Buying new gear, have some Qs!

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  1. Varuna

    Varuna TPF Noob!

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    Hey everyone, I'm new here, but have been browsing the forums for a week or so. Anyways, I'm starting to get pretty heavy into photography, and am planning to buy new equipment soon to replace my older Kodak EasyShare (solid P&S, but now that my new cell phone takes better shots, I think it's time to upgrade haha)

    So far I'm going for a Canon Rebel XTi (still have to check some out in person), and the local camera shop sells with with an EF-S 18-55mm UWZ lens. Are these decent lenses? I don't think I'll use it much, but I want one just in case.

    As well, are lens hoods a good idea for any lens type? I plan on getting 4 lenses within the next few months, and I'd like to have hoods, but I can only find ones that are for one specific lens. Are there universal rubber lens hoods for Canon DSLR lenses?

    Thanks!

    (P.S. - I'll be doing mostly outdoor shots, which is why I'm so concerned about lens hoods.)
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The hood you need should come with the lens you buy. Just remember if you do buy a rubber lens hood make sure you buy one that is made for your lens or if you are using it for a wide-angle lens you might get some vignetting.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    The 18-55mm lens is a good lens for the price (about $100 with camera)...but it was made to be affordable and therefore it's cheap and plasticy. If you can afford an upgrade, I'd recommend the EF-S 17-85 instead....or the 17-55 F2.8 IS, if can really afford an upgrade.

    As for hoods, JIP covered it. You can use those rubber hoods but you may get vignetting if the hood isn't right for the lens. I have a 58mm rubber hood and it does vignette on the 18-55mm lens. I find that it's best to stick with the hoods that are made for the specific lenses.
     
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    Great, thanks for the info guys! I'll definitely take a look at those other zoom lenses. I can get the camera cheaper without the 18-55mm, of course, so I'll probably buy the body seperately and grab one of those lenses you reccomended. I also didn't realize lenses came with hoods, it was never mentioned in online stores, must be one of those common things that's to be expected.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    They usually don't. The only lens that I own that came with a hood was the 70-200 F4L (I think all of the L lenses come with hoods ... don't they?).
     
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    I have 3 lenses (you can see them in my sig) 2 are 2.8 lenses and one is the 18-55 "kit" lens and all three came with lens hoods.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Really...?
    Must be a Nikon thing, Canon lenses don't come with hoods (other than the L lenses). That explains why Nikon lenses cost more...
     
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    Nikon lenses cost more? lol. Good one.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Don't they?
    It seems like they do on B&H. Or do I not know what to look for? (Which is possible, because I don't shoot Nikon, so I might not be comparing the right lens.)
    I thought there was even a thread about that somewhere on here.
     
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    Well maybe...but whenever I compare a similar lens with similar aperture and high quality glass...it's always cheaper to go Nikon apparently. ( I shoot Canon). Most Nikon lenses don't include an Autofocus motor...so...that probably helps.

    Like today when I was looking at the 70-200 vs Nikon's 80-200. Despicable...lol
     
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    I would gladly pay a little more (within reason) if it came with a hood. I never knew that Nikon lenses came with a hood, I guess Canon thinks that most people don't use them. I would use one on every lens I own, if I had them. I do have a couple (2), but not one for every lens.

    I don't think it's that much of a price difference - probably about the cost of the hood.
     

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