Anti shake/ vibraton compensation lens?

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  1. Naturallyred

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    Hey everyone!

    Im in the market for a new lens that has anti shake or vibration compenation. I own a rebel canon xti and don't want to spend any more than $300-$325ish. I'd like it to be 18-75mm or something close to it. I mostly shoot portrait's.....if that matters at all.

    Can anyone help me find a good lens?

    Thanks!
     
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    I have a Canon 17-85 IS that I really like. You can get it from B&H for $515. I'm considering selling mine soon to put that towards a 17-55 f/2.8 IS.

    (PM me if you are interested in buying it :))
     
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    In that price range, it'll be hard. Maybe the new EF 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS. Dunno street price on it or quality but anything else is in the $600+ range. For portraits, you might look into a fast prime lens. Like the 50 f/1.4 or 85 f/1.8. A large aperature, sharp prime is always desirable for portraits and low-light over IS anyday. Both are around your price range.
     
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    What lens do you have now? Soylentgreen had a good idea for fast primes instead of a zoom (for portraits)
     
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    Right now I use what the XTi- it's basic but works for now. I've actually never hear of a fast prime. What is that exactly? I'm really open for anything as long as it helps me in the studio in low light for portraits.
     
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    oooh, you are missing out! Go buy a 50mm f/1.8 right now! It's only $89 and will be the best $89 you'll ever spend. It'll give you a great foreground/background blur that will really enhance portraits. Not to mention it does BETTER in low-light than a f/4.0-5.6 IS lens. It's small, lightweight, doesn't zoom, 50mm is a great portrait length on a crop body.
     
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    Tripods are good. ;)
     
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    Awesome I will get one of those asap!! Thank for the info. Can yo ugive me a link to get it??

    I don't like using a tripod because they just don't give me the movement/angles I need. Maybe thats because I use a cheap one. :D Maybe a mono-pod would work? But then there is always movement frm the subject when using a tri/mono-pod.

    Look's like I'm going with the lense.
     
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    I second the nifty fifty for portraits. If you can afford a bit more cash, the 50mm f/1.4 is a nicer lens. The 85mm f/1.8 and the 100mm macro are also good lenses for this work.

    This just means you haven't found a tripod that fits our needs. Monopod is a compromise. Rarely do I see portrait photographers in a studio ~not~ use some sort of support. Since you mentioned "Anti-shake/vibration" in your title, it is the assumption that handshake is the issue of which the best solution is a support.

    Yes.. you are right but then again "anti-shake/vibration" lenses such as Canon's IS and Nikons VR also will not solve blur occurring from subject movement... which brings us back to your title of the thread.
     
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    At $85, the "nifty fifty" EF 50mm f/1.8 II is Canon's cheapest EF lens, but it has a wide aperture and can take very good photos despite its plastic housing. Here are a couple of reviews:
    http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/Can.../160-canon-ef-50mm-f18-ii-test-report--review
    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-50mm-f-1.8-II-Lens-Review.aspx

    The $430 Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM might be a useful choice if 30mm is the focal length for you and you want a really wide aperture. The field of view with this lens is equivalent to 48mm on a full-frame sensor, making it similar to the classic 50mm. Here's a review:
    http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/Can...gma-af-30mm-f14-ex-hsm-dc-test-report--review
    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-30mm-f-1.4-EX-DC-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx


    There are several direct replacements for your kit lens, if you just want a better quality zoom with the same range.

    The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens that Soylentgreen suggested from the Rebel XSi kit goes for $175, but it is backordered everywhere. The $400 Tamron AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II would be an intermediate step short of the excellent $1000 EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.
     
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    The range of the 17-85 is awsome. At my school we have them on the 40D's and they're fun to use, but the images look terrible. It's not a sharp lens at all.
     
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    I'm so confused and stumped on which lens to get. I don't want to get the nifty fifty because I like to be able to zoom a bit for head shot's and then full body shot's. I just don't think it would be comfortable for me. But then I thought I would get a lens that was 17-85 or something really close to that but now I hear the image quality is bad- not sharp enough. I'm not sure what I'm going to do- any other suggestions that wont cost me an arm and a leg?

    Thanks to everyone!!
     

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