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    Default What lens to buy?

    Hi! I've been using a 300D with the kit lens (i think its a 35-50mm)for quite a while and i think it's high time to get another lens.

    I need a lens with better range and for low light situations w/o using flash. I have a tendency to zoom all the way in and shoot from far which is one of the main reasons i don't use flash. I have a budget of $1k +/- 200 but im willing to spend a little bit more if a better alternative is available. I read somewhere i need a lens with a minimum of f/2.8 to be somewhat effective.

    Maybe im asking too much but $1k enuff ma? I still noob. :/

    Can anyone give me any recommendations? It doesn't have to be a Canon lens. A compatible 3rd party will be fine.
    Last edited by BaneMKII; 3rd April 2009 at 04:24 PM.

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    tamron 17-50mm f2.8... fast and sharp.

    cost about 600 plus 1st hand. 500 plus 2nd hand
    60D,Tamron17-50 f2.8, 430EXII

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaneMKII View Post
    Hi! I've been using a 300D with the kit lens (i think its a 35-50mm)for quite a while and i think it's high time to get another lens.

    I need a lens with better range and for low light situations w/o using flash. I have a tendency to zoom all the way in and shoot from far which is one of the main reasons i don't use flash. I have a budget of $1k +/- 200 but im willing to spend a little bit more if a better alternative is available. I read somewhere i need a lens with a minimum of f/2.8 to be somewhat effective.

    Maybe im asking too much but $1k enuff ma? I still noob. :/

    Can anyone give me any recommendations? It doesn't have to be a Canon lens. A compatible 3rd party will be fine.
    Do you need wide angle or long telezoom?
    Alpha

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    Default Re: What lens to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by BaneMKII View Post
    Hi! I've been using a 300D with the kit lens (i think its a 35-50mm)for quite a while and i think it's high time to get another lens.

    I need a lens with better range and for low light situations w/o using flash. I have a tendency to zoom all the way in and shoot from far which is one of the main reasons i don't use flash. I have a budget of $1k +/- 200 but im willing to spend a little bit more if a better alternative is available. I read somewhere i need a lens with a minimum of f/2.8 to be somewhat effective.

    Maybe im asking too much but $1k enuff ma? I still noob. :/

    Can anyone give me any recommendations? It doesn't have to be a Canon lens. A compatible 3rd party will be fine.
    what's your shooting style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benleekc View Post
    tamron 17-50mm f2.8... fast and sharp.

    cost about 600 plus 1st hand. 500 plus 2nd hand
    But is 17-50mm enough? The distance i shoot is like um... a portrait shot across a single lane, 2-way street.

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    My habits ah.... mostly sniping in low light situations. Kinda like bird shooting right after sunset. Kinda like 6.30pm in the evening when it's not dark yet not bright either. And no, dont need wide angle. tele-zoom will do fine.
    Last edited by BaneMKII; 3rd April 2009 at 04:36 PM.

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    then get the tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro...
    60D,Tamron17-50 f2.8, 430EXII

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaneMKII View Post
    But is 17-50mm enough? The distance i shoot is like um... a portrait shot across a single lane, 2-way street.
    Aaah, ok, so you need tele.

    portrait across a 2-lane street in low light? Are you taking pictures of your pretty neighbor in her bedroom?

    Just look at the canon pricelist posted here:

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=465032

    You'll see the 200mm f/2.8, the sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM, etc etc etc

    Good tele with wide aperture plus cheap doesn't really exist yet.
    Alpha

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    since you say you usually take from quite a distance and a f2.8
    i was thinking 70-200 f2.8 non-is but is over ur budget if not you can go for prime lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Aaah, ok, so you need tele.

    portrait across a 2-lane street in low light? Are you taking pictures of your pretty neighbor in her bedroom?

    Just look at the canon pricelist posted here:

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=465032

    You'll see the 200mm f/2.8, the sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM, etc etc etc

    Good tele with wide aperture plus cheap doesn't really exist yet.
    Haha unfortunately my neighbourhood got no chio bu, even if have i also wun do something like that and get myself into these kinds of trouble. Cheap isn't really too big an issue, just concerned about lens durability and picture quality. dun't want take 1/2 way lens conk out.

    Quote Originally Posted by o0darkn3ss0o View Post
    since you say you usually take from quite a distance and a f2.8
    i was thinking 70-200 f2.8 non-is but is over ur budget if not you can go for prime lens
    USM can already, hands steady enuff to do w/o IS. I was thinking of prime lens too because cheap and everything comes out solid. But no variable range gives me little to work with.

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    Default Re: What lens to buy?

    How large do you want to print?
    If only 4R or 5R, you could still still get a prime lens in the 130-150mm range and crop as necessary.
    But I think 300D resolution isn't too high. Something like a 450D would give you enough leeway to crop.
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    How large do you want to print?
    If only 4R or 5R, you could still still get a prime lens in the 130-150mm range and crop as necessary.
    But I think 300D resolution isn't too high. Something like a 450D would give you enough leeway to crop.
    Don't think printing is on his plans; his main consideration is getting a hih enough shutter speed at tele, so he needs f/2.8 or f/4
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    Default Re: What lens to buy?

    i seldom do prints unless the pictures turn up really nice. but yeah usually 4R n put on a wall.
    i think the sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM should suffice.
    Last edited by BaneMKII; 4th April 2009 at 12:52 AM.

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