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Old December 1st, 2003, 06:31 PM   #1
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300D glass

just picked up this cam as a replacement for my 20year old canon ae1..i have to say it is an amazing camera for the money...

i was prepared for a slow camera, it has exceeded my speed expectation, and the controls fit me just right...picture quality is stunning...

i'm not a pro, but i can't seem to find fault with the 300d

a happy 300d owner :)

now i'm on a hunt for glass, any recomendations..
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Old December 1st, 2003, 07:48 PM   #2
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I'm lusting after a 28-135mm IS lens and a 50mm 1.8 as well (they are reasonably cheap).

Heck, I don't even have a Canon SLR anymore and I still want the 28-135! Still waiting to buy a 300D/Digital Rebel. Maybe for Xmas.
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Old December 2nd, 2003, 07:49 AM   #3
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Robert,

it will eventually come down to your budget but here are some lenses to look at/dream about:

28-135 IS that Dylan mentioned, great performing all round lens, roughly 45-215mm compared to 35mm.

50 1.4/1.8 - The 1.4 is a little faster and quieter and has a faster f-stop but it also costs a little more. The 1.8 is a little noisy, but still a great lens for the money. Roughly 80mm.

17-40/f4 - Had a look at one of these babies the other day and it is a nice piece of glass, pricey, but cheap for L series glass, it is designed as a standard lens for smaller than full frame sensor cameras like the 10D.

For a small budget I'd go for the 28-135 and maybe a 50/1.8 if you can manage it.

For a bigger budget the 17-40/f4, a 50/1.4 and a 70-200/f4 which would give you an awesome range. If that seems a bit overkill for the 300D consider that you keep lenses a lot longet than you will keep your camera body and good glass is where good pictures begin, at least from a gear point of view.
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Old December 6th, 2003, 04:55 PM   #4
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thanks Adrian,

i was looking at getting either the
EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM ,
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EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
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Old December 6th, 2003, 07:10 PM   #5
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Of those two I'd go with teh 28-135 as you get IS which really makes a difference when shooting handheld, your feet can make up the difference in reach.
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Old December 6th, 2003, 07:15 PM   #6
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Agreed, and the 28-135mm IS is sharper too.
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Old December 7th, 2003, 12:19 AM   #7
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i agree but the EF 28-200mm is so cheap, with proper sticks the images should be sharp, even at the 200 end...

what tele lenses do you guys recomend?

i have my eye on the 100-300usm and 75-300mm III usm, again no 'IS' but nice range & great price...

by the way i don't get paid to take pictures, this is truly a '4 the love of it' thing
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Old December 7th, 2003, 06:10 AM   #8
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Robert, the appropriateness of a particular lens is an individual preference. However, you may want to review the MTF charts of both lenses. Canon has them online here. Click on the MTF link at the bottom of the window that pops up. There is a link to reading MTF charts and you can compare both lenses at the same time.

But at 200mm the lens is a fair to poor performer, depending on print size. If all you intend to do is print 4x6's then the 28-200mm should be fine. However, at 8x10 the lens will show considerable weakness at both ends of it's range.
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Old December 8th, 2003, 11:16 AM   #9
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i just got my 28-135 IS this weekend and its a big step up from my 18-55 that came with my 300d kit. IS is great, but sometimes it makes me dizzy...lol...
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Old December 8th, 2003, 06:10 PM   #10
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John,

I just got my 28-135 is as well..Today...i can't put it down, it is lets just say ok...i'm not that thrilled with it, but i haven't been able to get outside with it...

it is very fast, and very heavy, at 135 it loses crispness (again give me time to take more shots, i may change my mind)

i also ordered a 70-300 is lens, waiting for it to arrive...but i think i may have made a mistake in ordering it, and probably should have ponied up more for the 70-200 f4L...no 'IS' but L glass for under 600 ...

anyway i'm having so much fun with the 300d it reminds me when i first got my gl1....
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Old December 8th, 2003, 07:08 PM   #11
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If you can find the extra for the 70-200/f4 then cancel the other lens. The f4 is optically an excellent lens and it's performance is almost identical to it's 2.8 brother. I was looking at getting on until I found a second-hand 2.8
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Old December 21st, 2003, 09:08 PM   #12
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Hope this isn't off topic beings I'm referring to a 10D.....

Getting my 28-135 USM IS this week from B&H. It's replacing the first lens I bought which was the 28-105 f/4. I've been told the f/4 28-105 yeilded some of the worst images from the 10D so I'm looking forward to how the 28-135 is going to perform.
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Old December 22nd, 2003, 06:05 AM   #13
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The new 28-105/f4 has been met with some rather ill feeling. This is a shame as the older 3.5-4.5 version was a great little lens. Basically the new 28-105 is an upgrade of their entry level 28-80/90. The 28-135 was and upgrade of the old 28-105, a little confusing which maybe why people are so dissatisfied with the new lens.
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Old December 22nd, 2003, 06:48 AM   #14
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So far I haven't been to dissapointed with the pics the 28-105 F/4 has taken. Granted I have nothing to compare it to beings I don't have the new lens yet. Though it's performance thus so far has at least been on par with the Sony F717 if not better.
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Old December 22nd, 2003, 06:59 AM   #15
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That's great Glen. I'm sure when your new lens arrives you'll be very happy with it. Personally, I feel that even a lowend SLR lens will always be be on par of better than a point and shoot style camera, even one as well featured as the F717. I'm sure with you new cam and lenses you will very soon be saying "what F717?"
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