LHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 7 Posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5118 times:
I was hoping someone could give me some advice for a "beginners" lens. I am thinking of getting the 300D, but I have read several threads, where everyone discusses the different lenses they use, and it doesn't help me at all. If I want a decent lens with which I can make some good photos, but not spend half a fortune on it, which should I get? Thanks for any help!
I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
Beowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 748 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5085 times:
I guess you are not talking of a compact camera because they have a fixed lense, i.e., you cannot change them.
Since you will probably not get too close to the airplanes you need a lense with a high focal length, a telephoto (fixed) or zoom (variable) lense. Now there are two caveats with these. 1) The cheap ones tend to be iffy on the light circumstances. A good lense will be light intensive, but that makes it expensive. 2) Even small vibrations wil cause the picture to be blurred because the vibration is "magnified." [I don't know how to explain this better.] Thus, a tripod is a must.
Lenses tend to be the most expensive part of camera equipment. The better the light intensity the more expensive the lens gets. It also depends on which lense you get. Sigma is cheaper than Zeiss. One way of getting nice stuff cheaper is by buying it second-hand. See if there is a good second-hand photo shop in EDI (you'll know it's a good one when the photo nerds hang out there), go there, and look around.
For the beginning you might wanna get a zoom lense as it gives you more flexibility, close-up - wide-angle. Something in the range of 300mm - 100mm is nice. If you wanna go spotting at EDI for instance, ask the local spotters what they use. They'll be able to tell you whether a 300mm is not enough or too much.
Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5077 times:
The clue was in the sentence: I am thinking of getting the 300D
For a Canon EOS 300D a good starter lens would be the 75-300mm USM III lens. It produces decent enough pictures and won't cost you the earth. From there you can move on to bigger and/or more expensive lenses.
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IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5063 times:
I agree with Rez. Before I got a 100-400L I used the 75-300mm USM II, and it wasn't bad at all. For a beginning photographer it's perfectly fine to start with, and it'll give you very nice results.
Example: Canon 10D with 75-300mm USM II
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4951 times:
As many have mentioned, I would go for the 75-300mm at first. The lens is really cheap and you can just put it aside without having wasted a lot of money. Then, go for a nice, perhaps used, L lens. Thank god for the second hand market...
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4935 times:
Also, look out for any deals where you can buy a camera and lens(es) together
I'd approach this with extreme caution - "kit" lenses tend to be produced to a very minimal spec, and designed to make the newcomer think he's getting a great deal. Even Nikon and Canon have produced some truly crap lenses for this very purpose.
There are some dealers who actually will sell a decent package, and quite often you can get a better price by buying lenses and camera together. But I would advice deciding what YOU want rather than letting the dealer offer you a seeming bargain.
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4930 times:
If you are on a tight budget, try to find something like a used 75-300 as a temporary sollution. You can probably pick one up for about 100 euro. If you later decide you want something better, you can probably sell it for nearly as much as you paid for it.