm and a decent telephoto, then (maybe in 6 months) a macro lens. Does this seem like a good selection? Lens recommendations?

(Thanks in advance, I am still learning about lenses and am actually kind of stupid about it at the moment.)

Message edited by author 2007-08-22 08:28:23.
08/22/2007 08:37:18 AM · #2
Could get the 50mm then a set of extention tubes to do macro stuff. I like the Tamron 28-75 for my main walkaround lens its F2.8 and SHARP. The canon 70-200 F4 is great lens and relatively well priced.
08/22/2007 08:46:32 AM · #3
Umm... I'm not sure what an extension tube is... (*blushes embarassedly and googles it*)
08/22/2007 08:51:34 AM · #4
Originally posted by saiphfire:

Umm... I'm not sure what an extension tube is... (*blushes embarassedly and googles it*)


It's just a device which pushes the lens farther away from the camera sensor enabling a non-macro lens to take macros.

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ps ... for the record, I'm kind of against buying multiple lenses at once. Buy one, use it, decided what you're missing, buy another (if needed). Of course, your situation is different having owned many lenses and now ... not owning them.
08/22/2007 08:52:48 AM · #5
Budget? :)
08/22/2007 08:53:28 AM · #6
extension tube link
08/22/2007 08:55:40 AM · #7
Thanks, Hopper. I just found it on google, too.

Yeah, I'm only buying 2 or 3 now. I know I'll need at least that many so I have flexibility. The problem is that my ex had a bunch of lenses for a film camera so I never needed to buy any for the Rebel once I bought the body. I could look at the lenses we owned and pick the most appropriate one for the situation, but I never figured out what to look for in a lens I was buying.

edit to respond to doctornick: Honestly, I haven't really decided on a budget. I know that makes it a little hard. I am looking for good value for the money and I know good lenses are expensive and am okay with that.

Message edited by author 2007-08-22 08:57:20.
08/22/2007 08:57:15 AM · #8
I would say,

50mm 1.4
80mm 1.2
70-200mm 2.8 IS
24-75mm 2.8 Tamron
10-22mm 3.5-4.5

These would be my lenses I would have on my list to purchase. Many I actually own and probably would sick even worse if I didnt have them.

Rich

08/22/2007 08:59:48 AM · #9
Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

80mm 1.2


do you mean the 85mm 1.2? It costs $1800.00
08/22/2007 09:12:52 AM · #10
Originally posted by hopper:

Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

80mm 1.2


do you mean the 85mm 1.2? It costs $1800.00

$1,789

08/22/2007 09:15:46 AM · #11
my mistake doc :)

i'm thinking maybe the 300D autofocus system isn't quite up to the task of locking on any lens at 1.2

edit ... scratch that, forgot she's getting the 40D ... prolly work cool on that :)

Originally posted by doctornick:

Originally posted by hopper:

Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

80mm 1.2


do you mean the 85mm 1.2? It costs $1800.00

$1,789


Message edited by author 2007-08-22 09:17:09.
08/22/2007 09:17:03 AM · #12
Originally posted by saiphfire:

....[snip]...Honestly, I haven't really decided on a budget. I know that makes it a little hard. I am looking for good value for the money and I know good lenses are expensive and am okay with that.


Good value for money:
Canon 17-40mm f/4L for $679
Canon 70-200mm f/4L for $579.95
Canon 50mm f/1.8 for $79.95

These should get you started.


08/22/2007 09:38:03 AM · #13
Originally posted by hopper:

Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

80mm 1.2


do you mean the 85mm 1.2? It costs $1800.00


Yes Sorry,

The 85mm 1.2 Lens. With no budget given, why not? It would be a sweet lens to have dont you think?
08/22/2007 09:44:01 AM · #14
affirmative

Originally posted by Hot_Pixel:

It would be a sweet lens to have dont you think?
08/22/2007 09:49:22 AM · #15
I would recommend - instead of the 50mm, get the 100mm 2.8 macro. A great portrait lens, good walk around lens AND does macros! More bang for your buck. :)
08/22/2007 09:52:17 AM · #16
I'm currently using;

50mm F1.8
70-300 IS F4-5.6
17-40mm F4L

I'm prob going to sell off the 70-300IS soon and get the 70-200L F2.8 but those lenses seem to cover everything Ive shot so far from landscape to macro to portraits... and have a macro ring adapter to put the 50mm on to the end of the 70-300 or the kit lens which works awesome.

-dave
08/22/2007 09:53:52 AM · #17
Originally posted by idnic:

I would recommend - instead of the 50mm, get the 100mm 2.8 macro. A great portrait lens, good walk around lens AND does macros! More bang for your buck. :)

I've got both, and like them both. My only beef with the 100mm on a 1.6 crop sensor is that I have to get pretty far back to get head-to-toe shots. But sweet for headshots & macros! You can feel the price difference when you hold them, but I haven't noticed it in the final product, other than a smoother bokeh in the 100mm.
08/22/2007 10:02:40 AM · #18
I haven't used one, but it seems like the Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8 IS would be a nice lens with some flexibility. I suppose it depends somewhat on the type of photography you normally do. Do you need speed or reach or both?
08/22/2007 10:05:58 AM · #19
Oh ya, with that new "cross" focus they advertise, f/2.8 and wider sounds like it might be even nicer to have???
08/22/2007 10:09:20 AM · #20
Originally posted by saiphfire:

The problem is that my ex had a bunch of lenses for a film camera so I never needed to buy any for the Rebel once I bought the body. I could look at the lenses we owned and pick the most appropriate one for the situation


Which lenses did you use the most? If we know that we'd be making more tailored recommendations.
08/31/2007 12:44:24 PM · #21
Help! Now that I'm ready to buy the 40D I'm not sure whether I should buy just the body or whether it's worthwhile to buy a body with a lens. Does anyone have an opinion on whether any of these lenses is worth the extra money or whether I should just go buy a quality lens to go with the body only?

-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR w/ EF 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Zoom Lens Kit, $1,599.00
-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR w/ EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom Lens Kit, $1,579.00
-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR w/ EF 18-55mm USM Zoom Lens Kit, $1,342.00
-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR (Body Only), $1,269.00
08/31/2007 01:09:41 PM · #22
The only lens you list on your profile is a fisheye, yet you've got shots in there clearly taken with other lenses. What lenses do you own? That would liekly impact the 'need' to get a lens with the body.
08/31/2007 01:12:33 PM · #23
Originally posted by routerguy666:

The only lens you list on your profile is a fisheye, yet you've got shots in there clearly taken with other lenses. What lenses do you own? That would liekly impact the 'need' to get a lens with the body.


As stated in her original post she no longer has access to the other lense, hence the question about which lens.

Originally posted by saiphfire:

Help! Now that I'm ready to buy the 40D I'm not sure whether I should buy just the body or whether it's worthwhile to buy a body with a lens. Does anyone have an opinion on whether any of these lenses is worth the extra money or whether I should just go buy a quality lens to go with the body only?

-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR w/ EF 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Zoom Lens Kit, $1,599.00
-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR w/ EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom Lens Kit, $1,579.00
-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR w/ EF 18-55mm USM Zoom Lens Kit, $1,342.00
-Canon EOS-40D 10.1 Megapixels Digital SLR (Body Only), $1,269.00


There are better lenses out there. It all depends on your overall budget and what you want to start with for what you intend to shoot.

Message edited by author 2007-08-31 13:14:03.
08/31/2007 01:53:09 PM · #24
So I take it none of the options I listed are a particularly great value? I thought maybe they would be since they're packaged w/ the body (so maybe cheaper than if bought separately)?
08/31/2007 01:55:53 PM · #25
Originally posted by saiphfire:

So I take it none of the options I listed are a particularly great value? I thought maybe they would be since they're packaged w/ the body (so maybe cheaper than if bought separately)?


Avoid those "packages"...they are more often than not ripoffs...Better to buy the Body only then pick and choose the lenses you want.
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