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Standard User metalhead41
(knowledge is power) Wed 19-Jan-11 13:24:41
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Lens help


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I currently own 3 lenses for my eos400d and am looking for some advice as to what lens I should purchase next.

I currently own the following:
18-55mm kit lens that comes with the 400d
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom AF Lens
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens

At the moment I seem to use the kit lens the most (as it offers the wide angle), but it doesn't seem to produce the best image quality (yes I know that is partly photographer tongue) but the other two lenses I own seem to work pretty well...

So any recommendations you guys can offer on a better quality lens would be appreciated, I am sort of tempted by this one but is it a good choice? I am open to other options such as Tamron/Sigma etc...

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Standard User jonathanHodd
(knowledge is power) Wed 19-Jan-11 14:59:29
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sigma 10-20mm.

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Standard User Kenneth
(legend) Wed 19-Jan-11 18:00:20
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A couple of reviews - A Review - and anther and some user reviews Link for comparison - Kit lens review

I would look at the ones from about 17 - 50mm and compare them, probably worth having a look in dpreview forums and similar

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Standard User sjr
(knowledge is power) Wed 19-Jan-11 18:27:07
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A lot depends on what you want to use a new lens for as well as a budget, it is kind of hard to recommend a lens without those two pieces of information.
Standard User metalhead41
(knowledge is power) Wed 26-Jan-11 12:01:14
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Any particular reason why I should look at that lens?

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Standard User metalhead41
(knowledge is power) Wed 26-Jan-11 12:01:42
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Cheers, I'll head on over there and have a look...

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Standard User metalhead41
(knowledge is power) Wed 26-Jan-11 12:04:30
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Erm, the lens is really just to replace the standard canon kit lens. I use it for numerous things such as sports, landscapes, portraits etc... I would like to do more night photography as well. My budget will probably be less than £500 but I need to get the money together first before I can make a firm decision on budget...

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Standard User jonathanHodd
(knowledge is power) Thu 27-Jan-11 08:52:07
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You mentioned you're still using the kit lens because of the wider angle it offers, and I figured you'd go wider if you had the choice. The siggy 10-20 is generally the best of the sensibly-priced super-wides.

My logic was that generally speaking, if you have a super-wide and a 50, you don't tend to miss the in-between by tons - the top end of the siggy will give you close to a 35mm view on your 400D. OK, so you miss the 'true 50mm' view, but really, 35mm is far more interesting anyway.

Shooting wide is definitely my favourite range - I used to really enjoy my Tokina 12-24 on my DX bodies and I adore my 20mm f/2.8 on my D700, which gives me a similar view to the Tokina, or 35mm if I bolt it to my D300 (not that my D300 comes out much these days, it'll have to go on ebay soon I think)

As far as sport goes, speaking as a semi-pro horseracing photographer, I can count the number of venues where I'm standing so close that my 70-200 f/2.8 is too long on one finger. For that eventuality I use my D300+17-55 f/2.8, so your nifty fifty covers that one anyway.

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Standard User Old_Git
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 18-Feb-11 23:50:15
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As an alternative... consider concentrating on the 50mm prime. Learn to love it. Specialise in it. Learn to use it manually, and for different types of photography, certainly portrait and close features, but even for landscape. Try living without a zoom. Learn how to optimise depth of field and 'bokeh'.

I'm only using a £100 setup, but using a Pentax K110D and an old manual focus 50mm F1.7 I have loads of fun: My 50mm manual focus gallery

Standard User jonathanHodd
(knowledge is power) Mon 21-Feb-11 08:08:26
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The OP already owns a 50mm prime, he listed it wink

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