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Which Lens Should I Buy?

Tue May 27, 2003 7:12 am

Well today is my birthday and for my birthday I got most of the money towards my Canon 10D. I am going to order it tonight and I have one question that you guys might be able to help me with. With the 10D I am going to get the Canon 100-400mm "L" for sure, but here is my question: Should I get the 24-70mm or the 28-100mm. Is the range from 70-100mm important? I have also heard that you should get the 24-70mm because with the digital crop factor its better than 28mm?

Thanks in advance for the help!

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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Tue May 27, 2003 7:19 am

Matt-

I picked up a 28-135 lens for my D60 a couple of months ago to use as my GP lens when not shooting a/c. I have been very happy with it and the crop factor really does not seem to be a problem. I think that will only affect you if you do landscapes etc...I went with this lens because it has IS and I shoot my kid pretty often in low light scenes. (Parents of teenagers will understand the shooting part!  Smile ) It does make for a heavy lens to drag around, but it helps with the low light.

I find that I use that lens constantly if I am not shooting airplanes, but when I go spotting it is the 100-400 that pretty much stays on the camera.

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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Tue May 27, 2003 8:29 am

If you're talking about the 24-70mm L ... its in a different class to the 28-135 with regards to quality, and yes the 24mm is an advantage. The IS on the 28-135 is the basic single mode version, and I would think that the fact that the 24-70 is a faster lens (f2.8) makes it more useful. But it is a bulky lens.

I would imagine most people could survive with the 70-100mm gap - in most situations it's simply a matter of taking a few steps.

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Tue May 27, 2003 11:24 am

Yes, you don't really need the 70-100mm gap, thats very barely important at all. I'd go with the 24-70mm lens, you need as wider angle as you can get in a lens when using them with a digital SLR so I think that is the right choice.
 
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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Wed May 28, 2003 4:29 am

How does that IS thing work?
Is it mechanical or electronic?

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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Wed May 28, 2003 6:30 am

PW,

Its mechanical. Lens elements move to bend the light the right way when a sudden movement makes the image blurred. Very high tech and all... Wink/being sarcastic

See this link:

http://www.usa.canon.com/eflenses/technology/imagestabilizer.html

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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Wed May 28, 2003 7:13 am

How much quality is lost with DLSR is the lenses are not the top of the line type. I'm not talking like cheap ones either but, more above average wise.
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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Wed May 28, 2003 7:45 am

Current DSLRs are capable of realising the potential of top end lenses - if you use them, you will see a difference, perhaps not so much in sheer sharpness, but certainly in contrast. But the difference is quite subtle - you may not appreciate it until you compare similar images from different lenses side by side (BTW - I suggest you don't do this unless you have deep pockets - its hard to accept the difference once you've seen it!).

On the other hand, thanks to the crop factor, DSLRs tend to get better results from lesser lenses than do film cameras - most lenses suffer mostly towards the edges, which of course the cropped DSLR frame doesn't record. The fact is lenses (esp. wide angle) which reviewers have found unacceptable for film cameras may work well on a DSLR.

The Canon 24-85 is a case in point ... originally designed for Canon's APS SLR, it was such a nice lens, Canon decided to adapt it for 35mm. Unfortunately edge definition suffered somewhat as a consequence ... stick it on a DSLR though, and the lens's original fine qualities shine through.

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Fri May 30, 2003 3:42 am

I use strictly use 38-80mm lens on motor driven cameras  Smile
But thats not the end! Big grin
I usually use the 80-200mm lens with a 72mm UV filter for landing, take-off shots.
The Motor driven 38-80 is used in close taxiing shots and inflight shots and any shots which is very detailed! Big grin

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RE: Which Lens Should I Buy?

Fri May 30, 2003 3:44 am

Well I bought the 24-70mm. So my final order looked like this:

1 Canon 10D
1 Canon 100-400mm L IS
1 Sigma 24-70mm
1 Lexar 1gb CF card

Now I have to wait 4 weeks to get the body

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