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Discussion in 'Product Questions' started by Tha3rdman, Dec 3, 2006.

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  1. Tha3rdman

    Tha3rdman Elite Member

    Well my lovely caring thoughtful wife, got me an early x-mas gift, the canon xti w/ the 18-55 lens.

    Now it has been years since I owned a SLR and never owned a D-SLR. I had a Minolta 5 something or other back in the early 90's (that i gave to my mother), and that was after the tried and true canon AE-1 that died from a dry shutter box. I had a 70-200mm lens for the Minolta. But as I started looking into lenses for the XTi I notice they have 18-200's which to the best of my recollection wasn't even possible in the 90's. So I'm looking at Sigma or the Canon brand the sigma 18-200 or 18-125 (being it is internally focused as is the canon USM's) has my eye, but the more i play with the camera I like how it saves all the settings into the picture file (Aperture, iso, shutter speed, zoom) will the Sigma's feed the camera the settings as a canon brand lens does?

    But then the IS lenses are kind of a nice thought as well, though it's not quite the range or the sigma, the 28-135 IS USM lens is the one i have an eye on. Or ditching the wide angle portion of the zoom and going for the 70-300 IS USM.

    Thoughts Ideas Recommendations?

    Thanks - Paul
  2. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member


    Hopefully someone understands everything you wrote and responds. lmao You lost me on the first sentence when you named the camera and lens!
  3. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Yea what Rich said :p....I know nothing about cameras other than to aim, focus and shoot. Lacey is the exper, she'll be along soon :)

    BRIZZY Banned User

    That's a hot camera your lucky!
  5. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Congrats on the XTi, I shoot with the XT (I like the XT better, but i'm biased because I haven't played much with the XTi)

    Go with the IS lens. It costs more but is worth every penny.

    Right now I have the kit lens (18-55mm) and a Canon non-IS 70-300mm telephoto. The tele is really big and hard to work with unless you are shooting in VERY bright light and even then it has a shortest focusing distance of over a meter.

    In the next couple of weeks I will probably be upgrading my glass collection to include a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens (about $80 and worth every penny) and a Canon 100mm macro IS with a USM. *Drools*

    I could go on for hours...if you decide to go with non-IS lenses then look into buying a speedlight and maybe an RC-1 cordless remote to reduce camera shake.

    Here's my photostream: most of these were taken with the kit lens unless otherwise noted.
  6. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    You lucky dog. A really want a descent D-SLR but they are kind of pricey. My suggestion is hold on to that wife--she's a keeper.;)
  7. Tha3rdman

    Tha3rdman Elite Member

    Oh yes I'm quite aware of that :D
  8. Joe

    Joe Elite Member

    One thing you will have to get used to if this is your first DSLR is the way the sensor works....on the old SLR cameras when the lenses says 70-200mm that is what you got on a Canon DSLR that equates to you can get away with shorter lenses and still get good distance on them.

    If you do go for a long telephoto then def. get a lense with IS, worth its weight in gold, this will allow longer exposures, normally upto two stops....

    Canon 100mm macro IS with a USM, will be the next lense I get lol Heard nothing but good things about this lens
  9. Tha3rdman

    Tha3rdman Elite Member

    I like this site, , but i just needed som real world opinions, lab work is great but . . .

    As macro goes I had my eye on the MP-e 65mm but 900 dollars for a lens that so specalized I dont think I'd get the use out of it, to make it worth while.
  10. Manhirwen

    Manhirwen Elite Member

    Congrats on the camera, though it's all greek to me.

    IGGYOWNER Elite Member

    congrats on the camera. took me a lil bit to figure out what you were talkin about at first. i no nothing about cameras. i was getting into them but my school got rid of photography as a class so i lost interest. anyway congrats sounds great!
  12. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    *Drools uncontrolably* I LOVE macro photography. B&H photo and video has the MP-e 65mm for $799, I just can't bring myself to spend more on the camera lens than I did on the body.....

    ....but my birthday is coming up if you are all feeling generous ;)
  13. Tha3rdman

    Tha3rdman Elite Member

    I'll buy you one if you buy me one.
  14. Joe

    Joe Elite Member

    Ah yes but the body is just there to hold the lens....the lens makes the magic happen, the body just proccess's the as long as you stay with canon bodies your lenses will fit when you get a better body.....the lens will out last the body an always worth getting the best you can afford
  15. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    That makes perfect sense but I still can't justify spending more on a lens than I did on my first car. (I miss that car)

    All of this talk about lenses makes me want to go take pictures but it is so cold out...and my 'studio' (read: spare space in the basement) is full of junk.
  16. rbl

    rbl MacGyver in real life

    Going a back a bit in the conversation I would add that when it comes to change lenses, digital is nothing like analogic where you can change lenses any time, any place. With digital, you should change lenses in the most dust free environment possible and only 10 minutes after switching the camera off, otherwise the static electricity will suck the dust in onto the sensor.

    With that in mind, choose the best combination possible for the kind of photos you will take. If your are a portrait lover, choose the 70-300. If you want a all round lense, go with one of those 18-xxx.
    As for your remark "18-200's which to the best of my recollection wasn't even possible in the 90's" you are forgeting that you need to multiply the lens value by the sensor factor, which means that that lens is actually a 28-320mm.
  17. Tha3rdman

    Tha3rdman Elite Member


    I thought the same thing the last time i had a SLR these super mega range zoom lenses weren't out there not even for the "Pros" I had a 35-80ish and a 70-200 when i had the AE-1. Any how thanks for all the posts, how about a good rain coat for it, maybe an inexpensive underwater jacket :D
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