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Posted: 12/28/2005 12:50:55 PM EDT
I am a newb.
I want to shoot real close up like flowers, distant landscapes and wildlife, and portraits.
Thanks for your help,
Kevin
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 1:03:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 1:11:19 PM EDT by MissouriBob]
With only one lens?
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 1:13:24 PM EDT
Real close ups require a macro lens, extension tubes, or close-up filters. Tubes ($150) are probably most flexible, a budget (Canon/sigma 50mm) macro lens is going to be $250, the filters depend on size of the lens they are attached too. Bigger Macro lenses 90+mm start getting expensive fast--the Sigma 150mm is $580, for example.

Landscapes tend to be wider angle shots, so a WA lens of some type would be advised. Assuming you have the kit lens (18-55) you can try using that for a while and see how it goes. If you don't have it, then look into getting one (try craigslist, you can usually find one for <$100), or a similarly wide alternative--the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 ($400+), Canon 18-85 IS USM F4-5.6(Nice, but also $450+), the Canon 17-40 F4L (Very nice, but even more $).

For distance shots, it's oging to depend. For wildlife, on a budget, you can try using one of the 75-300 lenses that are on rebate right now. Stopped down does ok. A bit up the line would be a 200 F2.8 ($650), with teleconverter (1.4 or 2x, $220-250). The next step up would be something like a 400 F5.6 ($1100) and from there the sky's the limit--a 400 F2.8 is only $6500. That'll get you some incredible shots!

Basically...what's your budget and what are you trying to accomplish with your camera? That'll guide us towards helping you select.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 1:14:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 1:15:40 PM EDT by Penguin_101]
For wildlife you will need a large zoom. I think the 600 f/4? L will do it.
For flowers you will need a macro or close up filters.
Landscapes depend on if you want to zoom or not. A nice wide angle would be nice.
A lot of people say around a 85mm for portraits so check around there.

Have fun!

ETA: Listen to what ProfessorEvil said.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 1:31:47 PM EDT
Ok...
I've got $1,300.00
I have the 18-55 lens that came with it.
What would you recommend on this budget?
Kevin
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 2:01:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 2:01:28 PM EDT by dsg2003gt]

Originally Posted By kevf7:
Ok...
I've got $1,300.00
I have the 18-55 lens that came with it.
What would you recommend on this budget?
Kevin



since I dont care for macros...
17-40L f4 for wide angle
70-200L f4 for wildlife
and you still have money left over for a 50mm 1.4 for portrait shots/low light shooting.
get it here and it is CHEAP buy before jan 6 and get some good rebates too!
norman camera
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 9:23:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:
and you still have money left over for a 50mm 1.4 for portrait shots/low light shooting.



If you don't get the 50 F1.4, the 50 F1.8 is a great deal. I love primes...but that's just me. That, plus a set of close-up filters would let you do some close-up photography on the cheap. Plus the 50 itself on a 20d is nice 'portrait' length lens.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 4:15:11 AM EDT
Thanks!
Damn! There's no subject you cant find expert advise on this site!

Kevin
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 4:30:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:

Originally Posted By kevf7:
Ok...
I've got $1,300.00
I have the 18-55 lens that came with it.
What would you recommend on this budget?
Kevin



since I dont care for macros...
17-40L f4 for wide angle
70-200L f4 for wildlife
and you still have money left over for a 50mm 1.4 for portrait shots/low light shooting.
get it here and it is CHEAP buy before jan 6 and get some good rebates too!
norman camera



Is that for the Sigma lenses? I couldn't find those lenses, and didn't see any rebates? I guess I could call the 1-800 number?
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:12:07 AM EDT
I called the 1-800 number. They were great to deal with. I got all three lenses. I should have them in 3-5 days.

Thanks Again
Yall are great!

PS
Look forward to me asking for some photo shooting tips in the near future!

Kevin
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:46:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By kevf7:
I called the 1-800 number. They were great to deal with. I got all three lenses. I should have them in 3-5 days.

Thanks Again
Yall are great!

PS
Look forward to me asking for some photo shooting tips in the near future!

Kevin



Will you get me some of those lenses, too? (16-40mm)
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:43:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kevf7:
I called the 1-800 number. They were great to deal with. I got all three lenses. I should have them in 3-5 days.

Thanks Again
Yall are great!

PS
Look forward to me asking for some photo shooting tips in the near future!

Kevin



If you didn't already, get a couple of UV filters for them. The same store should be able to tell you what they can do, or you can find a local joint to sell you filters once they arrive. Just a handy precautionary tip.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:02:21 AM EDT
UV filters Protect the lenes?


Penguin_101
If I'd have had enough left over, I sincerely would buy you one!
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 8:11:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By kevf7:
UV filters Protect the lenes?


Penguin_101
If I'd have had enough left over, I sincerely would buy you one!



the filters will keep your more-expensive lens from getting scratched.

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