Sponsor Message:
Aviation Photography Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Lens Suggestions For "new" Photographer  
User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

Hello all,
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!

Sebastian


I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
12 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4137 times:

I guess you are not talking of a compact camera because they have a fixed lense, i.e., you cannot change them. Big grin

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.

Maybe here you get a feeling for what's out there ... http://www.sobotka.at/kamera.html

CU,
Nick


User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4129 times:

Nick,

The clue was in the sentence: I am thinking of getting the 300D  Wink/being sarcastic

Sebastian,

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.

Cheers!

Rez
 Big thumbs up



Flightlineimages DOT Com Photographer & Web Editor. RR Turbines Specialist
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4115 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


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Eduard Brantjes



There are similar lenses by Sigma and Tamron (and others), but I have no experience with those (Always been a Canon man, since I started with my AE-1 Big grin)

I hope this helps...
Eduard


User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4094 times:

Thanks you guys for the quick responses! I will look into that one, and see what I can afford Big grin.

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

I own the Tamron 75-300mm and I'm very happy with it. And only about 160 euros!!! A very good price!

Tamron 75-300 examples:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Florian Trojer - TCAS
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Florian Trojer - TCAS



regards,

Florian


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4083 times:

I suggest a Canon 70-200mm F/4L... Very affordable, and very sharp. Plus its L Glass. I got mine from Adorama for around $579.00. Check my photos out if you want to see examples.

[Edited 2004-03-16 19:45:44]

User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

If you can afford it, go for the 70-200 f4 L lens. You have not said how much you are thinking of spending. The lenses discussed on this forum range from 100 bucks to 1000's.

If not, the 75-300 is a great alternative. Also, if you end up buying a better lens later on, you will not have spent much money on the 75-300 and will still have a decent backup lens.

The difference with the cheaper lenses is that they are not as sharp at the extremes. For example, a 75-300 lens will give best results up to 200 or 250mm - above that the quality will fall off.

Another problem is that the quality reduces at the widest aperture.

So, a 75-300mm f5.6 zoom can really be thought of as a 100-250mm f8 zoom with the bonus of the other zoom and aperture settings at the expense of a bit of sharpness.

The higher aperture setting could always be compensated for by setting a higher ISO on the 300D.

Buy the best lens that YOU can afford now, after all you must be serious about your photography if you are going to spend the thick end of a thousand bucks on a 300D.

Also, look out for any deals where you can buy a camera and lens(es) together. For example, a 300D plus 28-80 and 75-300 seems to be pretty common.

Regards,
Craig.

[Edited 2004-03-16 21:35:01]

[Edited 2004-03-16 21:35:58]

User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2729 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

I use the Tamron 75-300mm lens, only cost me £100, and I feel that its adequate for my needs!

Do a search under my name for some examples.

Cheers,

Simon
Canon 300D User



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4003 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...


MIA777
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3992 times:

The lens is really cheap and you can just put it aside without having wasted a lot of money.

Spend the extra money and buy the 70-200mm F/4L.


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 713 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3987 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.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3982 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.

Staffan


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Accident Pic Rejected For "personal" posted Wed Sep 20 2006 23:44:05 by EZYAirbus
Just Had The Rejected For "Blurry" posted Sun Jul 23 2006 22:16:34 by Cosec59
Rejected For "Contrast" And "Common" posted Mon Apr 24 2006 16:43:53 by Coninpa
Rejection For "Motive" posted Thu Apr 13 2006 09:13:24 by Coninpa
Photo Rejected For . . . "error" posted Wed Feb 22 2006 10:50:29 by AndrewUber
What "type" Of Photographer Are You? posted Tue Jan 3 2006 21:28:51 by Jspitfire
Bad Acceptance For "artistic" Angles?!? posted Sun Aug 21 2005 18:24:22 by Jhribar
Photo Request For "Personal Collection" posted Mon Aug 8 2005 12:17:05 by FlyingZacko
Help For "badborder" Rejection posted Thu Feb 17 2005 21:44:08 by Akau
Isn't There Room For "artistic"? posted Wed Nov 3 2004 19:46:57 by Sleekjet