A&P Lens suggestions?

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  1. jeri534

    jeri534 OT Supporter

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    Do you guys have any suggestions for some lenses for a beginner that wont break my bank? Im looking into get a nice 50mm lens, and a pretty decent zoom one for a Rebel XT. The kind of shots Im want to get into are a lot of night shots of skylines and daylight scenic shots, and for the zoom lens I want to be able to do a lot of sports/driving shooting, and just nature shots of animals and such, any suggestions are welcome :)

    This lens seems to be pretty good, has a lot of great reviews, the price is around $300 which is a bit steep but I dont wanna go cheap on lenses...
     
  2. sony

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    I'm confused. Do you want one or two lenses? The 50mm f/1.4 is a prime lens and doesn't zoom. I think everybody knows my views on the 50mm range in general. I don't really like it on the 1.6x crop, but you might. The range is kind of between wide and long on your XT. It is too long really for indoors, but outdoors it becomes a bit too short. I don't really buy into the whole, "buy a 50mm f/1.8 because it is so cheap" because...

    Well, you're not really saving any money if you're never going to use the lens. I've had both the 50mm f/1.8 II and the 50mm f/1.4. Both quickly found their way to the bottom of my bag but if you're seriously considering one:

    1.4
    better build quality
    focusing scale
    quieter focus (a bit faster maybe)
    larger aperture
    more diaphragm blades (softer bokeh -- oof areas)

    1.8
    cheaper

    Of course, if price is a concern, the 1.8 II can be had for about 65 dollars. If $300 is already a lot to you though, I can't imaging splurging 65 dollars on a lens you'll rarely use being a good idea.




    heres some lenses you can look into...

    wider
    your kit lens
    Tokina 17mm f/3.5 - 200-300 (used) pretty good
    Sigma 20mm f/1.8 - 320 good
    Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 - 400 pretty good/good
    Canon 17-40mm f/4L - 550-600? pretty good

    midrange
    Tokina 28-70 f/2.8 250-300 alright
    Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 - 330-400 pretty good
    Canon 35mm f/2 - 200 good
    Canon 50mm f/1.8 II - 65 cheap, but good
    Canon 50mm f/1.4 - 260-300 pretty good
    Canon 85mm f/1.8 - 280-330 very good
    Canon 135mm f/2L - 675-800 very good

    long
    Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 macro 190? ( get the APO vers) decent/cheap
    Canon 70-200mm f/4L - 500-550 v. good
    Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX - 550-650 v. good
    Sigma 100-300mm f/4 - 700-850 v. good

    i made those ratings up :hsugh:
     
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  3. michael

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  4. sony

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    get the 100-300 :boink:

    just kididng .. or am i :eek3:
     
  5. jeri534

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    Well I just thought a 50mm is a good starter lens because it forces you to learn how to frame your shots right....
     
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    Try the 35 f/2 :coold:
     

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