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jonrayner 14 8 2 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2008 9:36PM
Please help...........

I am new to the whole world of digital photography and need some advice please. I have got a Canon 400D with kit lens (18-55mm). I have also purchased a 50mm 1.8mm lens.

I was looking to replace my kit lens and also expand my range with a telephoto lens. With all the different lenses out there and with everyone having a opinion, it was getting very confusing in terms of which ones to buy. Eventually I managed to narrow it down to sticking with Canon lenses, and I thought I would go for the 17-85mm USM IS lens to replace my kit lens and then get the 70-300 mm USM IS lens. Roughly, this would cost £600. Now for some reason I have looked again and thought of another solution; the 18-55 mm IS lens and the 55 - 250 mm IS lens. Apart from losing 50 mm at the top end, the only thing I would be losing is USM on both lenses, but I would be saving half the money as I can get both for about £300.

So firstly, is there anything else different apart from USM? and then is USM worth paying for?

My understanding is that USM gives you faster autofocus and is quieter, is that worth paying more?

Many Thanks in advance

Jon
Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Apr 2008 9:40PM
17-85 is quite good.
how about 70-200 F4 L USM (NON IS)?
pink Plus
19 7.1k 9 England
26 Apr 2008 10:02PM
you should consider the 10-22, its a fantastic lens
MAW 14 13 England
26 Apr 2008 10:18PM
I cannot recommend the 70-300 mm USM IS lens highly enough. It is my absolute favourite. Very useful range and I have found it a peach for outdoor sporting events, I prefer it to my much more expensive Canon 100-400. The 17-85 IS would be the perfect partner for this. I also have the 10-22 which is no doubt a star performer but I find that I seldom use it.

Regards


Martin
Draig37 15 252 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2008 10:25PM
the 70-300 is a cracking lens - both my wife and i have one. i would seriously advise you to think of the Sigma 10-20 though... Smile
User_Removed 15 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2008 11:48AM
I can't agree with the comments about the 70-300. It's adequate, no more. It expresses itself best when there's plenty of light but struggles otherwise, even on a tripod. I like the IS, it works well, but the images from it are far from bright. Much better lenses can be got for the same money.

Just my 2p
MAW 14 13 England
28 Apr 2008 9:03AM

Quote:I can't agree with the comments about the 70-300. It's adequate, no more. It expresses itself best when there's plenty of light but struggles otherwise, even on a tripod. I like the IS, it works well, but the images from it are far from bright. Much better lenses can be got for the same money.

Just my 2p



I am sure the OP would appreciate your recommendations then. How about being a bit more constructive?
User_Removed 15 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2008 9:20AM

Quote:
Just my 2pI am sure the OP would appreciate your recommendations then. How about being a bit more constructive?



I think if the OP actually said what they wanted to do with the lens then it might help in identifying the right one. It may be that the 70-300 is the right one. I use mine a lot but I've only got 2 pics on sale that i took using it. It's not generally good enough.
jonrayner 14 8 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2008 2:00PM
Many thanks for everyone's comments so far, much appreciated. Valid point about not mentioning what I intend to use my camera for.
In no particular order:
my son & daughter
macro
landscapes (in particular water)
wildlife

Jon
mack 18 290 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2008 3:26PM
I use a Sigma 70-300mm F4 - 5.6 APO DG Macro lens quite a lot, upto now superb. Along with this I have the Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 EF IS USM AF Lens again superb lens. As said before it depends on what subjects you want to concentrate on. Just a tip from an old pro, don't buy kit you are not going to use or do not really need.

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