The New Guy

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Bob, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I just recently moved up from a point and shoot to a Canon Rebel XT. I've
    been lurking in the news group for awhile and reading the posts to learn
    more about my new toy. I've read here and heard from others that the kit
    lens(EFS 18-55mm) is not too good and should be replaced. I was wondering
    what makes it a lower quality lens and what would be an acceptable
    replacement for someone like my self. I enjoy taking photos of nature ,
    architecture , and my seven month old always find her way into frame.

    Thanks for any advise
    Bob
     
    Bob, Jul 19, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    Mine would be to forget about replacing it. It's far from the
    best lens available, but it will do a decent job for you just as it
    has for countless others. If you compare the pictures it produces
    with what you used to manage with your old P&S, you'll probably
    notice a big improvement. Enjoy it while you can. :) Eventually
    you may bump into some of its limitations, but many Rebel owners
    don't, especially if they don't make many very large prints. If you
    ever get to the point where you *really* think a lens upgrade is in
    order, you may also want to upgrade the Rebel XT to at least a 400d,
    or whatever the next version of the 400d is called. To paraphrase
    the Stones, you shouldn't try to get what you think you want. If
    you get what you need that should be good enough. :) It will allow
    you to learn and improve your photographic skills while other gear
    heads are spending more time reading reviews and photo magazines,
    and learning to use their 'nice but not essential' new gear.
     
    ASAAR, Jul 19, 2007
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  3. I'd say go get the kit lens and use it to develop your photography learning
    curve.
    granted, it isn't an 'L' series lens by any means, but around f8 or f11 you
    can get some very pleasing results.
    after using the kit lens, you will know in yourself about what sort of lens
    to look at for a future upgrade.
     
    the_niner_nation, Jul 19, 2007
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    Jim Redelfs Guest

    This was my primary lens for 2-1/2-years. It did OK for a ~$140 lens.

    Recently, I replaced it with the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

    <http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=149&
    modelid=10511>

    I am still getting used to the new lens and haven't shot enough frames to get
    a really good "feel" for it. However, what I HAVE experienced so far
    convinces me that it is a significantly superior lens. For ~$500 more than
    the new price of what it replaced, it OUGHT to be! Good luck!
     
    Jim Redelfs, Jul 19, 2007
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    Bill Smith Guest

    Try out the kit lens and make your own decision. I have some L series glass
    (70-200, 100-400, 600)that I use for wildlife but I turn to my Kit lens for
    family and off-roading (4x4) events. It's a nice lens for the price. If
    you're not a pro, you'll probably like it too. There are better lenses, but
    it's a good starter lens to help you get introduced to the dSLR world.
     
    Bill Smith, Jul 30, 2007
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    Doug Freese Guest

    FWIW, I moved to the XTi but from an SLR Canon film

    Rather then blindly buying the kit I went to the local pro camera shop
    to ask about both the body and the lens. He never bashed the lens but
    politely asked me what were my expectations. I replied a serious
    amateur and he directed me to an up-scale kit with the same body but
    the 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. It was about $400 more for the better
    lens. I do mostly outdoor scenery and only take people when my wife
    forces me at family gatherings. ;)

    I'm looking at the Canon 70-200 IS f2.8 but is damn heavy and about
    $1,500. I can probably get buy with the 70-200 IS f4 for about a grand
    and a lot lighter.

    I'm quite pleased but just like any camera there is a learning curve.
    The good part as we all know, just shoot and shoot as it costs nada.

    -DF
     
    Doug Freese, Sep 26, 2007
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  7. Terrible lens btw.

    @ f/8.0 you cant see any difference between the kit lens and the crappy
    17-85 USM IS
     
    Yvon Travailler, Sep 26, 2007
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    Doug Freese Guest

    Opinions are like excretion organs, everyone seems to have one.

    -DF
     
    Doug Freese, Sep 26, 2007
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    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : >
    : > Rather then blindly buying the kit I went to the local pro camera shop
    : > to ask about both the body and the lens. He never bashed the lens but
    : > politely asked me what were my expectations. I replied a serious
    : > amateur and he directed me to an up-scale kit with the same body but
    : > the 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. It was about $400 more for the better
    : > lens. I do mostly outdoor scenery and only take people when my wife
    : > forces me at family gatherings. ;)
    :
    : Terrible lens btw.
    :
    : @ f/8.0 you cant see any difference between the kit lens and the crappy
    : 17-85 USM IS

    That's not the point, is it? Almost any lens is OK at f/8. How do they compare
    at f/4?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Sep 29, 2007
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