syncmaster
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Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:28 am

Hey everyone,

This year for Christmas my parents have offered to get me a new lens (basically they've given me a price of $1200 +/- $150 to purchase a new lens.

I've been looking at several options and am curious to hear what other people thinking for my Digital Rebel, really my only uses are for aviation photography, although every once in a while I'll use it for something else.

A) A 70-200 f/2.8 (Non-IS): http://www.normancamera.com/shop/SearchResults.asp?ProdStock=2569a004

B) A 70-200 f/4.0: http://www.normancamera.com/shop/SearchResults.asp?ProdStock=2578a002

and

17-40L: http://www.normancamera.com/shop/SearchResults.asp?ProdStock=canon1740

or

28-135 IS: http://www.normancamera.com/shop/SearchResults.asp?ProdStock=2562a002

or other accessories

C) Or any other combination from that retailer (my parents told me they'd like to get the equipment there, then if there is any problems I can take it back to them, and they are local (my mom owns a local business and prefers doing business locally))

I currently have a Digital Rebel, Battey Grip, 2 Batteries, 18-55 Kit Lens, 75-300 IS, 100-300 and several compact flash cards. (All Canon Lenses)

Also, I would consider other brands provided they would have the same quality or better as the Canon glass.

Thanks for your help everyone!

-Charlie  wave 
 
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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:45 am

Charles
If you want a good lens all round you cant go past the 70-200 L IS version the one you posted is the non IS but still up there with the quality.
I would defiantly go with this choice.
The f4 is a lot cheaper and is just as good but lacks in low light conditions.
The 28-135 i have no experience with but i personally wouldn't choose this lens as its not L glass and if you are going to spend the money spend it on the L series .
But that's if 200mm is good enough for you im thinking of going that way soon.
The 100-400 mm L IS is Olso a great lens and one that im suing at the moment if you want to conceder that option for around the same price as the IS version of the 70-200mm.
Anyway good luck with your choice and all the best.
Cheers
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syncmaster
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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:31 pm

Thanks for the input Jim, my only problem is that the 702-- f/2.8 IS is out of my price range by about $500. I completely forgot the 100-400, but if I can come up with the extra $200, then I'll probably go that route.

-Charlie
 
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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:51 pm

Get the 100-400. They are around $1350 on buydig.com, which is a reputable Canon dealer (the rebate will work).

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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:43 pm

Yes go for a 100-400 unless you spend a lot of time on the ramp in which case I'd go for a 17-40 + 70-200.

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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:11 am

What about a 300/4 IS?

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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:11 pm

I would go for the 70-200 F4, and the 17-40. That would give you quite a bit of flexibility! (He DOES spend a lot of time on the ramp!!!)  bigthumbsup 

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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:32 pm

Charlie,

There are two lenses I recommend to you. In terms of flexiblity, I would go for the 100-400mm. You cannot beat it.    It has its downfalls (slightly soft at 400mm, push pull which I dont see as a minus, but some do) but the good outweighs the bad, and I think it's highly recommended by most of the photographers on this board.

Another lens I would suggest you look at is the Canon 28-105mm F/3.5.4.5 USM II. Dont confuse it with the 4.5-5.6 version. This one is built much better and is quite sharp.

Now, I do own the 70-200mm F/4 L and its a doozy. I will use that over the 100-400mm when I don't need 201-400mm. Does you're shooting require the added mm? If it does, and you also want an affordable short lens, the 100-400mm and the 28-105mm (mk2) are excellent options to consider.

Good luck with you're decision.

Edit: There is a $50 rebate on the 100-400mm.

[Edited 2005-12-13 10:35:41]
 
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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:22 pm

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 7):
Another lens I would suggest you look at is the Canon 28-105mm F/3.5.4.5 USM II

Do you have any shots online anywhere that were taken with this lens?

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 7):
Does you're shooting require the added mm?

A year ago I would have said yes. But not really much any more.

Do any of your have any experience with the 17-40L?

Thanks for everyones input, its greatly appreciated.

-Charlie
 
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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:37 pm


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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:43 pm

Quoting Syncmaster (Thread starter):
I currently have a Digital Rebel, Battey Grip, 2 Batteries, 18-55 Kit Lens, 75-300 IS, 100-300

If you get the 100-400mm, you can sell the 75-300mm and the 100-300mm and put it toward a 70-200mm F/4 L.

You would have the 18-55mm,28-105mm (if you decide on that), 70-200mm F/4 L, and the 100-400mm L IS...


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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:55 pm

give me such parents... Mine have capped presents at €100 for the last decade or more (after upping them from about half that to account for inflation).
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RE: Getting A New Lens For Christmas... Dilema

Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:20 pm

I got about the same amount for purchasing a lens this year as well. I've pretty much decided on the 100-400 (201-400 is usually needed at KSAT). I already own the 70-200 f/4L and 17-40 f/4L. Both of these lenses are pretty sharp and I highly recommend them. You get a lot for your money.

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P.S. JumboJim originally recommended the 17-40 to me last summer. So thanks Jim! Def a good buy.

EDIT: I neglected to mention that I've had problems with the 70-200 f/4L in low-light conditions... but I still recommend it.

-Mike

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