Looking to buy a lens

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by FieldsForests, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. FieldsForests

    FieldsForests TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2009
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am soon to buy a Canon 40D and am very curious which lens I should be looking to get? I am a beginner but am willing to learn very quickly how to use all of the functions of camera and practice (a lot) as I go hiking almost every day.

    Anyways, I was wondering what lens is recommended?

    My price range is 200-300 dollars CND used.

    Thankyou!
     
  2. Jaszek

    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    2,177
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    what will you be photographing?
     
  3. FieldsForests

    FieldsForests TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2009
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Mainly band portraits (of my band), insides of forests and distant landscapes.
     
  4. Big Mike

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

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,817
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    That budget won't get you much. I'd suggest the EF-S 18-55mm IS or the EF-S 17-85mm IS if you can find it for that price.

    I'm guessing that if you are going hiking, you will want to take landscape shots...and that usually (but not always) means that you will want a wider angle. 17-18mm is kind of wide on that camera...but not really wide.

    Or maybe you are more interested in shooting wildlife, in which case you might want a longer lens. You might be able to get the 28-135mm IS lens for that price. You could get a 75-300mm lens, but it would be very limiting if that was your only lens.
     
  5. FieldsForests

    FieldsForests TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2009
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Isn't that lens priced at only a 100$?

    I found a Tamron SP AF17-35/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) for $250, is this a good lens?
     
  6. bdavis

    bdavis TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Messages:
    784
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Mike's got some good advice. I would get one of the zooms that he suggested. However, if you are looking at doing some portraits, you must consider the nifty fifty lens, 50mm f/1.8. It's a fast lens and good for portraits/low light photography.
     
  7. SlimPaul

    SlimPaul TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Messages:
    437
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    First, ask yourself why you chose Canon. You may regret your decision later. Anyway, in that price range, you can get a decent 18-55mm lens.
     

Share This Page