New lens purchase advice

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by WoZ, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. WoZ

    WoZ Guest

    Hi all,

    I am new to photography and would like some advice on the following (forgive
    my ignorance if I answer my own question):

    I have a Canon EOS-300D with the standard lens and wish to purchase a zoom
    lens. Up until recently I'd decided to get the EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
    so that I had no gaps between the standard kit lens and the above lens
    (18-55 = 28-88 and 55-200 = 88-320). I have just realised that my EOS-500N
    has a 28-80mm lens so with the focal length factor of 1.6X, it will be a
    88-128mm lens. This would mean I can buy a lens with a longer focal
    length - namely, the EF 90-300mm f/4-5.6 USM.

    Now my questions are:
    a) Have I got something wrong here?
    b) Is one of these lenses better quality than the other?

    WoZ, Jan 4, 2004
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  2. WoZ

    Miro Guest

    Firstly zooms are a huge el-cheapo compared to the standard lens you have
    now. Second, if you move YOURSELF you dont have to zoom with a lens.

    For the lack of quality a zoom lens is highly over rated in the models you
    Miro, Jan 4, 2004
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  3. A rather facile answer methinks.....

    David Springthorpe, Jan 4, 2004
  4. WoZ

    Miro Guest

    What kind of usenet user is coming online these days. Endless parades of
    dickheads commenting on my style of ideology. Put up or shut up.

    Do you have any original ideas yourself or are you just in a commentary
    panel reviewing others. USELESS .... BLOODY USELESS.
    Miro, Jan 4, 2004
  5. Complete and utter self-obsessed wanker with total contempt for anyone else's
    views..... .....

    David Springthorpe, Jan 5, 2004
  6. WoZ

    Miro Guest

    What bloody views. You didnt say anything. All you said was .... dont agree.
    Who cares you mindless drone.
    Miro, Jan 5, 2004
  7. WoZ

    Henrik Guest


    I must have missed your reply to the original post, could you please resend
    that again, thanks.

    WoZ - YOU HAVE TO BUY L-SERIES LENSES!! :)) <evil grin>

    it is a must for any amateur who wishes to become a Pro :) that way you
    don't have to buy them again when you turn pro.

    Otherwise - prime lenses are usually always better then zooms, but less
    flexible if you have no room to move! In that case you need to have more
    different prime lenses to suit the specific task.

    You will probably buy primes to begin with and then as you become better and
    more critical you will get the primes to match the style of shooting you do.

    Have you had a look at the 75-300 with IS ?? or if you feel like spending a
    bit more then a 100-400mm L IS or for the same money (as the 100-400) a
    70-200mm f/2.8L IS this one is really sweet, but I would suggest to get the
    BG-ED for your 300D or it will be a bit front heavy :)) hehehe <another
    evil grin>

    there are also 3-rd party lenses you can have a look at if the budget is a
    bit tight (isn't it alway! - looking at my reflection in the mirror as it
    nods in response!! arrh! - no grin there!)

    Have fun making images - it is not the gear but the experience you get when
    making and showing your images that counts. Henrik Tived
    Henrik, Jan 5, 2004
  8. WoZ

    Miro Guest

    Sounds like a good idea.
    Miro, Jan 5, 2004
  9. "Henrik" <>, far, far away from here, appears to have

    "Henrik" isn't a person, it's a program designed by the
    Turing-experiment division at Canon research, programmed to get people
    to buy the most expensive stuff Canon sells.


    cheers, Mic (Reply address works...)

    "Simply throwing some cow-innards on the floor will never be art, in my book."
    - Giri Iyengar, 23 October 2002
    M i c C u l l e n, Jan 12, 2004
  10. Hence "buying the most expensive stuff Canon sells" being listed in the New 2004 Webster
    Dictionary under "The Henrik Maneuver".

    (not to be confused with The Heim Lick)

    Phil P

    Phil Pierotti, Jan 12, 2004
  11. WoZ

    Miro Guest

    Strange, I thought that was the purpose of the scratch and sniff red bindi
    on Leica cameras.

    I think expensive in Canon speak is a drop in the bucket compared to most
    elite brands. The bar goes way high.
    Miro, Jan 12, 2004
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