Canon 30D kits

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Which kit would you choose?

  1. 30D w/EF-S 17-85mm

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  2. 30D w/EF 28-135mm

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  3. Just 30D body and buy different lens

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  1. Photog38

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    I've been looking at the Canon 30D and have found two kits. One includes the EF-S 17-85mm (f/4-5.6 IS), and the other one includes the EF 28-135mm (f/3.5-5.6 IS). The 17-85 would be wider (27mm) than the 28-135 (45mm), but the 17-85 is EF-S. Maybe that isn't something I should worry about? But then again, the 28-135 is a tad faster at the wide angle. Both have IS, though.

    So, my question is this: if you had to choose between these two kits, which would you choose and why?
     
  2. WDodd

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    I would say it would depend on what you are looking to do with your camera, how much you are willing to spend, stuff like that.

    If I could go back in time instead of buying the 18-55 lens that comes with the XT I would get the 17-85.
     
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    I'd choose the Kit with the 17-85 IS. my brother in law does wedding photography with this lens, and loves the image quality. You'll use the wide angle more than you think you would. This kit will set you up with a good wide-angle zoom lens, and then you can later purchase a 70-200 and you'll have your entire range covered.

    Of course, this won't stop you from buying more and more lenses :D

    I've tested out both lenses for awhile, and they seem fairly similar (and very very nice), except for the zoom range.
     
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    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I second that. (buying the 17-85 instead of the kit lens)
     
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    So you would go with the 17-85 over the 28-135?
     
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    I agree, go with the 17-85 lens. Only having 28mm on the wide end would be a terrible inconvenience...for me anyway.

    Another option would be to go with something like the Canon 17-55 F2.8 IS...the bigger aperture is a god send. It's a bit expensive though but Tamron makes a great 17-50 F2.8 lens.
     
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    I would like to have the canon 100mm macro, but maybe I should start out with a basic zoom(?):er:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The 100mm macro is certainly a great lens...but only having that one lens might prove to be a bit limiting at times. :er:
     
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    That is exactly what I was thinking too. I guess if I got the 17-85, that would be a good basic lens to learn with (and for my first lens, I'd kind of like to have a zoom instead of a prime).
     
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    I think you should definitely go with a zoom. They are just more versatile in my mind.

    Mike had a good suggestion too the bigger aperture is great and thats one of the main reasons I use my 50mm f/1.8 so much.
     
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    I'll probably pick up the 50mm sometime soon after the zoom; It's so affordable.;)
     
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    Absolutely!
     

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