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post #76 of 217
I want a Nikkor 17-40mm F/4L USM VRII. For less than 500 bucks.
post #77 of 217
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Originally Posted by panik343 View Post
Thanks to all. Very good information. My current budget is about 300 USD. Is there a good starter lens that can zoom more than the kit lens ive been learning with? Or should I just deal and save up for a real kickass one? If there is a specific lens that anyone could point out I would really appreciate it. It can be used or new.

Thanks.
The Sigma 18-200 costs around $320. Perfect all around lens. The autofocus can be a bit slow, but the reward is that it can focus up close, go relatively wide, and then telephoto at 200mm. You could buy a Tamron 1.4x adapter (around $120) down the road to zoom even farther out.

I have several lenses that you can see on my webpage and the Sigma is the most flexible (not to mention one of the least expensive) in my bag.
post #78 of 217
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Originally Posted by uofmtiger View Post
The Sigma 18-200 costs around $320. Perfect all around lens. The autofocus can be a bit slow, but the reward is that it can focus up close, go relatively wide, and then telephoto at 200mm. You could buy a Tamron 1.4x adapter (around $120) down the road to zoom even farther out.

I have several lenses that you can see on my webpage and the Sigma is the most flexible (not to mention one of the least expensive) in my bag.
You have a slew of pretty damn good lenses (the 100-400L, 10-22, and 100macro) and I'm very surprised to hear that you find the Sigma 18-200 one of your favorite. I'd imagine you'd be pretty spoiled by high-end Canon optics by now...but whatever.
post #79 of 217
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Originally Posted by Mrvile View Post
Unless you mean filters, you can't get extra glass for the lens. When I said "glass," it's just a photography nickname for "lens."
Oh, gotcha. yeh i thought that sounded a little weird. lol
post #80 of 217
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Nice, thanks for the ideas again guys.
post #81 of 217
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Originally Posted by Mrvile View Post
You have a slew of pretty damn good lenses (the 100-400L, 10-22, and 100macro) and I'm very surprised to hear that you find the Sigma 18-200 one of your favorite. I'd imagine you'd be pretty spoiled by high-end Canon optics by now...but whatever.
The Sigma is very good glass for what it does.

I do not have another lens that go from this:



then zoom out for a wide shot at a close distance:



(to this )Then take a wide shot from a distance:



(to this) Then a telescopic shot from afar (was leaving Nashville and saw this guy walking toward the museum - 200mm):



(to this) It is also great for portraits:



But whatever...My point was that it was flexible and can travel anywhere (14.3 ounces). All shots were handheld, so it could be sharper on a tripod.
post #82 of 217
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I'm liking this Sigma 18-200 im really tempted to pick on up. Seems like its perfect for what I need it for. It seems like it should hold me over for awhile. It will work with the Rebel XT Right?
post #83 of 217
yeah it will. I have my eye on it too. frigging wallet.
post #84 of 217
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I'm kind of reconsidering. Image Stabalization may be necessary but will a tripod fix that?
post #85 of 217
it doesn't matter you have no money for that anyway

don't forget you only have $190 in my paypal account
post #86 of 217
I almost never "need" the is on my 70-200

it just makes me feel like hot sh*t
post #87 of 217
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post #88 of 217
Panik, since you seem like you'd need the camera basically as a walkaround camera, the Sigma 18-200 would suit you nicely. However, my personal lens collection is comprised mostly of lenses to fit a certain application...the 10-20 for landscape, the 50 for portraiture, and the 100 for macro. Whenever I need a "walkaround" lens, I'll usually just bring one of the three and sort of limit myself to a certain focal length. This way, it forces me to be creative and really brings out some of the best compositions.
post #89 of 217
panik you should post some of your shots

I know he needs a macro lens badly that's his specialty so to speak. I say he should get a nice macro and use the kit lens until he can afford something that can handle distance work a bit better, since he barely does that.
post #90 of 217
You won't get much of an idea for the quality of a lens from down-scaled, over-sharpened photos (no offense uofmtiger). Study a few independent lens tests before you make a decision.

I stay away from zooms that cover such a wide range of focal lengths because they're generally not good across the entire range. I also dislike lenses that have an extending front element. Air and dust is sucked into the lens when the volume increases. Over time the dust can build up, and there's no way to clean it without disassembling it.
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