Hey I am trying to talk my husband into buying me a new lens for my camera. Right now I have the one that came with it. I have a canon EOS Rebel xs. It came with a lens that goes 18-55mm i think. I want one that has a larger zoom. Does anyone got any suggestions? I am still new to the SLR camera and all these lenses so i have no clue what to look for when trying to buy one.
This is one I found on ebay. Not sure if it is a good one but good price so far b/c no one has bidded on it.
hmm it really just depends on what you are wanting to use it for. The lens you linked is a good outdoor lens (in my own opinion) only because there is hardly any light in my house and that lens only goes down to 4.0. and also because my house is small. My 50mm 1.8 lens takes a back seat when I'm inside because I bought the 30mm 1.4 lens instead. I use it sometimes though. And for outdoors/indoor shots I just bought the Tamron 28-70mm 2.8 lens. And I wanted that one because I hate worrying about changing shutter speed when I zoom in because my aperture changes. Which is why my 17-85mm/4-5.6 lens is sitting somewhere collecting dust. If I had known anything about lenses before when I first got my camera, I would have gone for something like the Tamron instead. But I bought my first lens used from a friend. I'd also be careful about buying used lenses. But I don't have any experience with buying used lenses off ebay. So it's really up to you what you want to use it for. Good luck in choosing one. There are so many other ones I'd love to have
I agree, it depends on what you want to use it for. What will you primarily be taking pictures of? I just bought the Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8 and I really like that. But I am also in love with my Sigma 30mm 1.4 for inside portraits.
Well the one I got I tried taking a few pics during a church service and it just didn't have the zoom lenght. I will be doing some wedding pics for a friend in jan. and I would like to be able to zoom good from the back of the church. I am also going to a concert next month and I know I will have decent seats bc I know the band but I can tell I will not be able to zoom in good on the drummer bc my zoom don't go very far.
well, the zoom will help with distance but not with light. when you're in a church, there are light issues to contend with. just something to keep in mind - I'm not discouraging you, just wanted to remind you to think about light too. so that being said, when you're looking at a lens that is wide open when you're zoomed at f/5.6, you're not going to be able to get in enough light in a normally lit church/concert hall. but I couldn't be wrong. hoping someone who shoots in situations like that will reply here.
Whatever you do, don't buy that lens from Amazon.com or Butterfly Photo. The lens is marked at around $700. I'm sure it's an error, as all of my reading indicates that the lens should retail at around $120.
ETA: This lens is not good enough quality for shooting a wedding. It will be impossible to get the light you need in a church, and many churches don't allow flash. Why will you be zooming from the back of the church? All wedding photogs get pretty close during the ceremony.
Last edited by AmberBella; 10-15-2009 at 08:55 PM.
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well, it is totally up to you and what you want. quite frankly, i'd use a zoom lens like the one you linked for outdoors. I know I would never use it indoors. I am not even sure if a flash will work if you are that far back in a church either. Well, it will go off but I don't know how the image would come out. I don't have experience with that. I don't use the flash on my camera much, just for snapshots every now and then. If I wanted a zoom lens for indoor stuff (with not so good lighting) I'd buy something like this lens:
It's a bit pricey but I think it's worth it. OH i guess that one doesn't have IS. I'd look for something with IS because those lenses are heavy!
I am having a similar issue in wanting a new lens and am really unsure what I should go fo. I have developed an interest in nature photography, so a long zoom would be great, but a 400-500mm zoom is a substantial bit of glass and would most likely require a tripod if I want to eliminate shake. However, I take a lot of pics of my kids and with the winter coming, we will mainly be indoors, with poor light and not a lot of room, so was thinking either a 30mm prime or a 28-70 2.8.
Could you rent a lens instead? I am thinking of renting a few to try them out snd see what I think before paying lots of money incase I don't like it.