Have it narrowed down to these lenses...nees input

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  1. mckinj

    mckinj TPF Noob!

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    Well I am brand new to this and have been reading and researching on which lenses I want to get. I live way up in the arctic and have a lot of both wildlife and scenery that I would love to photograph. Up here you need to have hobbies and this is now mine. I have a new rebel xti and I am looking at the following lenses and would like some input (guidence) on which are both quailty and properly priced

    Wide angle

    Canon EF 28mm F/1.8 USM

    Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

    Zoom/Telephoto

    Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

    Canon EF 70-300 F/4-5.6 IS USM

    If there is a lense that I have not mentioned let me know...also I am looking to try my hand at photographing some northern lights. Any tips are more than welcome

    Thanks
    Jamie
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Wildlife photography? The answer is easy... get the longest lens you can. In your case, the 70-300 is the longest in your list... however I would tend to go for something faster.

    Something in a 70-200 F/2.8 and a 1.5-2.0 teleconverter will do you justice up there in the great white north.
     
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    Tighearnach TPF Noob!

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    If you have a less than full frame sensor then i would avoid the 28mm wide angle prime although its prob a very nice lens. The 10-22 would suit a digital rebel better i think. Sigma also do a 10-20mm lens which is supposed to be excellent. It may be cheaper than the Canon too.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sounds like a great place to be! So whereabout do you live exactly? Make sure to post lots of images on here :)


    I did arktic hiking some years ago with the 28mm f/1.8 and the 50mm f/1.4 only. This was a great combination on 35mm format. Although the 50mm was a bis short for the shy kind of wildlife.

    however, this was on 35mm ... on an aps-c sensor with its crop factor the 28mm will not be wide enough in many cases.

    My suggestion would be a wide zoom like the one you mentioned, or the Sigma equivalent. Then you could have a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 depending on your budget and maybe a 300mm f/4 L prime if you can afford (maybe plus a kenko teleconverter). not a cheap solution, but a rather versatile and not too heavy. And with the 50mm you would really have something for low light and shallow DOF, which would be long enough for the slow or less shy wildlife ;).
     
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    mckinj TPF Noob!

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    Well I am in Inuvik, North West Territories Canada...it is nice and a lot of beautiful scenery and wildlife so why not take up photography. I do already have the 50mm 1.8 so now just looking to get a couple more nice lenses to be versitile.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    well, we are certainly looking forward to see first images :)
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    too late over here.. cannot spell anymore ;)
     
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    How about the Sigma 70-300 Macro? Heard lots of good things about it..
     

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