A&P Suggestion on a basic all around lens for 40D. v.noob

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  1. kmad86

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    Hey guys, I never come over to this side of OT due to the fact that I really have no clue what I am talking about when it comes to cameras. I am looking for a good lens that's less than 500 bucks. It will mostly be used for eBay items. I currenty have the stock 135mm lens.

    BTW, it's a Canon 40D.
     
  2. Jbrown

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    Depends if you want to stick to Canon or not.


    Are you wanting to replace your 28-135? (i'm assuming that's the lens)

    Or extend to more focal length?


    70-200 f/4L can be had for around $500 :dunno:
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    what do you need that your kit lens can't do? or just better quality?
     
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    So you have the 28-135mm kit lens? For under $500, most people will recommend the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 as a general purpose zoom.

    If you are doing mostly product shots for ebay though, I'll be a little different and recommend the 100mm f/2.8 macro.
     
  6. kmad86

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    I don't know. It just feels cheap as shit. When it's extended the end of it wobbles. Sometimes I have to turn auto focus off because it won't take a picture. I wish it zoomed in closer.
    :o


    but a 70-200 wouldn't get as closeup as my current lens would it? I assume the lower the number and the higher the number is the range of the lens?
     
  7. Jbrown

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    haha yeah.


    I think you'd be happy with the Tamron 17-50 2.8


    :bigthumb:
     
  8. kmad86

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    Then I don't understand the numbers at all. If my lens is a 28-135mm then I assume the 17-50 doesn't zoom as close but it's a better closeup lens?
     
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    the 28-135, and 17-50 numbers indicate the focal length, from the focusing element, to the sensor of your camera. The lower that number, the wider the angle, and the larger the number the greater the zoom. the 70-200 will have a much greater zoom than your current lens, though you won't be able to shoot as wide with it. the 17-50 will be a much wider lens, but will not be able to zoom nearly as far. Since you mentioned you'll be doing mostly product photography with your setup, you may want to go with the 100mm 2.8, as Mutombo mentioned. It's a set focal length (meaning there's no zoom), purpose built to get up close and personal with your subjects.
     
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    tamron 17-50/2.8 or canon 70-200/4L
     
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    If your understanding of lenses is currently this bad you need to go out and shoot more do get a better idea of what lens you need.
     
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    True. :hs:
     
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    Well, you can use your current lens for Ebay items, I don't see the problem.

    Just have some good lighting.
     

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