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Old 10-01-08, 01:57 PM   #1
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Looking for a lens.

Hey, everyone!

So I 'm not sure if this is the right place to put this request, but I've been looking for a new lens to go with my 20D. I only have a budget of about $150, and will plan to sell the EF-S stock lens that I "sort-of" got with my camera.

Does anyone have any glass that they can retire? It has to have an EF mount.

Thanks!
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Old 10-01-08, 04:43 PM   #2
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have you checked b&h's used dept? You are in their neighborhood.....

Thank god i'm not, i'd be broke.
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Maybe check out the new 18-55 kit lens with IS. It's in your price range and performs substantially better than the old kit lens. Then sell the old kit lens on fleabay and pick up a 50mm f/1.8. (awesome cheap lens)

FWIW, I absolutely love my Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5....maybe save a touch more and get that or something close in price like the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 or Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 - both are good performers.

To compare the old 18-55 vs the new....

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http://photozone.de/canon-eos/181-ca...report--review
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Check out the B&S forum at Fred Miranda. There are many great deals to be had there! If you're looking for a prime, you could always go for the Canon nifty 50.
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Check out the B&S forum at Fred Miranda. There are many great deals to be had there! If you're looking for a prime, you could always go for the Canon nifty 50.
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I think that's the only lens I'd get with that budget.
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Are you looking for a direct replacement for the kit lens? Or, maybe something with a more expansive range?

I would assume the 20D comes with something in the neighborhood of an 18-55.

B & H has a good used dept. You might also check www.Cameta.com for used lens. www.KEH.com is another good source.
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I think that's the only lens I'd get with that budget.
I already have that lens. Excellent prime!
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Right now, I have the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 non-IS (which is a good starter lens, but does show its limitations. Color saturation is pretty bad as well as contrast. I've also had some issues with vignetting and chromatic aberration, but nothing severe) and the EF 50mm f/1.8 (best cheap prime lens. EVER.). I borrwed an EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS, which was good except I could never ever EVER get a sharp shot out of it, regardless of what I did. I thought at first it was my shooting technique, but when I started getting better results from my 50mm, I figured it must have been the lens itself.

I saw an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 for cheap, and I hear that it's pretty bad. Is it worse than the stock lens I have now, or is it bad for being a telephoto lens?
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I should mention that there is a guy on CL that is selling a Sigma 28-105mm f/2.8-4.0 lens for $125. I've heard great things about this lens! I hope that it has an EF mount.
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I saw an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 for cheap, and I hear that it's pretty bad. Is it worse than the stock lens I have now, or is it bad for being a telephoto lens?
If the 70-300 was a Tamron, I'd recommend against it.

I shoot with a Pentax K20D and have both zooms and primes. I had the Tamron 70-300 for a while and it suffers badly in the PF area. Especially when wide open in high contrast shots. I've heard the Sigma 70-300 has the same issue but not nearly as badly as the Tamron.
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The 70-300 was a Canon. I may be negotiating with the person selling the Sigma tonight, though.
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The 70-300 was a Canon. I may be negotiating with the person selling the Sigma tonight, though.

Why don't you get the one in your avatar?
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I don't shoot enough football to merit that kind of stuff.

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FWIW, I absolutely love my Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5....maybe save a touch more and get that or something close in price like the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 or Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 - both are good performers.
I love my Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 as well. Actually used the heck out of it last night!

http://photography-on-the.net has some good classified sections. I've bought a couple lenses from users there.
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Turns out the Sigma was for a Nikon.
Bummer.
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Turns out the Sigma was for a Nikon.
Bummer.
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There should be a lot of the 70-300 canon lenses hitting the market soon. They are running a promotion right now that if you buy that lens with a cannon camera, they take an automatic $100 off. In fact, I'm about to pull the trigger on a Rebel XSi kit with that lens. If you wanted (if it's a bad lens I don't know why you would) you should be able to get a good deal when they all hit the market in abundance. What I'm thinking would be a good Idea is to save that $150 and try to get $650 more and spring for the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II. I hear that lens is pretty darn close to the 70-200L lens with just a slight sacrifice in optics but not noticeable to the average user.....At least, that's what I'm going to do.
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Not to sound like an elitist, but my best advice would be to save up a little more $$$. With only $150 you're really scraping the bottom of the barrell. The next cheapest lens I'd go for would be the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. It's around 300 new, so 200-something used.
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wait a minute - didn't you start a thread a while ago about saving money and paying off debt?
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wait a minute - didn't you start a thread a while ago about saving money and paying off debt?
Yes, and I figured out that I can afford a new (cheap) lens while paying my cc, taking care of rent and other necessities and shelving money away -- while having "lunch" money to last me well into next pay period.

But it has to be less than $150. I've already found some decent alternatives from Sigma and Tamron.
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Not to sound like an elitist, but my best advice would be to save up a little more $$$. With only $150 you're really scraping the bottom of the barrell. The next cheapest lens I'd go for would be the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. It's around 300 new, so 200-something used.
I would do that if my main savings were going to photography. Right now, the only lenses I have are the wide-angle zoom lens (which isn't that great) and the 50mm prime. Thus, I just need a general zoom lengths for longer coverage areas.

I can wait for my new bike. I won't wait for a new (decent) lens.
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Guys, thanks for your help!

I sealed the deal on a Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5, used, from B&H. Apparently, it's pretty much the 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 that I used, minus image stabilization and the extra 25mm of zoom, which is fine, since I can do macro just fine with 70 mm+ (as someone said, I'm not shooting grasshoppers).

It should be coming in by Monday, unless I can talk to the guys and let me pick it up from the store.

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