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preferred lens for the Canon D60
Old 11-08-2002, 06:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm making the move. Soon, I will be purchasing a Canon D60! I'd like to get a D1X, but until I can justify more than twice the money for one, I'll have to go with a D60. I know, I know, "but Mike if you buy the D100, your lenses will work seamlessly with the D1X." The D60 is more of what I want in a camera than the D100.

Anyway, on to my question. I will be shooting studio and outdoor planned photo sessions, sporting events, and maybe some weddings to help pay for this thing (gasp). I plan on getting two lenses for my new D60, something like a 24-85 and a 75-300. Or would something like just one lense, a 28-135 work for me?

Any advice you guys could give would be great. Especially if you've had good/bad experiences with one typ of lense over another.

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Re: preferred lens for the Canon D60
Old 11-08-2002, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I shoot a lot of sports, seniors, portrait, I have found all of the following to be very nice lenses. 28-70f2.8L, 70-200f2.8L, 300mmf2.8L, I also have a 2x that I use quite a bit on the 70-200. I wish I also had something in the 17-35mm range. I plan on upgrading to a D1s within a year if the reports are good on it and then I can still use my lens collection.

To answer your question a bit better, I could not live with out my 28-70 or my 70-200 probably just makes you want more but those would be my 'must have' choices.

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Re: preferred lens for the Canon D60
Old 11-08-2002, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you have the money to spend I like the 70-200mm f2.8 lens - especially the new image stabilizer.
 
 
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Old 11-08-2002, 02:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mike, I was in a position to choose the camera I wanted since I didn't have any lenses to worry about (I'm relatively new to photography). Well I bought the D60, a 70-200 F/4L, 550ex with sto-fen diffusers. The camera and lens was excellent. However, the 550ex was not quite so nice. At times it took fantastic pictures. At other times underexposed images due to the E-TTL. Sure over time I would learn (and I was learning) when it would fail and I would have to adjust the flash exposure (up usually). I then went over to a dpurslow's house to compare cameras and flashes. He had a D1x with the new SB-80dx. We shot a picture of a white sneaker on a light blue couch in almost total darkness. Both cameras focused with no problem. However, the D60 was fooled into thinking the exposure was brighter than it was (as I expected and why we setup that particular shot). The auth-thyristor on the SB-80DX performed perfectly giving him a properly exposed image. Worse yet was when he put the SB-80DX on my D60 and put the flash in "auto" mode, I then got a properly exposed image. I am not knocking the camera nor the flash. What I am saying is 550ex (due to E-TTL) requires a bit of a learning curve and WILL result in a few lost shots early on. The end result was I sold everything and bought a Fuji S2 with a Nikon SB-80DX. Before you go out and sell your gear, consider the Fuji S2. You won't be disappointed. If you do decide to go with Canon then I'd minimally suggest a different flash. Then again, what do I know, I'm the programmer [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
 
 
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Old 11-08-2002, 06:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Before switching over to the D60, my favorite lens was the 70-200/2.8...it was almost always mounted on my EOS-3. With the D60's 1.6 cropping due to the smaller sensor, I'm finding that I'm using the 28-70/2.8 alot more.

I've also picked up a Sigma 15-30 as I like to shoot wide once in a while.



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Re: preferred lens for the Canon D60
Old 11-08-2002, 07:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've got both a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 and a Tamron 28-105 f/2.8 and both are great lenses. The Tamron is a bit softer than the Canon lens, especially at f/2.8 but I use it more because the focal length is better for all around use.
 
 
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Old 11-08-2002, 11:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The 28-135 will work as a general-purpose lens, and will produce good pictures wide open, although I find the slow maximum aperture--f/5.6 at 85mm and up--to be annoying in low light (e.g. at sporting events and weddings). The D60's autofocus needs all the help it can get from fast lenses.

I use a Canon 28-70/2.8 for the majority of the shots with my D60. The lens can be too sharp, however.
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Old 11-09-2002, 08:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Steve,

Just a little food for thought. The new image stabilization lens is good if you're shooting wildlife and need long focal distances in low light situations but is pretty expensive and not necessary for shooting glamour.
 
 
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I understand - and thanks - I shoot a lot of sports too.
 
 
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I just got my D60 two days ago and shot a wedding on Saturday. Would not have been able to shoot the groups without a 20 mm fixed lens. Am now looking for a wider short zoom, in my price range, like a 17-35, so I can shoot my sports teams etc from the same state.

I also did not get the new flash, and so have to manually shoot with my flash and adjust it via the manual controls.

But what beautiful skin tones and pictures. Also nice to be able to zoom way in when they are putting the wedding rings on each others hands.
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