A&P quick question on lenses

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  1. DaRkPhAnToM

    DaRkPhAnToM FML OT Supporter

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    hello,

    i just moved to europe and bought the new Canon Digital Rebel XTi and love it but the stock lens has like no zoom what so ever. what do these numbers on the lenses mean? the higher the number the more zoom?

    like

    canon 17-85 IS

    i heard is good but is that 85 is only like 30 more then the stock one which is 55 max so that can't be much more zoom or can it? what do you guys reccomend for a good zooming lens. thanks in advanced
     
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    DaRkPhAnToM FML OT Supporter

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    btw ill try to get some good pics of Italy for you guys.
     
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    cftofu2k OT Supporter

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    how much of a zoom are you looking for? a "peeping-tom" zoom? or perhaps something for macro shots?
     
  4. DaRkPhAnToM

    DaRkPhAnToM FML OT Supporter

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    by macro you me like up close on stuff right? im all new to this stuff. i just decided since i was moving to europe i wanted a good camera so i can get good pics, please forgive me for being an idiot in this subject. it just seems like i cant get good photos of far away stuff with the stock lens. i have to get pretty close. i would like to get detailed shots from far away. is that even possible?
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    If you want a decent telephoto zoom, go with the 70-200mm. Depending on your budget, 70-200 f/4.0L $600 USD, 70-200 f/2.8L $1100 USD, 70-200 f/2.8L IS $1600 USD.
     
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    thanks for the info. is this one decent?

    Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom Lens
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Not terrible but not worth the moneh. It's very soft along the edges.

    I would suggest something along the lines of 2 lenses, one for wide angle and another for telephoto. Such as: Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 & Canon 70-200 f/4.0L if you are on a budget.
     

  8. I may be wrong but I don't think he's looking to become a great master of photography like yourself or is he looking to win any awards. To me it sounds like a basic zoom lens would suit him fine. :dunno:
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Regardless of what they plan on doing long term, it's still pointless to spend the money on a lens that isn't worth buying.
     
  10. DaRkPhAnToM

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    so with those 2 lenses i will be set for just about everything? i woudlnt even use the lens that came with the camera ever again would i? the canon 70-200 would be for far away items that i want to zoom in on and the tamron 17-50 would be for up close stuff right?
     
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    A Sigma or Tamron 28-300 is a good multi-purpose lens. if you're not hoping for the most spectacular images, this lens will do you just fine. or if you want wider, you could get a 18-200. Not everyone needs a $700-1600 lens to shoot in that range.
     
  12. DaRkPhAnToM

    DaRkPhAnToM FML OT Supporter

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    any other opinions welcome.
     
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    DaRkPhAnToM FML OT Supporter

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    one more thing guys.

    besides the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 & Canon 70-200 f/4.0L would i still need a macro lens for way up close shots? or will one of them do that ok?
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    the 70 200 could act as a macro lens but a true macro lens would be best (ie tamron 90mm macro or canon 100mm macro)
     
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    I would call myself an advance hobbyist when it comes to photography and I just recently bought my first digital SLR...

    I currently run a Tamron 28-75mm and a Canon 70-200L and I feel that I have the perfect set of lenses for basic shooting....my next lense tho will be a 10-22mm then I will be done with buying lenses.....
     
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    Haven't seen this one before. Thanks for the link.
     
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    if you can swing it, get the 70-200 f4. if not, i bet you would be happy with the 28-135
     
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    the 28-135 really isnt THAT bad.. I'd definately call it a step up from the kit lenses. And it has USM, IS & reasonably close focusing.

    the EFS 17-85 IS is probably better but is wider with less tele.
     
  19. DaRkPhAnToM

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    im for sure gtting the 70-200 f4, but i need another lense for less mm. the 3 choices reccomended in this thread were

    Tamron 17-50mm
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    EFS 17-85mm
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    Tamron 28-75mm and a 10-22mm

    also i cant decide if i need a macro one too. money isnt too much of an issue i just dont want to spend a lot and have the stuff stolen... i live in a military barracks in europe so theft is chance is somewhat high you know what i mean?

    thanks again guys for all of you help so far
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    f/5.6 at 85mm or 135mm ftl
     
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    no shit, all noobs should buy L's. :ugh2:
     
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    :rolleyes:
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Gotta start somewhere. Might as well start with the best the person can afford.
     

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