Need opinion on DSLR and lenses.

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by bisdakr, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    Im planning on purchasing some lense for my new xti and I was told these lenses listed bellow are pretty good, If you guys own this lense could you post a picture taken by this lense, just wanted to see what the lense is capable of. Also I was second guessing my self, if I should have gotten the D80 instead of the XTi for the camera experts out there, are there any major differences between these two? I can still get the D80 when it does become availabe and return the XTi, its just that D80s are sold out right now at my local CC.

    1.[FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Canon Telephoto EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Autofocus Lens

    2.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Canon Telephoto EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens[/FONT]
     
  2. Big Mike

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

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,822
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I wouldn't second guess yourself about the camera choice...they are both very good cameras.

    Both of those lenses are very good. I don't have either...but I wish I did. The 100mm has a slightly smaller maximum aperture...but it has the ability to focus close enough to be called a Macro lens. If you are into close-up (macro) photography...then this would be a good choice.

    The 85mm is faster (F1.8 ) and probably a fair bit cheaper. It's a great portrait lens.
     
  3. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    could I also use the macro lense for any other picture, or is it just for close ups? also when it says auto focus, does it mean it only auto focus and doesn't have manual focus features?
     
  4. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2007
    Messages:
    1,171
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Chicago burbs
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Each camera has its strengths & weaknesses. The XTi is probably the highest-rated camera for its specs & price bracket. Rest easy, my friend. Yes, they're both good lenses too.

    The macro lens is usually more of a specialty lens you get after you have the basic ranges covered, from wide angle to telephoto.

    If you *know* you want to do macro photography, it is another story. DO you know? ;)
     
  5. Peanuts

    Peanuts TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    2,905
    Likes Received:
    85
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    The 100mm defintely has manual focus as well - if you are doing macro shots, it is almost necessary to use manual focus due to the very narrow DOF. The person here who probably knows the most about macro is woodsac.

    The 100mm can be used for lots more than macro, including portraits - I have used one several times for portraits and the bokeh is amazing.

    Here is a macro shot with a x2 teleconvertor. The bug was probably 3-4mm in length.

    [​IMG]

    and a not so technically perfect 'portrait'

    [​IMG]

    The only down sides of the 100mm for portraiture on the XTi is the crop factor. You may have to stand 2-4m away from your subject to get a shoulders and up shot.
     
  6. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    well I don't really know as of yet but those lenses are what I was thinking of getting in the near future for taking pictures of everything in combination with the kit lense 18-55 f3.5-5.6 and 50mm f1.8. the reason im interested in the macro lense if because ive been taking a lot of close ups, like roses, plants and close up portraits of people, but never handled a macro before. Was wondering If i could use it for other types of pictures other than macro. didn't see the above post. thanks for the pictures, they look great. So I can use macro for other shots, cool. I love the narrow DOF.
     
  7. Peanuts

    Peanuts TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    2,905
    Likes Received:
    85
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If I were you, I would go down to your local camera store and ask to just try it out in the store. That will give you a better feel of whether it is what you are looking for or not.
     
  8. thebeginning

    thebeginning TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    Messages:
    3,795
    Likes Received:
    29
    Location:
    Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    both lenses are excellent. most of the time they are pretty equal in sharpness, but it can vary from copy to copy...but they are VERY sharp overall.

    posting images taken with the lens wouldn't really help, as you can't really tell a difference in sharpenss and CA unless you're viewing a 100% crop. but if you want more info on the two lenses, here is a great place for reviews:

    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html


    IMO you should just stick with the xti...it's a great camera (not necessarily very better or worse when compared to the d80 anyway) and you'll need to stick with one eventually :)
     
  9. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2004
    Messages:
    5,346
    Likes Received:
    65
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I can't speak for the 100mm macro, (other than I've only heard good things), but I do own the 85mm f/1.8, and it is a fantastic sharp lens. Build is great with a ring USM motor, and full time manual focusing.
     
  10. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I too like the 85mm f1.8 lens. Next to the 50mm f1.8, this is one of Canon's best buys. Good build quality, USM, and optics. The 100mm macro is also known as a great portrait lens although I have no first hand experience with it. On a 1.6x DSLR, I'd probably find the 100mm lens a bit too long for portraits.

    Dug up one of my first photos with the 85mm f/1.8:

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2007
    Messages:
    1,171
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Chicago burbs
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Sometimes, macros are too sharp for portrait work, unless you soften it up in software. They are so sharp that they show every pore & blemish in a person's face.
     
  12. bisdakr

    bisdakr TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    thanks for the reply guys, so the 85mm f1.8 would be better for portrait work?how about the 50mm f1.8 would that be good for portraits? or would you have to get really close to the subjects with this lense?
     

Share This Page