A&P n00b to lenses. Here's a scenario...

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  1. dano

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    Let's say the moon is really huge on the horizon, and I have the 18-55mm lens that comes with my XTi. Is it going to be a good enough lens to capture the detail of the moon or do I need something better than the lens that comes with the kit?
     
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    The kit lens is good for an emergency or where fine detail isn't necessary. That's my view on it anyway.
     
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    I think you'll find you like the results more with a better lens.
     
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    the kit lens is extremely soft and very low quality. i recently purchased a 17-55 f2.8 IS USM, which is boss.
     
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    oh, but as someone else posted a few days ago, the kit lens still offers quality above your skill if you're a noob, for quite some time too. if you're a noob don't worry about spending money on glass any time soon, especially because to move up to a very noticeable difference in quality you're spending 1k+
     
  6. dano

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    I'm not a n00b to photography at all, I've been working in photography for years but I've never messed around with DSLR's before. I just don't want to get the kit lens and be pissed off at the camera and it's really just the fault of a poopy lens.
     
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    ahh i see, well the kit lens review can probably be found at the-photo-review.com and it'll explain to you exactly what the shortcomings are so that if you see them in your work you'll know it's not you/the camera
     
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    LOL @ me willing to spend the money on an XTi and then be too cheap to upgrade the lens.
     
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    i never liked the kit lens. wasn't sharp, very poor build quality.. just sucked ass. sold it.
     
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    Did you go with a better all-around lens or a couple with separate purposes?
     
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    You're going to need a longer lens. Something on the order of 150mm and up. I use a 400mm lens for shots of the moon and/or sun.
     
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    hahaha, you only think the moon is HUGE on the horizon. in reality its the same fucking size, but u get a closer reference and it creates an optical illusion. if u shoot it, its gonna be the same size on the film sensor as it would in the middle of a night sky. use ur thinker man.

    200mm
     
  13. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    you need a 300mm or higher, or a 200 + teleconverter. anything less will have crappy results. and remember, taking a picture of the moon is like taking a picture of a lightbulb. though its dark outside, you need a really fast shutter
     
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    well to replace the kit lens i got the cheap but very good Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens. it's sharper, faster, built better. ~$315

    then I decided to get the talked about nifty fifty Canon 50 f/1.8 II prime lens ~50 used

    then for my telephoto lens i now have a Canon 70-200 f/2.8L lens ~$950 used

    then for my wide angle lens i have a Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 lens ~$675
     
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    I know the reason it's an illusion, I've never tried to snap a pic off though so that's new news to me. Pretty weird the tricks our eyes play on us.
     
  16. Zeke

    Zeke I'm not one for titles...

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    17-55 f2.8 IS USM FTW! :bowdown:

    I love mine.
     
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    ditto, big fan
     
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    I went with a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. I think they're great. Right now I don't have any need for anything any longer but will in due time.
     

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