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Old 04-09-2009, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
First off, as its my first post after a few months of reading and learning. Just wanted to say its awesome that photographers as talented as yourselves get together and help eachother as much as you do. Its wicked.

I was out taking photos last night when my tripod leg popped off and sent my camera falling into the frozen ground. My lens took the brunt of it, and looks to be a failed cause. As a result i'm looking for a replacement lens. This one had been more of a lower level (Canons EFS 18-55mm). I'm looking at getting something a little nicer.

Unfourtanetly, as seems to always be the case, I'm on a pretty tight budget, being in university and facing some student debts... That being said, I talked to my parents and they agreed to give me a loan for the purchase of a new lens. I'm really hoping some of you might have some suggestions for a lens choice.. I had been looking at a prime lens before the accident last night, but i'm still wondering if that would work, would just be dealing with less flexibility.. But i'd really like a quicker lens, so prime seems to be the way to go.
I also have a canon EF 75 - 300 mm, 1:4-5.6.
I shoot landscapes, groups, sports, adventure sports, as well as studio work (Which is what i am slowly working my way into).
I shoot with a Rebel XTI.
And don't worry.. Looking at a new, sturdier tripod.

Hopefully this is enough information, and sorry about the post being so long winded.
Thanks for the help
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Re: New lens purchase?
Old 04-09-2009, 08:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For people and studio on a budget, I would recommend a Tamron 28-75/2.8. Very sharp and similar in usage and set up to the Canon 24-70L. I got mine used on e bay for $250 and love it! Great for portaits and people shooting.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 lens. Now I have it in the Sony mount so it might not be exactly the same but I think it's a wonderful lens. It's what I have on my camera most often.
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 lens. Now I have it in the Sony mount so it might not be exactly the same but I think it's a wonderful lens. It's what I have on my camera most often.
Yup. Love that lens on my Nikons.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool, looking into it, and its definetly in the price range, now to just find that money. Thanks everyone for your help, i appreciate it a lot.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I find the Tamron lenses wholly unusable at f/4 or below in well-lit conditions. Regardless of Tamron marketing, the lens gets soft and has ghosting/noise, easily seen on the high-MP sensors. I've tried about 5-6 copies of these lenses, and never liked what I saw.

Sigma would be my choice, if you need a normal zoom, and cannot afford (or cannot justify the costs of) the Canon L glass.

But I think your initial thought of a prime may be a better idea, especially one with macro ability. Something from Tokina or Sigma would be my choice, given budget. Anything in the 60mm to 100mm range.

I find that the "normal lens" range of 28-80 is most often best served by simply using a $100 50mm f/1.8 lens. The other two lenses to own would be a 70-200 (f/2.8, preferably), and the Tokina 12-24 f/4 (don't waste more $$$ on the Tokina 10-16, it's really not any more useful than 12-24).

Another useful item, if you shoot full-frame sports, is a 1.4x adapter, for the 70-200 lens. It turned it into a 300mm f/4 on the long end, and that's not bad.

That's my advice.
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I've learned one thing through the years, and that's to never skimp on glass. Tamron and Sigma both make good glass, but compared to Nikon or Canon, it's well, not in the same league, even though some will argue on one or two lenses. For studio work, there's two lenses that'll work well for you, a 24-70 and either a 50mm or 85mm at either f/1.4 or f/1.8. It's worth saving up for the better glass, camera bodies change, but the lenses stay.
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