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« on: August 24, 2006, 11:40:05 AM »
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Hello,

I have recently purchased my first DSLR (10D).  My next project will be to buy a good all-purpose Canon lens.  This lens will be used for photographing landscapes, nature, and social events.
I need suggestions as to what to lens to buy first for the above mentioned purposes.  All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2006, 11:48:20 AM »
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How much $$?
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2006, 11:58:55 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2006, 12:02:14 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2006, 12:03:50 PM »
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Willing to invest between $500-$1000 dollars.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2006, 12:53:19 PM »
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I'd go with the canon 17-40L, the sigma 17-70 or the tamron 17-50 f2.8.

Of the lot I'd probably try the tamron first.  Although the canon is a lovely lens.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2006, 04:24:22 PM »
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I'd go with the canon 17-40L, the sigma 17-70 or the tamron 17-50 f2.8.

Of the lot I'd probably try the tamron first.  Although the canon is a lovely lens.
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I need you to help me understand the numbers on the len.  I have always been under the impression the larger the number (200mm,300mm) meant, the closer the subject would be.  Is this thinking incorrect.  Thanks for your help.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2006, 05:07:17 PM »
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With a 10D 17mm would be in the wide angle range.  70mm would be short telephoto.
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2006, 10:07:59 PM »
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i'd really recommend a 17-70  -- this is equivalent to a 28-112mm on a full frame 35 mm camera and will take care of your everyday "walking around" needs.  the Canon 17-40 is a great lens, but expensive overkill for use on a 10d.  Check the Photozone reviews.

as a second lens i'd recommend the 70-300IS, but if you don't want to spend this much money, the standard Canon 75-300 will give good results on a 10D, - just try to keep it a stop down from wide open even if that means going to a higher ISO (a good idea with the 70-300IS as well).  

except for snapshots, avoid zooms with a range of more than 4:1
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2006, 06:51:49 AM »
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What does that mean? Are you saying a $600 investment in really decent last-forever L glass is "above" a 10D?

I contend it is a perfect match for that camera and any of the since-released 1.6 crop Canon bodies.

Good price, good performance, rugged.

It may or may not exactly match the dude's application, but your dissing of the perfectly obvious choice is baseless.
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2006, 04:16:23 PM »
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Bob may be in a slightly foul mood today, but his point is valid: the 17-40L is a fantastic choice for a 10D. If I were to build an inexpensive lens system for a 10D, I'd start with the 17-40 f/4 L and 70-200 f/4 L. In between either a 50mm f/1.4 or the 50mm compact macro. Total lens investment: $1,579.85 USD at B&H today if you go for the f/1.4, $1,504.85 USD if you go for the compact macro.

Sure, he can't buy them all at once on the stated budget, but the 17-40 f/4L is in the $500 to $1,000 range. You can buy both of these first-rate zooms for a total of $1,264.90 if you skip the 50mm altogether. That's about the same price as a 24-105 f/4L IS if you can live with 38-168mm coverage, but it's all in one lens.
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2006, 09:58:16 PM »
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this all depends on the expectations of the user and budget -- if the 10D was bought very cheaply with the expectation of future upgrade (assuming that upgrade is full-frame) then the 17-40 is fine, it's a great lens -- but too short for the user's stated objectives, except landscapes -- unless the objectives include trying to maximize print size, i'd save the money, get a couple decent lenses, take a lot of images, then decide where to make a long term investment

i've got a 10D gathering dust which i need to get around to selling
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2006, 05:10:13 AM »
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My first DSLR was the 10D.  A great camera. For a few years, I used it with the Canon 28-135 IS lens. The IS feature is awesome.

I've produced many excellent 11x14 prints on my old Epson 2200 printer. I sold mine on eBay earlier this year for about $300, a great buy.

I replaced the 10D with the 20D. I also have a 1DsMkII. I have all "L" series Canon lenses, but my new "normal" lens is the Canon 24-105 f4 IS. It's just over $1,000, but worth it. It's lighter than my 24-70 f2.8 L Lens, has a longer reach, and the IS feature is used often.

Whatever you buy, I recommend sticking with Canon. When you figure how long you will own the lens, the initial cost saving for other brands isn't worth it.

My 2 cents.

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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2006, 02:30:39 PM »
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My first DSLR was the 10D.  A great camera. For a few years, I used it with the Canon 28-135 IS lens. The IS feature is awesome.

I've produced many excellent 11x14 prints on my old Epson 2200 printer. I sold mine on eBay earlier this year for about $300, a great buy.

I replaced the 10D with the 20D. I also have a 1DsMkII. I have all "L" series Canon lenses, but my new "normal" lens is the Canon 24-105 f4 IS. It's just over $1,000, but worth it. It's lighter than my 24-70 f2.8 L Lens, has a longer reach, and the IS feature is used often.

Whatever you buy, I recommend sticking with Canon. When you figure how long you will own the lens, the initial cost saving for other brands isn't worth it.

My 2 cents.

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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2006, 02:46:25 PM »
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Whatever you buy, I recommend sticking with Canon. When you figure how long you will own the lens, the initial cost saving for other brands isn't worth it.

How so?  What pain did I inflict upon myself by buying the tamron 28-75 that I will regret in the future?
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