Canon Lens Your ideas please

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  1. ryyback

    ryyback TPF Noob!

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    Hey all,

    As you can see I am a noobie-D'OH.
    I have a Canon XTi and would like to addCanon EF 75-300mm and Canon EF-S 17-55 to my collection. I see the price difference in these too but I have heard they are pretty good lenses?
    I have read that some people keep the 75-300 for doing a lot of things including weddings etc.
    What are your thoughts? I have read so much today that my head hurts real bad-LOL
    Thanks all, and glad I found this forum-:p
     
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    I'm new to all of this too, so I can't help you, but I totally agree with the above statement.
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think you may have mis-read that. This would be a poor choice for shooting weddings. The reason is that the maximum aperture of this lens is rather small, especially at the long end of the zoom. The max aperture is listed in the name of the lens; in this case it's F4-5.6. (the larger the F number, the smaller the aperture).

    The other lens, is actually one of the best lenses for shooting weddings. Firstly, it has a maximum aperture of F2.8 (which is big for a zoom lens)...and it keeps that maximum aperture even at the long end of the zoom. 2nd, that lens has Image Stabilization (IS), and thirdly, that is a high quality lens, which means it produces sharp, contrasty images. Of course, it's many times more expensive than the first lens.

    I use wedding photography as an example because it can be one of the most challenging and demanding types of photography. If you are shooting in favorable conditions (lots of light), the 75-300 is actually a decent lens, especially for the price.
     
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    Thanks Mike. I told you my brain was getting sore. I believe I did read that wrong. I seen the prices on the Canon EF-S 17-55 and I'll start saving now-lol.
    I look forward though to getting these 2 at some point.
     
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    The 17-55 is on my list of things to buy. I am hoping to replace my kit lens with that.

    I have the 75-300 and it is just OK. A lot of people don't like it from what I read. But I have seen a couple of those either in the buy section on this forum or the buy/sell section at photography on the net forums. I can't remember which.
     
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    I'm looking at this one also-Canon EF 100-400mm
    I do have to say, these are not cheap-lol
     
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    The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L? That is my dream lens at this point! :)
     
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    The cheapest one I have found so far is $1700, and I would expect the wife to boot me out just after I bought it-lolol
     
  9. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You seem to be looking at lenses that are fairly different.

    What are you planning on shooting, for the most part? Different lenses are better suited to different things.

    The EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS, is a great lens...probably the best one in that range. Although the EF 16-35 F2.8 L, is a great lens...as is the EF 17-40 F4L (although it's slower).

    You can look outside of Canon as well. I have the Tamron 17-50 F2.8. The large maximum aperture of F2.8 makes it great for weddings etc. and the image quality is quite high. The price is less than half of the 17-55. Sigma also makes an 18-50 F2.8 lens.

    As for a telephoto...what do you plan to shoot with it? The 100-400 L, is a great lens (especially the IS version)...however, it's got a small maximum aperture, just like the 75-300. The 100-400 L, is a high quality lens though...with great image quality.

    If you want a telephoto that is more suited to weddings or sports, then you will want to look at the 70-200 F2.8 IS. There are actually 4 versions of the 70-200....[F4 L] [F4 L IS] [F2.8 L] [F2.8 L IS]. Each one is a very high quality lens.

    Going back to weddings, as an example...the ultimate kit (these days) seems to be the 17-55 F2.8 IS & the 70-200 F2.8 L IS. Then mix in a very fast (big aperture) prime lens like the 50mm F1.4 or the 80mm F1.2 L...and maybe the EF-S 10-22 for wide angle. This is for 1.6 crop cameras like yours. If we were talking about a camera with a bigger sensor (1Ds II), then we couldn't use the 17-55 and would put in the 24-70 F2.8 L, instead.
     
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    I suggest the Canon 70-200 F/4 L or 70-200 F/2.8 L

    The f/4 model is a lot of lens for relatively not a lot of money.

    -L series glass
    -metal barrel construction and mount
    -USM motor supporting FTM (full time manual)
    -constant zoom range
    -$570-ish USD for the f/4 or roughly $1,100-ish for the f2.8
     
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    Thanks Mike and everyone-:hugs:

    I plan on using the camera for just about everything. Hopefully in the future for weddings maybe, a big maybe.

    Here is the short list-
    EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS or
    Tamron 17-50 F2.8

    70-200 F2.8 L IS
    75-300.
    Now for these 2 lenses, I just looked at the prices. $2000+ for the 70-200 as opposed to $200 for the 75-300-
    One is newer I would take it?

    How's that Mike?
    The Tamron on eBay anyway is a whole cheaper. Is the Tamron compatible with Canon, or do we need an adapter?
     
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    Canon Mount Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM - $900 or so from some guy at Red Flag deals.
    That's not to bad?
     

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