good all purpose wide angle lens for EOS300 help/sugestions appreciated

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by peter.wrighte, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. all, I'm off around the world soon for a one year backpacking trip - so
    i'm just seeking sound advice on lens options as space is limited.
    here is what i want it to do;
    ideally i'd like a wide angel macro/zoom as most of the shots will be
    i'm really concered with long zooms, just enough to add a little
    preferably not too heavy/large
    must have good/fast AF as my eyesight is not what it used to be.
    good low light level performace.
    good durablity
    all budget ranges

    if you have any suggestions or thoughts on which to consider i'd be
    extremely grateful to hear them.

    any other advice for the trip is welcomed too. do you think i'll get
    away with one lens?#

    peter.wrighte, Jan 17, 2006
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  2. do you think i'll get
    I assume you are asking about the EOS300D body. If so, the EFS 17-85 is a
    decent all-purpose lens. It's the one on my 20D most of the time.
    Charles Schuler, Jan 17, 2006
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  3. thanks - i'll check it out. the focal length is about what i'm looking
    for.would like as wider angel as possible though, can i go any lower
    without spending serious bucks.
    peter.wrighte, Jan 17, 2006
  4. I also use the EFS 10-22 and it's wide, but it's not a general-purpose lens.
    Charles Schuler, Jan 17, 2006
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    Don Guest


    If you can only take one lens, try the 28 - 135 IS if the budget can stretch
    that far. One of the issues around backpacking is the riquors this places
    on your gear. You may start of with the kit lens or something similar but
    the chances of some mishap to the lightly built lens is pretty significant
    (particularly if you do a lot of hitching etc) and you find your forking out
    for another lens. This happened to me many years ago when film was king and
    I lugged a pentax around various hot spots (Ibiza being where my first lens
    got damaged) across Europe.

    Hope your trip is the experience of a lifetime as it should be.


    Don from Down Under
    Don, Jan 17, 2006
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    pwinstanley Guest

    bummers are deaf
    pwinstanley, Jan 20, 2006
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    squirrel Guest

    thanks for your comment though i'm not sure its relevant.
    squirrel, Jan 20, 2006
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    Ken Guest

    What kind of distortion do you get on this lens? Is it better for
    landscapes since they are further away? If you take a portrait, do you
    get distortion?
    Ken, Jan 25, 2006
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