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DSLR and a selection of lenses...

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by dolph, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. dolph

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    ...just trying to spec out the cost for a DSLR and wondered what kind of selection of lenses you all think I would need.

    Assuming I get a 350D when available I'd get the kit lens.

    Then probably the Canon 75-300 III USM
    A wide angle lens?
    A macro lens? (how would the other lenses work at macro distances - is a macro lens necessary?)

    All help appreciated...
     
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    what kind of photography are you aiming to do?
     
  3. seany

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    Well andrew what i'm looking it at is from wide angle up to 200mm. I'm going to do it by using two L searies lenses and one prime. I'm going to really have to think about it because it costs so much to get it wrong.

    I was going to go for was either the 16-35mm F2.8L usm or the 17-40 F4L usm. The 16-35 costs twice as much but has the extra stop and is regarded as the best wide angle zoom you can get (by many) they i was going to go for the 50mm F1.4 usm prime (loved by many). Then i will go for the 70-200mm F.4L or the 2.8L or the 2.8L IS. The last two costing and weighing much more then the F4

    The cheapest way would be to get the 17-40 and then the 50mm then the 70-200mm f4. bet about £700 for the lot if you buy from the states. You'd be well armed there, you'd need to use the prime for indoor available light shots it's said to be a great portrait lens on a dslr. The other two are best suited to outdoors if you stick to the F4

    But you'll get better advice over here http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showcat.php?cat=27
     
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    I find the 17-40F4L, 24-85USM, 70-200F4L and 300F4L and a 1.4 extender covers 95% of what i need, but might add the 50 F1.4.
     
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    To be honest a bit of everything... no real specialist area.

    a) Genreal holiday type stuff
    b) Sport (indoor - ice hockey and outdoor - football)
    c) etc etc etc

    And of course most importantly...

    d) The AVForums Photo comp....

    Just looking for that additional flexibility/control I'd have over my photography with a DSLR that I can't currently get with my A80 - despite the fact that it's a great little cam.
     
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    For inodor ice hockey ect you're going to be using available light a lot of the time. The 70-200F4 would struggle being only 4F. You could cank up the iso to get the higher shutter speeds but its not as good as 2.8. F4 is not ideal for available light shots.

    the 17-40 and -70-200f4 are best suited to outdoors. Where as the 16-35f2.8 and the 70-200f.28 can manage both a lot better. Costs a lot more though and i just dont know what to do

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-4.0-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx


    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-2.8-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx


    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-16-35mm-f-2.8-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx


    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-17-40mm-f-4.0-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
     
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    I agree...with the caveat it's worth considering what you plan to do with your indoor shots. For example most of my stuff is just for friends/family, is normal printed at 7*5, and never gets printed above A4. I find cranking the iso up a "stop", relative to what i'd need with a F2.8 an acceptable trade-off.
    For the odd serious indoor work...i hire fast primes.
     
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    I know what you're saying Tyefi. My 20D is pretty good with high iso's but still i don't think the kit lens with a portrait by lamp light cuts it in my opinion. Thats why i was also thinking of just sticking with the 17-40f4 and the 70-200f4 and getting a 50mm1.4 for indoor shoots.

    Got to get it right first time as it costs so much
     
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    For sure... i was thinking more in terms of the indoor hockey Andrew mentioned. In the past, with film, i might have hired a fast prime telephoto but now use the F4 for run of the mill shots, pushing the iso up a notch over where i'd be with a 2.8. The 50 F1.4 is gem and well worth having for available light stuff.
     

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