450d lenses or compatibles

Discussion in 'Photography' started by john starkey, 24 Jul 2009.

  1. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi all,
    i will be looking to add some extra lenses at some point,can anyone recommend a macro lense,wide angle lense,and a zoom lense,
    i dont want to pay the earth but i dont mind paying for something half decent,is it possible to buy lenses that do macro and zoom,or is it best to have dedicated lenses.

    regards john.
     
  2. Sye Davies

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    hi john,

    long time no speak :)

    i have a 350D with a canon 100mm macro lens which provides nice fish shots.

    i also have a 55-200mm sigma lens with macro facility which also seems to do a nice job, especially when i want to fire off some basic shots without setting up the tripod and remote shutter control.

    it also proves more than able with portrait shots of family and friends.
     
  3. BigTom

    BigTom Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    I can personally recommend the Sigma 10-20 and Sigma 150mm macro as both being really fantastic lenses for the money. I've no doubt the canon alternatives are also excellent, but in my experience Sigma provide 90% of the performance of canon/nikon lenses for 50% of the cost (ish!). WOuld be hard pushed to recommend a tele until I knew more about what you wanted to use it for.

    With regards to your last question, you'll find some Sigma telephoto lenses which are labelled as 'macro', meaning they have a close focus feature which will get you to somewhere around 1:3 magnification - for photographing fish, insects, flowers and other small stuff it's definitely worth splashing the cash on a true 1:1 macro lens (such as the Sigma 150mm or canon 100mm)
     
  4. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    i've found the sigma 70-300mm apo macro to be a real star lens for the money.
     
  5. john starkey

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    Hi all,
    Thanks for the advice,I will take a look at the recommedations,as for the zoom lenses,I want something that will take better pics of scenary that's a bit further away,I find the kit lenses a bit under gunned 18-55mm,what would anyone suggest?,
    Regards john
     
  6. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    John, if you give a price range it may be possible to narrow a lens down mate :thumbup:
     
  7. john starkey

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    Hi mark,
    I don't mind going up £250 for each lense but not all at once,but if I can get a lenses that is £300 and a lot better than the £250 one I don't mind paying a bit extra.

    cheers mark
     
  8. Sye Davies

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    the 18-55mm kit lens is junk. its amazing what a good bit of glass can do :thumbup:
     
  9. Joecoral

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    The best EF-S lens imo is the 17-55mm f/2.8, blows the kit lens out of the water, is a bit pricey tho
     
  10. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi all,
    thanks for the help,

    john.
     
  11. Sye Davies

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    if you want to pop in and see me john you are welcome to bring your camera and have a "play" with my lenses.

    not that they are pro equipment but it may help....................would be good to see you :D

    you could critic my emmersed set up too :twisted: :D
     
  12. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi Sye,
    you still the got the shop at honeybourne?,if i am free on sat coming i will bring the camera over for a play,

    cheers john.
     
  13. Sye Davies

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    at blackminster mate, but near enough. you are more than welcome mate :D
     
  14. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi Guys,

    i thought i would let you know of a bargain i got today,i was in stratford upon avon and popped into jessops and they had a sigma 70-300mm f/4 5.6 apo dg macro zoom lens for £149 so i bought it,when the guy rang it through the till it came up as £139 result hey,
    regards john.
     
  15. Mark Evans

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    great lens john. 80%of my images are taken with that lens. :thumbup:

    another great lens for the £ V's quality is the sigma 24-70 f 2.8 ex DG. compared to the canon L series it's the same league for a lot less money.
     
  16. john starkey

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    Hi Mark,thanks for the advice very much appreciated,
    regards john.
     
  17. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Bargain, John!

    I've been considering this lens, as it offers great optical quality vs. price and I could do with a longer focal range.

    After seeing Mark's results too, it only serves to reinforce what a good buy it is!
     
  18. Sye Davies

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    a bargain at Jessops........do they really exist. :lol:

    looks like you got one John :D
     
  19. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    I sye,
    wha a bargain the cheapest myself and dan Crawford had seen it was £165,so well pleased they still have some left in various stores,
    regards john
     
  20. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    nice one john, cracking lens for the money and glad you got the APO version with the nicer glass :)
     

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