YALQ: Yet another lens question.

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by James Fraser, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. James Fraser

    James Fraser Guest

    The 350D looks like it might be my first DSLR in a month or two. (BTW,
    just got an email from B&H. They have them in stock, at the moment.)

    So I already have a 28-105/3.5-4.5 and a 100-300/5.6L which kept me
    really happy on my Elan IIe.

    Obviously, I'm going to be losing the wide end.

    I was thinking about adding the 20/2.8 prime after a few months worth
    of saving.

    I haven't found much in the way of reviews or comments on that lens.
    There was a brief usenet discussion that one person was finding the
    18-55 kit lens was giving results similar to the prime. Some suggested
    this lens wasn't any good with the digital bodies.

    Any experiences with the 20/2.8? Or should I plan on getting the 18-55

    James Fraser, Mar 9, 2005
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  2. James Fraser

    Bill Guest

    If you don't mind spending the money, save for a good zoom or prime
    lense as it's worth it for sharpness. But you'll probably want something
    wider than the 20mm, which will only give you a 32mm wideangle view due
    to the 1.6x crop factor.

    Personally, I like the 24-28mm range for landscapes. You may want to
    consider the 17-40mm f/4 L lense...it's about $200 more though and would
    give you a 27-64mm field of view. It would easily be the best of your
    current lenses too.

    I suppose it depends on how much quality you need/want for wide angle
    shots as to whether it's worth it to you to spend that much. For me,
    wideangle and telephoto is more important than the midrange. I happen to
    use the same 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 as a walk about lense for candid snaps at
    many events. But I pull out the L glass for important wide and tele
    I don't have any personal experience with the 20mm, so I can't comment
    on it directly.

    But for the price, the 18-55 isn't half bad. It's not as sharp as a good
    zoom or prime lense obviously, but if you're not doing a lot of close
    landscape shots, or lots of groups where fine facial detail is needed,
    it should do the trick. Just stop down to f8-11 to improve the sharpness
    a fair bit and have at it.

    Based purely on your current lenses, I'd say you'd probably be happy
    with the 15-55. But if you're unsure, grab a flash card and take it in
    to a store to test out the lense - the beauty of digital is the
    convenience. Take the images home and examine them, then decide if the
    18-55 is good enough for you.
    Bill, Mar 9, 2005
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