recomendations for an all around lens for Canon Rebel XT

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Tony Rice, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. Tony Rice

    Tony Rice Guest

    Any recommendations for a lens under $200 (maybe up to $300) that's a good
    all around lens. I'm looking for something flexible to take on vacation so
    I'm not lugging a lot of lenses. Something long enough to shoot the
    occassional little league game from a distance (I understand I'm not going
    to get a fast L lens for that price) and something wide enough to shoot for
    later panorama stitching.

    Any suggestions?
    Tony Rice, Jul 6, 2006
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    SMS Guest

    No such animal really. Get the 17-85IS, which is 27-136mm equivalent.
    It's a compromise lens, wide-open it's not wide-angle, and at maximum
    telephoto, it's still too short for getting the batter connecting to the
    ball, unless you're really close.
    SMS, Jul 6, 2006
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  3. I like the basic kit lens. It is a 18-55 f3.5. It is light weight and a
    nice range for most photos. It feels very plastic, but it does produce good
    Joseph Meehan, Jul 6, 2006
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    John Ortt Guest

    I agree with Joseph.

    You won't do better than the kit lens for the money.

    Lenses which offer a very large range are usually expensive and compromised.

    On the other hand you can get excellent lenses for peanuts (comparitively)
    if you can live with a fixed focal length.

    Have you thought of keeping the kit lens and getting an old 70-200 f4 to
    complement it ?
    John Ortt, Jul 6, 2006
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    tomm42 Guest

    Look for a 2nd hand 70-200 f4, try KEH a very good company that sells
    2nd hand camera gear That is an excellent lens, that will
    with your kit lens cover 99% of your shots. Don't go buy a long range
    zoom (18-200), no matter how tempting they seem, most are garbage. If
    you can't swing it right now, the 70-200 Canon is worth saving for.

    tomm42, Jul 6, 2006
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    Verne Arase Guest

    Closest you're going to come in that price range is the kit lens - the EF
    17-85 IS is closer to $500 IIRC and it's my choice for a walk-around, but
    even it's short when you want reach (about a 135mm full-frame equivalent).
    Verne Arase, Jul 7, 2006
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    Dan Birchall Guest

    Since everyone else has already basically said you can't get what you want
    for what you want to spend, I'd suggest possibly getting two cheap lenses:

    1) EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 III, $110ish mail-order
    2) EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime, $80ish mail-order

    The short zoom will give you a little bit of length, and a bit toward
    the wider end as well, while the 50mm prime is a great starter lens for
    situations where you've got variable lighting, portraits, etc. I had
    the older 28-80mm f/3-5.6 from my Elan 7; the 50mm was the first lens
    I bought after getting my Rebel XT.

    (I've since added the 28mm and 85mm f/1.8 USM primes and the 70-300
    f/4-5.6 IS USM zoom, but anyway. ;)
    Dan Birchall, Jul 8, 2006
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