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Advice about lens for rebel
Old 07-06-2004, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im considering to buy a rebel for fashion, macro and multi-purpose pics,,, as u can see, I need a really versatile lense for this... Which one could be very versatile, whitout wipping my bank account? I heard about the Sigma 28-125mm
any thoughts? The regular 18-55mm regular rebel lens won't work right?
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Old 07-06-2004, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I love my sigma 24-70 2.8 I think I paid about $400
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Old 07-06-2004, 11:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have seen a lot of *very* nice work done with the kit lens. (If you're buying a Digital Rebel, *get the kit lens.* You can always sell it later. Last I checked they were selling for at least the price they add to the camera on eBay.) It's fairly flexible, with a 35mm equivalent range of roughly 28-90mm. It's not the fastest lens in the world (f4.5-5.6) but it suffices.

I don't have any macro lenses and don't really have a need for any. I've taken what I thought were very good flower photos with the kit lens: I have one on the wall in my office and everybody comments on it. But, as you know, adding that Macro symbol to a lens really ups the price. If you need Macro, then you do, but on that I can't advise you.

My advise is to get the camera with the kit lens, and then start experimenting. Maybe it'll be good enough. Maybe it'll be fine for some things but not for some other thing, which will allow you to get a lens for that specific application instead of trying to get another all-things-for-all-photos lens. I suspect, given your description, you'd be better off concentrating on the low end/Macro capabilities than trying to get something universal.

Regarding the 28m-125 Sigma, a 28mm bottom works out to be a 44mm bottom equivalent on the DR. That's pretty tight for a general-purpose lens. I would tend to say that you'd be better off with a lens with a lower minimum focal length, especially if it's going to be a do-everything lens. The nice thing is that you get the multiple-effect on the top end too.

I've mentioned it before, but what I have for my DR, lenswise, is the kit lens, a 75-300mm zoom for distance work, and an f1.8 50mm prime for low-light and portraiture. This is a pretty flexible setup: the only thing I would like is a wider-angle lens for architectural stuff. (I work in a historic neighborhood and I take a lot of pictures of neat buildings: the streets are narrow and you can't get any distance between you and the subject.)

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A versatile lens? Easy... get a Canon 28-135 IS.

In many places and forums is considered a 'walkaround' lens, but I've found that's the most used by me (have some others, but less flexible: 17-40 f4, 50mm f1.4, 85 f1.8...). When I want a 'little bit of everything' is what I use. IS works very well so you can compensate the lack of luminosity with the IS (up to a limit).

Probably will not be stellar in all the points, but is what you requested (in fact, has 'some' macro capabilities and is well unknown by this). Many people bitch it because seems to be soft, but used at f6.3 or 7.1 is pin sharp (wide zoom and wide open is a little soft).
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Rebel lens kit is worthwhile, some people have actually chosen to purchase the rebel cause it does come with that 18-55 lens. Nikon took a cue from Canon and when they needed a lens for the D70 they came up with the 18-70 lens. Its a keeper and worth the little extra bank.

As far as lenses outside of brand, I like my tamron 28-75 2.8 DI lens, does wonders and is under $400.

For the price you are paying though currently, and if you have no canon accessories, might benefit to look into the D70 bodies. Little things you can't get with the rebel and vica versa (most notably, no vertical grip ability) but then again we all survived without the grip in the past.

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