View Full Version : Lens Suggestions
07-26-2006, 04:42 PM
Okay, I know that this has been asked a million times but here is one million and one...
I have a Digital Rebel- the 18-55mm lens that came with it, and have added the 50mm 1.8f already. I would now like to add a high-quality, adjustable focal point lens. I don't need a super zoom, not doing nature shots or anything here- suggestions, please? Thanks in advance...
07-26-2006, 04:47 PM
you mean adjustable zoom i'm taking right?
There is a tamron 28-75 2.8 that is nice. I have it, not as tack sharp like your 50mm 1.8 since its a prime but its nice having a bit of option with zoom and still a fairly wide aperture.
07-26-2006, 04:54 PM
Yes, that is what I meant... doh! One of those "I am choosing not to take a nap" days, so my mind is not what it used to be! LOL! Thanks for the suggestion!
07-27-2006, 12:15 AM
I know a lot of people (ranging from scrappers to pros) who are thrilled with the Tammy suggested above.
I have two questions before I make any suggestions. What do you feel is wrong with the kit lens (as in, is it too slow, not enough zoom, image quality, etc) and probably most important, what's your budget?
07-27-2006, 09:55 AM
Okay, Thanks for the clarifying questions, Lauren... I would like to add some range to the current lens and would like a faster autofocus, hence the upgrade- cost is not too terribly important, probably less than $300 or so, preferably!
07-27-2006, 01:11 PM
Ok if you can stretch your budget a little bit or pick it up used, I'd probably still recommend the Tamron although I have heard mixed things about its focus speed and low-light ability - I'm sure owners will be happy to let you know what it's like. The other option is the Sigma offering in the same range - Sigma 28-70 2.8 EX DG. Also well reviewed and coming in 5c under budget on Amazon. ;)
Both of these are fairly noisy to focus. I'd say similar to your 50mm 1.8 so if that's going to annoy you on your main zoom, you may have to up the budget a little and look at some of the Canon USM offerings (28-135, 17-85, etc).
07-27-2006, 02:50 PM
I agree, I have heard that with the tamron you kinda have to luck out, if possible I would recommend buying in store and testing a couple. I got mine used and not sure if its a little off but I do have some problems with focusing. Definately not as easy or quick to focus as my 50mm.
Unfortunately in terms of cameras and lenses - you really do get what you pay for and to get the quick focus and such you need to pay $$$
07-27-2006, 03:15 PM
I'd say save up and get good glass. you may have to wait a bit to get it, but the wait will be worth the end result.
07-27-2006, 03:38 PM
and if the reason for wanting a fast auto focus is to capture those fast moving kiddos, there are always going to be times where the kids are too fast!! In those situations I just turn the camera mode on so that I can do consecutive shooting and hope that one turns out good lol :)
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