A&P Good non-kit starter lenses? (30D)

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  1. V_Eight

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    I'm wanting a not shitty SLR, so i'm choosing the 30D. I keep hearing the kit lens is shitty, so what good starter lens (read: one), would be best to get used to all the settings and all on the camera?

    I'm taking a step up from my Canon S3-IS, and want to do it right, but I also understand to take full use of the camera, I have to learn it.

    I'll be shooting mostly my car, close-range portrait, and distanced landscape (skylines and such).

    Thanks!
     
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    if youre using the 17-85 I hear its a pretty good lens

    Otherwise I highly recommend the tamron 17-50, for the price almost nothing compares
     
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    Is there a recommended place to get these lenses? I've had good experience with B&H photo and 47th Street before. :dunno:
     
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    the small number is how wide the lens can go, the smaller the number the wider, the big number is how far you can zoom in, bigger is further. your s3is will go approx equivalent 24mm in these numbers. note than none of these lenses will match your s3's 'zoomed in' ability, you will need a second lens for that.

    The canon 18-55 kit lens is the shitty one to avoid.

    Canon make a 17-85 which is much better, but better again are the tamron 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8.
    Canon also have a 17-55/2.8 IS which is supposed to be a bit better than the tamrons and it has IS, but I believe it is priced significantly higher.

    Some kits are packaged with a 28-135 IS, while this is better than 18-55 it is not great and you will seriously miss having the wider end.
     
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    also the 40d is a newer and better body, but 30d's are still excellent and probably going cheap right now.
     
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    Just the body is running $800. I doubt the new 40D is going to be near that.
     
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    Sounds good so far.
     
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    I dont use your dollars :dunno:
     
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    also you can read detailed reviews of most lenses at www.the-digital-picture.com the guy is a canon nut and pretty positive about everything, but if you read his conclusions they are pretty accurate.
     
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    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3319021

    The FAQ contains a good list of retailers and suggestions, id also add beach camera/buydig to that list
     
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    I really like the 28-135 on my new 30D for a pretty good all around lens. And photozone gave it a pretty decent review:
    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/canon_28135_3556_is/index.htm

    I do agree about the wide end though... I am already looking for an ultra-wide to complement it because I'm having to step back a little to get some shots.
     
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    $410. Pricey to me, but i'm sure results will make it worthwhile. :hs:
     

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