Just another "recommend me a lens" thread

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mckvakk, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. mckvakk macrumors regular

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    I want a new lens for my 400D, until now i've used the 50mm 1.8 for everything, but i want something that doesn't zoom that much without me doing it manually (if you get what i mean).

    I mostly take nature and city pictures, but also the occasional parades, events, portraits and formal party pictures.

    So what i want is maybe a wide angle lens or a zoom lens. plus, i don't want to pay much more than $250 since i have to pay 25% tax when i import it here.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    I think most of us are confused. :confused:

    Prime lenses are fixed focal lengths, like your fixed 50mm. Zoom lenses have a range of focal lengths, for example: 18-55mm. You manually adjust the ring to go from wide angle (18mm) all the way to 55mm.

    For wide shots, and for the subjects you mentioned, a wide-angle zoom lens probably makes a lot of sense.

    You can find the *new* kit lens for the XSi (18-55mm IS) for pretty cheap on eBay. It has received great reviews for a kit lens, and it is quite inexpensive. Wide angle shots are often in the daylight, and therefore do not need a wide aperture (f/2.8 etc.) as frequently.

    Here is one on eBay for $150
     
  3. nburwell macrumors 68030

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    I agree with Grimace, I'm a bit confused with your post.

    But in any case, $250 is not a lot to spend on a lens, so your options are already thin. The two lenses I would suggest would be the the Canon EF-S 18-55, Canon EF-S 18-55 IS or the Canon EF 28-135 IS (although you will find that a bit tough to find around $250.

    With any SLR lens, you are going to have to zoom manually. Maybe in the future, camera companies will make lenses that zoom automatically for you.
     
  4. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    I'm guessing he means "zooming" with his feet, as in walking to change focal length (what you must do with a prime)
     
  5. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a

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    I would try find some nice used prime lenses at your local camera shop. A 100mm 2.8 seems right down your alley, and a 28mm 2.8 will give you a nice wide angle for your outdoor shots.
     
  6. mckvakk thread starter macrumors regular

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    What i mean is that i often get to close to my objects with the 50mm even though i'm not standing close, if that clear things up. But i could use a manual zoom sometimes, but also a wide angle, maybe not at the same time.

    I already have the old kit lens, although almost never used. What's the difference between this and the new one? Just the stabilizer?

    I've looked at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=cart&A=details&Q=&sku=12119&is=USA and http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/206434-USA/Canon_6469A005_Zoom_Wide_Angle_Telephoto_EF.html
     
  7. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    No, the new kit lens is quite a bit sharper as well as having IS.
     
  8. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    You seek a wide-angle zoom lens. It seems like you imply that a "wide-angle" lens is a fixed width. They come in a fixed (prime) variety and a zoom variety.

    If your kit lens which you currently have is the "type" of lens that you are looking for, the "new" 18-55mm kit lens is supposed to be a cut above.
     
  9. JBmac macrumors member

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    If you like the 50 mm lens still, you could try a different approach, like a Lensbaby 2.0 selective focus lens, with optional macro lenses, and wide angle lens. The price is around your $250 price limit. Google lensbaby for the web site and more information.
     
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