300D/Tamron 28-300 Upgrade Recommendations

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Guest, Jan 27, 2005.

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    Guest Guest

    Hi All

    I have spent about 9 months traveling around with a Ixus(Elph) 410, a
    300D and a Tamron 28-300mm lens. I have to say that the Tamron is a
    versatile lens and works in many different environments. I do notice it
    does not perform well at the extremes (28/300) and does not allow me to
    take group photos very easily because of the minimum of 28 holding me
    back from taking wide angle shots. In many cases the Ixus 410
    outperforms the 300D/Tamron for taking quality shots that are sharp and
    lush in colour. I spoke with the camera shop I bought the Tamron from
    and the rep said he was surprised I was looking to replace it.

    First question is: Would any of you guys out there consider upgrading?
    See the lenses I am thinking about below.

    2nd question is: Do you think upgrading will actually improve my shots?
    I am not a professional, just an amateur, but I know what looks good
    and what doesn't. I am sure there is something to be said for knowing
    the right conditions to take certain shots. I have seen on the Tamron
    page photos taken by pros using this lens and they are far better than
    anything I could take.

    The following was what I was considering
    Canon 17-40mmL
    Canon 70-200mm 4L or Sigma 70-200 2.8 HSM

    There is a gap from 40-70(64-112). I am not sure how needed this is or
    not. The only other option would be going with the 17-85 lens, but
    seems like a lot of people didn't like that lens much.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

    Regards
    John
     
    Guest, Jan 27, 2005
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    Eric Miller Guest

    With regard to your first question. I would definitely consider upgrading.
    What I notice about your question is that you get sharper images from your
    Ixus 410. Frankly this should tell you something about your lens. The Ixus
    is probably a very good camera, but the two Canon lenses you are considering
    should easily outperform the Ixus. I haven't owned the 17-40, but I have
    owned the Canon 70-200 f/4L, and it is the overall best lens that I have
    ever owned. I foolishly sold it and purchased its 2.8L IS big brother. An
    extra $1,000 for IS and one stop that I really never needed. The 2.8L is a
    fine lens if you need the extra stop, but the f/4L is all most anyone really
    needs and I have yet to run across a bad review or a disappointed owner of
    that lens.

    As for the "lush in colour" quality of your Ixus shots, I'm afraid that that
    quality is probably due to in-camera saturation adjustments. You can achieve
    the same result by adding saturation to your 300D shots in your image
    editor.

    Knowing what I know about the 70-200 f/4l and if what I hear about the Canon
    17-40 lens is correct, you should notice an immediate and readlily apparent
    improvement in the area of sharpness if you upgrade to those two lenses.

    Eric Miller
     
    Eric Miller, Jan 27, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest

    It seems to me that generally you should be satisfied with any Canon "L"
    lens. I would find a way to plug the gap if I were interested in making
    standard (head-and-shoulders) portraits, since the 70mm/112mm
    equivalence is closing in on the high end of that range. Otherwise, wise
    choices, I think.


    --
    Frank ess

    "Because of the Swiss Cheese nature of everyone's life experience and
    education, the Whoosh Bird can drop a load on anyone's head, without
    warning." -Albrecht Einstein
     
    Frank ess, Jan 27, 2005
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  4. First question is: Would any of you guys out there consider upgrading?
    Upgrading will make your pictures MUCH better. Try to pick up a used
    50mm (non-zoom) lens, and shoot a role with that. You'll see much
    better your pictures can look.

    Take a look at http://www.exc.com/Photography for some user reviews of
    good Canon lenses. I would personally recommend the 28-135 IS USM and
    a good all-purpose lens. I would also recommend a good 50mm fixed
    lens.

    -Joel
     
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Feb 6, 2005
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