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Old 05-18-2006, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT with the 18-55 EF-S lens.
I am looking to add some lenses now and wanted to know what the Canon users find to be the best or most favored of L lenses.
I have very little experience, but I have had a lot fun so far shooting.
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Old 05-18-2006, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT with the 18-55 EF-S lens.
I am looking to add some lenses now and wanted to know what the Canon users find to be the best or most favored of L lenses.
I have very little experience, but I have had a lot fun so far shooting.
First and foremost....what/how are you intending to shoot?
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm using the 70-200 4.0L with my XT and love it. I also have a Tokina 24-70 2.8 that I use.
I like the wider angle of the Tokina, but you can't beat the Canon glass. My Canon is actually too long for my small space I shoot in. I can get good head and shoulders though.
Here are some examples....

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Old 05-19-2006, 07:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First and foremost....what/how are you intending to shoot?
I am not sure yet. I am very new to photography with an SLR. I have about 400 shots worth of experience. Most of those shots are of my family and friends. I would like to shoot some landscapes, architecture, portraits, glamour. The last two are part of the long term plan
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Old 05-19-2006, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What is your budget?

1. $80 will get you a Canon 50mm f/1.8 MkII. This is one heckuva lens for the money. It's almost as sharp as an L lens, it's fast at f/1.8, and it's relatively cheap.

2. $360 will get you a Canon 85mm f/1.8. About as sharp as the 50mm and the L's, but the CA is horrible when the lens is opened fully.

3. $600 will get you the Canon 70-200mm f/4L. Highly recommend for a good outside lens. If you're shooting a lot of motion, you may want to shell out the other $400 or so and get the f/2.8L version (w/out the IS).

Those are my suggestions. I just bought my wife a Rebel XT for shooting wedding candids, and any of these lenses produce images as sharp as my 20D w/ the same lenses.

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Old 05-23-2006, 10:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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About 4mths ago I purchased the canon 28-105 f4 is usm lens. This lens is pin sharp even out of the camera. A 1300.00 investment but worth its weight in gold. I was worried about not being able to get a good depth of field out of this lens but it proved me wrong...here are a few shots with this lens. My body is a 20d..hope this helps...BTW..the ONLY sharpening is on the eyes and hair with the sharpening tool at 50%..


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Old 05-25-2006, 08:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT with the 18-55 EF-S lens.
I am looking to add some lenses now and wanted to know what the Canon users find to be the best or most favored of L lenses.
I have very little experience, but I have had a lot fun so far shooting.
There are many good lens. I use the Canon 100 F2.8 Macro lens for super closeups and some Portrait work. It is one of the all around best macros. Here is an example of a 1" x 1.5" area of a circuit board (just click on the smaller photos to see a larger example). This little page was designed to show not only how nice the lens is, but the difference DOF makes at various fstops.

http://rfredricksmith.com/macro/

For glamour work I use the Sigma 18-125 3.5-5.6 and it works like a champ. I also use the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 which works very nicely for portraits since it gives you wonderful blurred backgrounds and is pin sharp (too sharp actually when doing glamour work. The Sigma 70-200 f2.8 is rated almost exactly equal to the Canon 70-200 F2.8 L lens, but you can save 50% on the price. Here are a few example shots with the two lens:





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Old 05-26-2006, 05:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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A lens that nobody has mentioned, that I personally recommend, is the EF 17-40mm F4L.

The reason I choose this lens is that it is close to the 24-70L range on a Full Frame camera.

It'd be roughly 27.2mm - 64mm after taking into account the 1.6x sensor crop. The reason this is a particularly good lens is that there is no vignetting at all at the edges even when wide open on a 1.6x crop sensor like the Rebel XT or the 20D.

Another good reason to purchase this lens is that it goes for roughly ~575 on the second hand market, and also, you will rarely, if ever, shoot at anything larger than F4 as it is in a fashion shoot as depth of field would be too thin to showcase the clothing you want to put detail into.

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However, if you want to shoot birds, or or something, then go ahead, knock yourself out and get like a 300mm F2.8L IS or something similar.

If you want to take portraits with decent bokeh, maybe a 50 1.4, 85 1.2/1.8, or 135 F2L.

Otherwise for a budget conscious photographer, the 17-40L is quite decent.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your responses, they have helped me tremdouly with narrowing down the field.
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