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    Hi ppl, i will be purchasing a 40D... but was wondering if i'm not going to take the kit lens, which lens can i go for it? Which lens can offer me for portrait taking as well as landscape? I know there are different lens for different purposes. But is there a lens which can have both the requirements that i want and is not that ex? ( Maybe similar to the kit lens but is better and not tat ex.) And what lens die die is worth getting my hands on it?

    My budget is ard $2000 for the whole set.

    Thanks for all the help ppl...

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    If you do not want the kit lens, you could go for the kit lens II, which is the 17-85.

    die die worth getting with the 40D would be the tamron 17-50 2.8.

    that would give you a standard zoom for a 1.6x cam.

    but if you can stretch that dollar a bit, i would suggest a 50mm 1.8 for portraits too.

    the tamron would come in useful in landscapes. its not UWA, but it works pretty well. nonetheless, if you're new to photography, the 18-55 IS would let you learn from it pretty well.

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    Please go for the kit I lens - the 18-55mm IS. It performs better optically than the more expensive 17-85mm IS. It offers the best bang for buck when you are starting with photography.

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    OH...thanks for the recommendation guys.

    Guess for my budget i should go for the 18-55mm IS. Yup, will be getting a 50mm F1.8 for portrait taking...

    But there's a recent post on problems with the prime lens. Do you guys encounter it? Thou the post is for a nikon lens.

    Should i buy it the prime lens on the spot when i get the cam or should i get it from oracle? Cause i know that he is seller lens at a cheaper price.

    Was also thinking if i should go for flash guns or lens 1st also...

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    Quote Originally Posted by iRaphael View Post
    If you do not want the kit lens, you could go for the kit lens II, which is the 17-85.

    die die worth getting with the 40D would be the tamron 17-50 2.8.

    that would give you a standard zoom for a 1.6x cam.

    but if you can stretch that dollar a bit, i would suggest a 50mm 1.8 for portraits too.

    the tamron would come in useful in landscapes. its not UWA, but it works pretty well. nonetheless, if you're new to photography, the 18-55 IS would let you learn from it pretty well.
    Erm, sorry ar, still a newbie to the photography world...

    what do you mean by it will give me a standard zoom?

    How much is the tamron lens selling? And what is UWA?

    Its there any good bargains for telephotos zoom lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rongwei82 View Post
    Erm, sorry ar, still a newbie to the photography world...

    what do you mean by it will give me a standard zoom?

    How much is the tamron lens selling? And what is UWA?

    Its there any good bargains for telephotos zoom lens?
    Standard zoom is the usual range.. 18ish to 50plus-ish

    UWA is ultra wide angle, 10ish to 20ish.

    Good bargain = 55-250mm IS, 360 bucks.
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    just stick to 18-55 kit and get a cheap f1.8 prime . Tamron retails at 500+onwards if u want that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GavinTing View Post
    Standard zoom is the usual range.. 18ish to 50plus-ish

    UWA is ultra wide angle, 10ish to 20ish.

    Good bargain = 55-250mm IS, 360 bucks.
    Which means that the 18-55mm IS and the 17-50mm coverage is almost the same after the 1.6x crop factor? The difference is just the IS capability and the aperture?

    Bro, your 55-250mm IS @ 360, where you bought it? What brand?

    My friend just got a canon 85-300mm ard $300. But he says is quite a old lens thou.

    And does canon have a motor for focusing in the body? Or just the lens only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rongwei82 View Post
    Which means that the 18-55mm IS and the 17-50mm coverage is almost the same after the 1.6x crop factor? The difference is just the IS capability and the aperture?


    Bro, your 55-250mm IS @ 360, where you bought it? What brand?
    Yes. Almost same range. Just that one got IS whereas the other has constant f2.8 aperture.
    The 55-250mm IS is a Canon lens. It will be a good tele lens to compliment the 18-55mm IS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rongwei82 View Post

    My friend just got a canon 85-300mm ard $300. But he says is quite a old lens thou.
    The lens is probably an FD mount instead of the newer EF/EF-S. Mount will not be compatible with your 40D unless you use an adapter.

    Quote Originally Posted by rongwei82 View Post

    And does canon have a motor for focusing in the body? Or just the lens only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rongwei82 View Post
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    My friend just got a canon 85-300mm ard $300. But he says is quite a old lens thou.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    The lens is probably an FD mount instead of the newer EF/EF-S. Mount will not be compatible with your 40D unless you use an adapter.
    ...
    I think he meant 75-300mm

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    oh ok..thanks for all the replies man.. really appreciate a lot.

    My friend selling me 28-135mm IS F3.5-5.6 at $500...worth it? How much is the market price for tat lens now?

    But i'm really thinking of getting the 55-250mm IS F4-5.6 @ 360...
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    hi , can i know what the 55-250mm is good for?

    im interested in purchasing it too but wanna know what its gd for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainsmith View Post
    hi , can i know what the 55-250mm is good for?

    im interested in purchasing it too but wanna know what its gd for?
    I personally use it mainly for events... =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainsmith View Post
    hi , can i know what the 55-250mm is good for?

    im interested in purchasing it too but wanna know what its gd for?
    How can you be interested in buying things with no clue what to use it for? Better get rid of the 'bbb virus' and focus on taking pictures.
    Buy equipment only when you see that you need it in order to achieve something that you have in mind. Never buy equipment with the idea "let's see what it is good for".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainsmith View Post
    hi , can i know what the 55-250mm is good for?

    im interested in purchasing it too but wanna know what its gd for?
    You will know what it is good for, when you realise you need something between 55mm to 250mm, and it leaves you cursing at every outing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainsmith View Post
    hi , can i know what the 55-250mm is good for?

    im interested in purchasing it too but wanna know what its gd for?
    What is the point of wanting to buy something that you have no known use for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    What is the point of wanting to buy something that you have no known use for?
    Quote Originally Posted by mountainsmith View Post
    hi , can i know what the 55-250mm is good for?

    im interested in purchasing it too but wanna know what its gd for?
    Paper weight..?
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    So let's say I want to get a lens which allows me to cover events (eg. school concerts, gatherings, etc.), which lens should I look out for?

    I'm currently still using the 400D kit lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linkster View Post
    So let's say I want to get a lens which allows me to cover events (eg. school concerts, gatherings, etc.), which lens should I look out for?

    I'm currently still using the 400D kit lens.
    From using your kit lens, what do you find lacking?

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