Starter Lens Kit

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  1. TiCoyote

    TiCoyote TPF Noob!

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    A little about me:
    Years ago, I shot all over Europe with a 35mm Canon Rebel 2000 with a 35-50 mm Canon cheap-o zoom lens with a cracked collar. But now I mostly do snapshots with a Sony CyberShot.

    Last week, my mom was showing me her new Nikon DSLR, and I remembered how much I missed manual shooting.

    So my g/f pulled out her Digital Rebel from the closet, handed it to me, and said, "If you know how to use it, have fun."

    Mostly I shoot outdoor stuff. I like doing cities and beaches. I usually have the camera in the aperture-priority setting, and I shoot with a wide aperture a lot.

    What I have:
    The camera is a Canon Digital Rebel.
    Her lens is the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens
    My lens is the super cheapie canon standard zoom with the cracked collar.

    Problems:
    The IS lens is big and heavy and expensive and I'm not shooting in low light, so I don't really need the IS.

    The other lens is more comfortable to use, but some of my pics look washed out, so I'm afraid it leaks light.

    What I want:
    I want one or two lenses that will cover the 18-300mm zoom range (or some part of it, 28-200 would be fine).
    I want good optics.
    I want something that's durable and not too bulky.
    I'd rather go cheaper so I'll be less afraid of breakage and theft.

    Price Range:
    $200-300

    I considered:
    Tamron Zoom Super Wide Angle 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens for Canon Digital EOS $260

    and

    TamronUSA Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-200mm Super Zoom f/3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS $235

    and

    Tamron 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Two Lens Kit for Canon EOS $210

    and

    Tamron 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Two Lens Kit for Canon Digital EOS Cameras $160

    Questions:
    1. I understand that Tamron makes a good value for money lens, anyone want to debate this?

    2. It looks like the lenses with the wider zoom range are higher quality lenses, but I understand that lenses with a wide zoom range yield disappointing results including distortion and lack of adequate light (slow?).

    3. Would I be better off with entirely different lenses? Perhaps prime lenses, or one zoom and two primes? I like the flexibility of zooms.




    ALSO:
    At some point, I'd like to upgrade to the Rebel XSi, because I'd like to shoot in B&W, and I'd like to get more than 4 shots out of a burst. And I think it's a little lighter.

    Thank you
     
  2. CyclonePWR

    CyclonePWR TPF Noob!

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    You should really do B&W conversion in post production using some kind of photoshop software. The XSi does not shot in B&W but just converts it in camera.

    I dont get more than 3-4 in burst mode on the XSI while ussing RAW, more like 3 and I use a fast SD card 30mb/sec.
     

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