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Looking For A New Lens For My Rebel XTI  
User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1817 posts, RR: 5
Posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6500 times:

I am looking for a new lens for my Camera...I like to do Aviation Photography as well as Landscape, Night Shots and Time Lapse work.

Right now, I'm essentially shooting with the Rebel kit lens 18-55mm and I also have the 75-300mm lens.

I am looking to upgrade to something better, but am not sure what to get. I'm certainly not looking for L lens, but something that is moderatly priced (300-500 dollars) and something that's got Image Stabilization. Trying to figure out what range I want on a lens is something that's confusing me. I want something that would be good for most of the shots I like to take.

Any thoughs or suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineTimdeGroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3680 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6492 times:
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Well if you want my advice, I would save up and get an L lens anyway. A 70-200 F4 is not that far out of your pricerange and will provide a much better investment than another consumer lens that you will probably outgrow in 2 years. Maybe wait a little ans ave some more money and get something that will last you a very long time


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6715 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6477 times:

Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 1):

If you need more than 200mm of focal length and can't afford the 70-200 f/4 IS and a 1.4x extender, my advice is to go for the next best option (what I did) - the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM. I went on a overcast day which didn't help much at all but what I've seen from my one day at the airport, it's a very nice lens and tack sharp too. It could be a bit more than your price range and in between a consumer grade and the L but the pictures that come out of it would beat the ones from your current lens I'm sure.

Here's one of my shots (doesn't come up quite as good on here):


Quoting BlueElephant (Thread starter):
Trying to figure out what range I want on a lens is something that's confusing me

Go into the properties of the exif data and see what focal length you use a lot. If you're tending to shoot the longest telephoto shots, go for a 300. The 70-300 IS USM is pretty sharp at 300mm. I don't particularly look at any cheaper lenses myself as I know that the quality maybe hampered due to the glass being cheaper etc. Remember that it's much easier to take those 300mm shots with the IS! But if you're tempted to take pics between 200 and 300mm, my advice is given above.

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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4938 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6468 times:

The 70-200 F4 L is without doubt the way to go but if you really can't stretch (or need over 200mm) then the 70-300 F4-5.6 IS USM mentioned above is the next best thing. Sharpest non-L lens I've ever come across and the IS is second-generation, which makes it extremely effective. Only cons are an old style USM (micro motor) and poor low-light performance when shooting fast-moving objects.


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1817 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6375 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):

Here's one of my shots (doesn't come up quite as good on here):

Great shot NZ!

Thanks all for the replies, unfortunately the 70-200 F4 is out of my budget range...and I've been looking into it, and I really am making MUCH more use of my 18-55mm (gravelly point at DCA makes it a lot easier for spotting)...hence my confusion.

As i'm using that lens more, I don't know if I can justify putting so much money on the lens I tend to use least.

Although at the same time, I do want something that has a bit more focal length.

I've been hearing good and bad things about something like a 18-200mm lens...its apparently easier to carry and has a greater range of focal lengths, but it lacks in Picture quality.

I am wondering if there's a step up for my kit lens that is somewhere in between?....like a decent 28-135? or something like that?

any help?

User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 763 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6326 times:

I would second the 70-200 f/4. But sounds like you don't want it. I have heard good things about the 28-135, and it does have IS.

I personally use the 28-105 f3.5-4.5 because it is a little faster. It does not have IS. I like the lens, I purchased it used for $130 US. However, while I have 3 photo's accepted in here, I couldn't really imagine using it solely for aircraft action shots. It's nice to use for some static aircraft shots, closeups, and I also use it for some night shots on a tripod. If I had more money, I would buy something else, but it is a good lens for a budget.

I get pretty close to action, and I would still prefer the 70-200 f/4 though over it, most of the time.

Here's a shot though of the 28-105 if you're set on not going with the 70-200. I have a few action shots of aircraft, not accpeted yet though:

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