Recommend good multi-purpose lens for Canon EOS 400D (new SLR user)?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by 4NGs, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. 4NGs

    4NGs Guest

    Hi,

    This is my first SLR camera, and I've read that the lens it comes with
    may not be the best for what I want to use it for. I do a lot of
    walking and I'd like to be able to take v. clear pictures of small
    things like flowers and insects. That's my priority, but I'd also like
    the lens to be able to take a decent pictures of views (mountains
    etc).

    In a shop today I was told that something like 18-200 or 18-250 would
    be good, because I'd get pictures of small things much better than
    those I can currently get from my digital point-and-shoot, but I'm not
    likely to have to keep swapping lenses over (risking dirt in the
    camera, damage etc).

    Money is an issue, but at the same time I'd like to get something
    that's likely to last and serve my purposes well.

    Any recommendations gratefully received. TIA.
     
    4NGs, Aug 1, 2008
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  2. Mabye. Apparently you already have that "lens that comes with it". Why
    don't you just give it a try? It may not be the best possible lens but
    considering that you are new to SLR cameras it likely outperforms your
    current expectations nevertheless. Once you have more experience and
    know better where the shortcomings of that lens are _for_you(!)_ then
    you will have a much better idea what to get as a second or third lens.
    Ok, macro photography is indeed an area where those kit lenses don't
    excell. You probably want to get a dedicated macro lens right away.
    Macro lenses are optimized for high reproduction ratios of 1:1 or 1:2
    and kit lenses just don't go there.
    Any standard lens should be able to give you that.
    No. A long focal lenght doesn't necessarily translate into macro. There
    are a few macro lenses with a long focal length, but shorter focal
    lengths of somewhere between 30 and 100mm are much more common. And more
    affordable!

    Another problem is the large zoom factor or 11x or even 14x of such a
    lens. Zoom lenses are always a compromise of convenience over picture
    quality. Lenses with a small zoom factor are resonably easy to design
    and picture quality can be quite good. But a 11x or 14x zoom factor is
    pushing the limit very much. With today's technology it is just not
    possible to get good picture quality at all focal lengths and all
    appertures for such a large zoom range.
    Well, that should be a no-brainer with any dedicated macro lens.
    If you are afraid of that then a SLR is the wrong camera for you. Being
    able to swap lenses and use the best lens for a given job is the main
    reason for a SLR.

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, Aug 1, 2008
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  3. 4NGs

    Robert Coe Guest

    : 4NGs wrote:
    : > Hi,
    : >
    : > This is my first SLR camera, and I've read that the lens it comes with
    : > may not be the best for what I want to use it for. I do a lot of
    : > walking and I'd like to be able to take v. clear pictures of small
    : > things like flowers and insects. That's my priority, but I'd also like
    : > the lens to be able to take a decent pictures of views (mountains
    : > etc).
    : >
    : > In a shop today I was told that something like 18-200 or 18-250 would
    : > be good, because I'd get pictures of small things much better than
    : > those I can currently get from my digital point-and-shoot, but I'm not
    : > likely to have to keep swapping lenses over (risking dirt in the
    : > camera, damage etc).
    : >
    : > Money is an issue, but at the same time I'd like to get something
    : > that's likely to last and serve my purposes well.
    : >
    : > Any recommendations gratefully received. TIA.
    : >
    :
    : I had the same dilemma as you when I recently purchased my 40D. I had
    : the read that the kit lenses were OK but not great. After a lot of
    : research I decided on the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 Macro. It does very
    : well, the things that you mention. It is a true Macro. I've had it about
    : 2 months and so far I have been very happy with it.

    My wife has a 400D, and her favorite lens is the Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro. It
    wasn't too expensive (under $500, IIRC), and she's gotten some very nice
    pictures with it.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Aug 2, 2008
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