Canon 300D...... LENSES?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Creeper, Sep 30, 2004.

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    Creeper Guest

    I've decided on the 300D for my first DSLR.

    I'm a bit stuck on what lens/lenses to buy.

    I'm going to be doing alot of low-light work - fireworks, aurora,
    stars, etc.
    I also would like to have some degree of telephoto, for my more
    standard work.

    I'm torn between:

    canon twin lens kit 18-55mm & 55-300mm
    Canon 18-55mm and sigma 55-200mm
    Sigma 18-125mm

    All prices are roughly the same, bought in a package with the 300d. I
    don't have a big budget - want to get something that will keep me
    happy for a while, before I decide wether I want high-quality glass.

    Any thoughts about what would be best for a keen amateur would be
    Creeper, Sep 30, 2004
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  2. You need the 50/1.4. Sure, it's 4 times more expensive than the 50/1.8 and
    only slightly better. But it's better in just about every way: speed,
    sharpness, bokeh. A real gem, one of Canon's best lenses.
    Get at least one serious lens. The 50/1.4 is a joy to shoot with at night at
    ISO 1600 with the 300D.

    FWIW, I'd avoid Sigma. For example, the 18-125 is quite sharp, but I've
    heard about people having focusing problems: one guy has to zoom out, focus,
    and then zoom back to get it correctly focussed at 50mm.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 30, 2004
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    Drifter Guest

    My Stock Answer (Lenses on a budget)


    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
    -Small, Light, Sharp, inexpensive. Just get one! Primes/Canon/PRD_83382_3111crx.aspx

    Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5 IS USM
    -Good "all purpose" lens. Some people love it, some hate it. It's
    always worked great for me. IS (Image Stabilization) is a wonderful
    thing! Zoom/Canon/PRD_83415_3128crx.aspx


    Quantaray (Tamron 572D) 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD
    -Purchased in an emergency situation. Wound up being a very pleasant
    surprise. This lens has it's quirks, but once you learn what they are
    and how to handle them you can get some nice images out of this lens.
    Still I'd trade it for "L" series glass in a heartbeat.
    (this review isn't this exact lens, but nearly identical and all the
    comments apply) Zoom/Sigma/PRD_83601_3128crx.aspx


    Quantaray (Tokina AF193) 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5
    -Given to me by a friend. Not a spectacular lens and it has some
    fairly severe sharpness issues to work around when you open up the
    aperture. Although it is certainly not the worst lens out there I
    find this lens irritating to work with and am often disappointed with
    the results. Zoom/Tokina/PRD_84960_3128crx.aspx

    Quantaray 500mm f8 mirror lens w/macro
    -Also given to me by a friend. The lens itself is okay (though not
    great) but I do mostly handheld/on the spot shooting so unless I go
    bird watching with a tripod I almost never find a use for it. Primes/Quantaray/PRD_84660_3111crx.aspx

    "I've been here, I've been there..."
    Drifter, Sep 30, 2004
  4. Don't throw your money away on Sigma products.
    Randall Ainsworth, Sep 30, 2004
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    David Hearn Guest

    Personally I've been very pleased with my Sigma 70-300mm APO Super Macro II.
    :) No problems with it on either film bodies or digital ones. Not bad for

    David Hearn, Sep 30, 2004
  6. You can also take the route of getting the kit lens, and deciding later
    what glass you need/want/desire/lust for. The kit lens is quite decent.
    John McWilliams, Sep 30, 2004
  7. I didn't say "don't get the kit lens".

    He said he's interested in "low-light work - fireworks, aurora, stars,
    etc.". If he only gets the slow glass he's talking about, he's going to be a
    lot less happy than he would be if he also got the 50/1.4.

    The 50/1.4 is 3 stops faster than any of the lenses he's looking at. That's
    an enormous difference for the sort of photography he mentioned.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 30, 2004
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    Tony Guest

    Don't buy Sigma - or Quantary which is usually Sigma with an even worse
    For a quick refresher:
    Sigma build quality is less than ideal, the lenses do tend to fall apart
    Sigma compatibility is bad. They reverse engineer the mounts in order to
    save a few buck on license fees - consequently a Sigma that will work on a
    current model might not work on future models. Sigma claims they will
    re-chip lenses but they will fudge this too.
    A friend sent them a lens that took six months to re-chip and it came
    back ready to go on his Elan II but then would not work on my EOS 3 - a
    model that was on the market when the lens was sent in for re-chipping.
    Sigma would not re-chip it a second time.
    My own Sigma lens that was "Too old" to rechip - it was six years old. I
    was still using my 13 year old first Canon zoom on our fifth Canon body at
    the time so I have a different view of "old" than the slime buckets at
    You are trading price for performance AND for permanence. Sigma is always
    a bad deal.

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    Tony, Sep 30, 2004
  9. Nor did I infer you did.
    And that lens is probably just the ticket for his type of shooting.

    Perhaps an unfortunate consequence of my posting off yours, but no
    opposition was intended. Just that all the posts to date seemed to point
    to various lens other than the kit lens, which, for a new digital
    shooter, seems to be the place to start.
    John McWilliams, Sep 30, 2004
  10. Consider fixed focus lenses, they are less of an optical compromise
    and usually have larger useful (2 stops down from wide open)
    apertures. They may even be reasonably useful wide open, but always
    provide for easier focussing.
    50mm f/1.4 has almost as high a resolution as the better telelenses,
    and it has very nice bokeh and low flare. It also focuses fast. If
    budget is a bit tight, you can go very wrong with the f/1.8, but it is
    not as good as the bigger brother. And remember, you're unlikely to
    need an upgrade for a better 50mm (effectively providing the Field of
    View of a nice portrait lens on the 300D). It is also ready for your
    next (full frame) DSLR.
    Judge the differences and see if they are important enough for you:
    The zooms are likely 'worse' than the f/1.8 a least at some of the
    zoom range, and they block a lot more light (no links to back that up
    though, just experience).

    Bart van der Wolf, Sep 30, 2004
  11. Canon's faster 50mm primes are extrememly blurry wide open. The Sigma
    50mm EX Macro is fantastic...
    If you can deal with the slow f3.5 class, Sigma' 24-70 HF is clearly
    the best buy around, as well as the top performer in its class, at
    only $80...

    The Canon 28-135 IS has always given me blurry results on the 10D.
    There are only 3 lenses in this class worth considering:

    Sigma EX, Sigma EX, and Sigma APO.

    The APO rated 3rd above (to Sigma and Sigma) is definitely the runaway
    best deal going. It's probably the best value across all lens lines
    for in the 35mm foramt built today, with the possible exception of
    Sigma's superb $80 24-70 HF.
    Georgette Preddy, Sep 30, 2004
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    Ryadia Guest

    So it's not just Sigma cameras you have a bent on, Randall?
    How about you post some reasons here?
    Broad condemnation of a brand is the worst kind of arrogance.

    Ryadia, Sep 30, 2004
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    Todd H. Guest

    Well said. Not to mention being a Hallmark of the biased and
    Todd H., Sep 30, 2004
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    Jimmy Smith Guest

    I agree with the poster who says you should consider the Canon 50mm f/1.4.
    It's a fantastic lens.

    Jimmy Smith, Oct 1, 2004
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    Jimmy Smith Guest

    This Preddy guy is a Troll so watch out when he says something. Canon 50mm
    lens are extremely sharp. They handle light like Bach handled music. The
    50mm f/1.4 is super fantastic. The 50mm f/1.8 is very very good. I had the
    dough so I opted for the f/1.4 since I also wanted to play with low and
    available light photography. I've never been sorry.

    Jimmy Smith, Oct 1, 2004
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    Drifter Guest

    It's funny 'cause preddy and many others have been in my killfile for
    so long that I completely forget about them until somebody quotes them
    in a reply.

    "I've been here, I've been there..."
    Drifter, Oct 1, 2004
  17. But from what I've read by astrophotographers, it has a lot of
    aberrations wide open and you need to stop it down to 1.8 if
    you want better star images. So perhaps the 50/1.8 is fine.

    For fireworks, they are not low light. I've typically
    used iso 50 film and f/11 with great results.

    Roger N. Clark (change username to rnclark), Oct 1, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Do a Google search for problems with the DR.
    You'll find that ther number 1 problem is Sigma lenses not working
    That's not a bias, it's what others who have used the lenses say.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
    Big Bill, Oct 1, 2004
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    David Hearn Guest

    Its also older Sigma lenses (ie before 2001). As far as I know, all modern
    lenses (after 2001) work with all Canon bodies and Sigma will rechip (for
    free if you're the original purchaser and can prove it) most other lenses
    such that it'll work with the lastest and greatest Canon body.

    David Hearn, Oct 1, 2004
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    David Hearn Guest

    I've never heard anything like that about Sigma products before - in fact,
    many people rate the Sigma's 18-125mm lens over the Kit 18-55mm. As for the
    70-300mm APO Super Macro II - many people think that there's little to
    compare with it in its class.

    Now, the number of times I've heard of Canon front lens elements falling out
    after a "light knock" (eg. 50mm f/1.8 MkII). Even Canon build poorly built
    (but optically good) lenses.
    Canon don't (officially, at least) license their EOS mount interface specs
    to anyone. Therefore Sigma's only option is to reverse engineer the specs.

    As for compatability, I don't know of any lens brought out since 2001 which
    has compatability problems with the current set of Canon cameras.

    And don't forget, Canon seems to have ignored the wide angle brigade when it
    comes to lenses for 1.6x crop cameras. If you want anything sub £500-£1k
    then you're looking at non-Canon lenses.

    David Hearn, Oct 1, 2004
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