View Full Version : Canon EOS lenses
18th Oct 2006, 08:23 am
Can you recommend a decent lens for my 400D? I have two lenses at the moment:
- a superb Sigma macro/zoom lens - beautiful results
- the 18-55mm "kit lens" that came with the camera - poor results compared to the Sigma
I'm looking for something to replace the kit lens, ie it can do landscapes and a little bit of zoom. Budget up to £100 which might limit things, maybe stretch to £150.
18th Oct 2006, 10:04 am
James, I've come to the conclusion that the perfect mid-range zoom for cropped sensor SLR cameras has yet to be invented. Tom and I have talked abou this a lot. Neither of us is 100% happy with what we have but Tom seems to think I did rather better. I have a EF 17-40mm L f4. This gives brilliant results, as you might imagine but at a cost. The range is good but not perfect. At the short end it's good for most landscape work with a 27mm equivalent but it's a little short at the telephoto end at only 63mm equivalent. My decision was based on quality rather than versatility and also the thought that if/when I move to a full-frame sensor, it will make a perfect landscape lens. I suplemented this with the EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro. This fills in for all the obvious gaps left by the 17-40mm, giving me a great portrait and close-up lens (1:1). It's also the sharpest lens I have ever used. Quite unbelievable, in fact. So good that I find myself using it in all sorts of situations. All-in-all, I think I did quite well and have no desire to change in the near future.
Tom uses a EF 28-135mm IS but I'll leave him to comment on that.
As for buying advice, I wouldn't spend £100 on any lens. I don't think you'll get anything substantially better than the kit lens in your price range. If I were you, I'd save up a little more and take a look at the Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5 Macro (review1 (http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/sigma_1770_2845/index.htm) review2 (http://www.ephotozine.com/equipment/tests/testdetail.cfm?test_id=415)). It's a lens I came very close to buying for myself and looks to be the best, reasonably priced all-round lens for cropped sensor cameras. Cost = £236.99 from Warehouse Express (http://www.warehouseexpress.co.uk/).
18th Oct 2006, 01:08 pm
OK so £100-£150 is out of the question. Thanks for the info, I might get that Sigma then (your Canon is out of my price range at the mo.)
If you're interested, here are some photos I have taken with the 400D over the last couple of weeks:
In the house and garden:
Isle of Skye:
18th Oct 2006, 06:41 pm
James, those are very nice quality images, love the ones of Skye. I don't see that you've too much to complain about. Which lens were you using?
18th Oct 2006, 09:51 pm
Thanks David. Some were the Sigma, some were the kit lens. You know, having looked at those photos again has made me realise that the kit lens isn't so bad after all! Certainly don't feel the need to spend £230 anyway. 400D reviews are starting to surface and they're saying all good things but are critical of the kit lens. That probably made me think it's worse than it actually is!
Do you have any pictures to share that you've taken with the macro lens?
18th Oct 2006, 10:44 pm
James, this image has been reduced by 50% but it gives a reasonable impression of what's possible. I find that depth-of-field is difficult to control at high magnification, especially at wide aperture. My feeling is that, generally, d-o-f is tighter with a cropped sensor compared with full-frame film cameras - or could be just my imagination.
This is a Lilly Beetle
19th Oct 2006, 06:46 am
Like it, thanks.
27th Oct 2006, 01:15 pm
For an absolute bargain and a high quality lens try the 50mm f.1.8. It is very small and very useful. I am not too happy with my zoom lenses and on my last trip took 2 bodies, the 50mm and a 20mm. The reasons for this were (1) I had a fault with the body on a previous trip, so I had to take 2 bodies (2) I also had a fault with the 28-135 (probably because I dropped it!). But there was something very nice about having 2 primes with better quality and faster lenses.
PS I also took a 70-300. It has problems with flare but when everything is going for it can take some very good pictures which one could not otherwise consider
Powered by vBulletin™ Version 4.0.7 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.