Have you ever faced the situation where you have to give advise to a friend who's not so well-versed with equipment choices?
I have a friend who specialises in fine-tuning precision shooting equipment (archery bows) and he needs cyrstal clear photos to post up electronically.
He has a Canon Rebel XT / may get the 580EX and now faces the problem of what lenses to choose (budget limited).
His first thought was to use a wide-angle to allow a shorter working diatance.
I honestly told him to stick to prime lenses like the good old 28mm and 50 mm since they;re are really sharp and very, very affordable. I also told him to stick with plain cloth backgrounds and move the bows further away from the BG ... and to learn how to use his flash creatively and to learn PhotoShop basics.
As he gets more opinions, he will also get more confused. He doesn;t want to make the 'wrong choice' and end up wasting $$$.
If you were in my position, what would you recommend, and why? Bear in mind that bows are generally long in shape and feature small, intricate detail.