Im looking at getting a Canon SLR 30D body only, how do I begin to decide which lens to buy seperately?
The Canon 30D is a very good digital SLR...and yes, the kit lens that is offered with it, is quite cheap and nasty. The 30D uses EF and EF-S lenses. I don't know anything about Canon's old FD lenses, but from what I found on the internet, the only way you can use the FD lenses on the 30D is with an FD to EF lens adapter...and then there are image quality issues to consider. Here is a quote from a page I found... "Even the Canon EOS cannot accept FD lenses easily because their flangeback distance is greater. Either you have to give up infinity focus or you have to use an adaptor with a negative lens element in it, which reduces optical quality as well as compatibility with the entire FD line. This annoyed many FD photographers greatly when migrating to the EF/EOS system (and gave Nikon users something to chortle about)." Anyway, Canon has some great EF and EF-S lenses. Choosing the right one is the hard part. You obviously wouldn't choose a wide angle lens first, as this would give you a limited focal length. So, you need a mid range lens perhaps. The EF 24-105mm f4 USM L IS is a very good lens with a good focal range (I think it would be the my first lens choice). But there are many others available...you need to decide which focal length will be best for your needs...and what price you are prepared to pay. Check out the reviews below, which test the various lenses and give indepth advice on their performance etc, so you know which lens is good and which lens to avoid. Be aware, that the better lenses will cost you plenty. good luck...(I'm waiting for the 40D...lol)
Best lens for Canon 40D?
I just bought a new Canon 40D and am looking for the perfect lens for it and me. Optics are really, really important to me - I'm a pixel peeper! I don't want to spend over $1k for a lens though as I'll just be learning the camera and will want to make a more substantial investment once I've played with it for a bit. I'm taking a vacation overseas soon and want a good walk-around lens. I like taking portraits, candids of my kid, shooting in low-light, and doing street photography. I'm considering right now the 24-105mm f/4L lens with IS, and the (non-L series) 17-55mm IS. Both lenses are about the same. I'm disappointed with the high price of the 17-55 considering it's not an L lens, but it's f2.8 AND image stabilized, making it a faster lens that may be more versatile for the indoor, no-flash shots of the kid, and for handheld lowlight shots. I don't do (hardly) any shooting on a tripod. Thoughts? Any alternatives? Should I consider going with a few prime lenses instead of either zoom? If so, recommendations? Thanks!
I purchased the Canon 100–400 last year after renting it several times from borrowlenses.com and have been quite happy with the decision. It’s definitely not as fast as it would be to get a prime 300 but I think the additional flexibility is worth it. Also, I’m not sure how it stacks up against the Tamron & Sigma 150–600 lenses. I have the Sigma 35mm & 50mm and have been very happy with them. If you decide to go the 150–600 route, I would suggest the Sigma. The Canon also gives you additional flexibility on the f stop and that’s worth noting, especially since rain forest photography has a lot of tricky lighting.Anyway, you can definitely get most of the shots you’d want with the Canon 100–400, I rarely walk away wishing for slightly more zoom.
If you want to go the easy route, get a zoom lens. Ofcourse 2.8 (so i'd advise the 24-70)But... If you want to grow as a photographer, challenge yourself, and get much better quality images.. try the prime lens lineup. The depth of field, sharp focusing, and fixed focal length will allow you get stunning images. let me know what you think.. rent it first!
Which Canon EF "L" lens is better for portraits 24-70 mm, or 24-105?
Wow! Im way too confused here between your question and pyros answer. First of all if youre taking "full body portraits" youre not taking portraits. A portrait is approximately upper chest or shoulders and the face. For this type of photo a good focal length is 100mm. If youre taking full body photos a good focal length would be 50mm. You dont need 24mm to shoot either of the two types of photos. The 24mm is suited to scenery photography or photos of large groups. Its a moderate wide angle not often used for the type of photos youre talking about. All of the lenses you talk about will focus close enough for you to be close to the babies. Heres my advice. Stop overthinking this. Youre new to photography. Theres no way you can sit down today and anticipate every situation youll ever encounter throughout many years of taking photos. Youre going to learn what you actually need for your situation by trail and error. Youre getting overloaded with information and thats not good. You said the camera comes with a 24-105. Start with that and nothing else. Youll have the 50mm setting for the "full body portraits" and the 105mm setting for the real facial portraits. Additionally youll be able to test your creativity from 24mm up to 105mm. Youll learn the focal range you shoot in the most. Youll learn if you need faster, wider or longer lenses. In the meantime youll be getting some beautiful photos of your precious little daughter. I know the feeling. My daughter is 8 and I literally have about 6000 photos of her. Relax and look forward to your new camera. Dont stress so much. My prayers go out to your daughter and family. I know how cruel people can be about handicaps and deformities. Have a Merry Christmas.
I have a Canon 50D and looking for some amazing wedding and portraiture lenses?
Short story- I'm a photographer. I do weddings and portraiture for babies, children, couples, etc...Nothing like sports or landscapes. I have a 50D and a Rebel XSI...a 28-135 IS Lens and a 50mm 1.4. (and a 18-55 but never use it) I am looking to buy some great lenses for portraiture and weddings. I need some insight ... obviously. :) The lenses I'm interested in purchasing are the following: 17-55 2.8 IS 24-105 F/4 IS 70-200 f/2.8 L Also need suggestions on a wide angle and fisheye for my kit! So question #1 (and most importrant) can these lenses be used on my 50D/Rebel or only a full framed camera like a 5D and up? Question #2 (if the above lenses CAN be used on my 50D) Are these a reasonable fit for me? Question #3 (if none of these can be used on my 50D) which lenses should I get? I know the (17-55 is usable for my 50D)... AND question #4: Any suggestions for a wide angle and fisheye?? I am not sure when I can upgrade to a 5D or higher, but probably wont be for another year or two.
Wide angle lens for canon comparison for APS-C?
The Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 is a favorite for many and all that I've seen of it indicates it is a very sharp, ultra-wide angle zoom for APS-C cameras. That lens wasn't around when I bought my Canon EF-s 10-22mm which I know to be very sharp and a very good ultra-wide angle zoom on the 40D and 7D. The 17-40L is the cheapest of the L series lenses and a very good ultra-wide angle lens on a full-frame camera like the 5D but, it's still a solid option wide-angle for an APS-C crop-body like your 550D. It's just as wide as the 10-22mm. That said, you'll get spotty references on the 17-40L's performance with APS-C cameras. Some people love it, others not so much. I thought it was OK on my 7D but, I very much preferred it on my 5DmkII. If I had it to do all over again and were shooting APS-C only, the 10-22mm would probably be my lens of choice among these with a 24-105L or 24-70L picking up wihere the 10-22mm left off and a 70-200mm zoom rounding out my kit.