Getting a 20D

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  1. HoboSyke

    HoboSyke TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,im soon to be purchasing a canon 20D.

    Would the 18-55mm lens or 17-85 IS lens be better to start with and why?

    I can get either lens in a package with the body for about the same price.

    Thanks. :thumbup:
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    What are your goals?

    I'd get a 35 f/2 prime if I had to do it over again.
     
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    LOL. Im sorry but I dont know how to answer your question....

    I just want to take photos..

    So you'd get a 35mm lens with appeture f.2 ?

    I just want a basic good lens to start with then like the others have said I can learn what lenses I will need in the future. :lovey:
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    If they are the same price, get the 17-85 IS. I don't know if it's a better lens or not. They are both consumer lenses, but it's a nice zoom range, gives you IS, and will let you take some photos, and get a feel for what you like to shoot most. Then you can invest in something nicer. You might want to pick up a 50mm f/1.8 as well. It's very cheap.
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Yep. It's this little guy right here:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...ls&Q=&sku=12119&is=USA&addedTroughType=search

    Zooms are convenient and all that, but you'd learn a LOT more with a prime.

    I've been thinking about lenses, people here sum it up a lot better than I do:
    http://medfmt.8k.com/bronlensenvy.html
     
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    I'll agree to that. I have the 18-55mm kit lens. It does what I want to do, especially being new to the digital world. Either or , your gonna be really stoked with the 20D. Can't wait to upgrade to a few L series lenses in the future.
     
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    I see, you are using an f707, I have the 717 and find it able to do most things that I require, the lens it has is excellent, why change, is it an ego thing. I am considering bying a tele converter for mine to give more scope, also a macro converter, as well, all up 500$AU, much cheaper than where you heading. Ernie
     
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    You might want to double-check the price on those kits. It looks to me like the 17-85 IS kit costs almost $600 more than the 18-55. I see a Rebel XT with 17-85 IS for about the same price as a 20D with 18-55.

    If you go for a zoom, I would get the cheaper of the two. It's a good lens and you may end up wanting to go the prime route. The zoom can help you decide which primes are for you if you want to do that. I like to use a normal length prime, but I know one person who always goes wide angle and one who swears by what I would call portrait length.

    As for your motive in considering the 20D, I went from a DSC-F707 to a 10D and I don't feel bad about it. I got the SLR feel, less shutter lag, and a real viewfinder. I do love the Sony's swivel lens for ground level pet pictures though. I certainly don't think a 20D is an ego booster. It looks pretty anonymous compared to the giant lens on the DSC-F707.
     
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    Yeha the sony is not a bad camera at all.. But I just bought a 20D with 17-85mm IS lens. :hail: :hail:

    Battery is still charging up. Nearly ready.. WooHoo..
     
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    Yeah, if you can find a kit with the 17-85 IS for the same price as the 18-55 kit, go for it! Unless it's a scam. You aren't looking at Royal Cameras are you?
     
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    i'd be VERY wary if it was express cameras too.
     
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    No. Im from Australia. I got 20D body - 17-85 IS lens - 2x 512 CF cards for AU$3000
     

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