Help with Lenses for a Canon XTi and Car Shots

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by emanaydin, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. emanaydin macrumors member

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    Hey guys, i just got myself a canon rebel XTi and i was wondering someone could give me a tip on lenses. I'll be shooting cars mostly at scenic spots.

    As of now i have the body, i believe i'm going to get the 18-55mm IS lens, or the i was offered a deal on a canon 28-90mm f/4-5.6 lens, but im not sure if that will do me any good at car shots.

    Any tips on some good lenses, or tips for car shots?
     
  2. brendanryder macrumors 6502a

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  3. emanaydin thread starter macrumors member

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    i know lenses are expensive but for a first lens i'd like to keep it under 300 bucks if possible since i blew a good amount on the camera itself as well as other equipment.. or if you could perhaps suggest a lens that i can work towards in the future.
     
  4. brendanryder macrumors 6502a

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    well depending on how far away you are going to be. its nice to have a zoom lens that wil be semi wide.
    i think this would be in your budget. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/303166-REG/Tamron_AF05C700_17_35mm_f_2_8_4_Di_Autofocus.html

    and if you wanted something tighter , and longer http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/284399-REG/Tamron_AF09C700_28_75mm_f_2_8_XR_Di.html

    for now you can stay cheap, but the image quaility will be affected. in you keep shooting and really like it and have a bigger budget you could look at these

    Canon
    17-40 F/4L
    16-35 F/2.8L

    Tokina
    11-16 2.8 (really ggod if you can find one!)

    hope that helps, if you dont like those or need something else please post so we can find something that would better suit you
     
  5. emanaydin thread starter macrumors member

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    for car shots and/or an overall FIRST purchase for a lens.. would you recommend either the kit lens that comes with the XSi, which is canon 18-55mm IS f/3.5-5.6, or a canon 28-90mm f/4-5.6 (i was offered this one as a free "upgrade" instead of the 18-55mm kit lens for XTi)..
     
  6. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd stay with the 18-55mm, as the 28-90mm lens will not get very wide.
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The 18-55 is an ideal lens for this kind of subject. Shoot with that until you can say specifically why you need another lens. You do not need a "fast" lens as you will beshotting at about f/8 to f/11 because you need the large depth of field.

    One thing you should buy first before a lens is a tripod. These kinds of shots are really do require a tripod. Not just to make the shot sharp but car shots need very find and careful composition and the tripod makes you think and work a little bit harder and fine tune the compositions

    The next thing car shootiers need is lighting equipment. The most usful and lowet cost thing to get is a king size white bed sheet and a PVC pipe frame.

    But the llens you have is just about what you need for this.


    I can see where a dealer might be stuck with some of these 28-90mm and have to resort to practically giving them away. They were the "kit" lens for a film camera. 28-90 is not to bad of a range if you are shooting a full frame body but 28mm is not wide enough on a "crop body" and you are going to want a wide lens for shooting cars.
     
  8. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

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    In terms of lenses you can work toward for the future I'd say you couldn't go wrong with either of these three:
    • Sigma 10-20
    • Canon 10-22
    • Tokina 11-16

    But I think the 18-55 should suit you for now. You'll be stopped down anyways.
     

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