Lens Recomendations - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
 
Photographers Corner This forum is specifically for talk about camera's and photography. question about a camera or how to get that perfect shot post it here.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
2weelpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Spring Grove, IL
Posts: 18,082
Location: Spring Grove, IL
Sportbike: yz250f
Years Riding: 25 years
How you found us: dont recall
           
Lens Recomendations

Rebel XT
The only lens I have is the kit lens 18-55 ?
My abilities are very very limited

Im heading to Yellowstone this summer and need a lens or two. Its obviously outdoor etc that will be the bulk of the photos.

Thoughts?

Any deals that are out there that you can provide a link to?

Thoughts on buying used vs. new?

Mike

When the tailgate drops..the bullshit stops
Hunt ethically - Hunt with a trained Retriever !
2weelpilot is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 12:36 PM
Serious inquiries only
 
Mort82's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Never-Neverland
Posts: 13,776
Location: Never-Neverland
Sportbike: Specialized Allez Comp; Gkotlin's SV650
Years Riding: Always learning
How you found us: Google
           
Send a message via AIM to Mort82
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2weelpilot View Post
Thoughts on buying used vs. new?
for used, I wouldn't buy anywhere except www.keh.com

Canon line I do not know, but a zoom would be a great idea!
Mort82 is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 12:47 PM
The Halo hides my Horns
 
Lonely Raven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 12,690
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Sportbike: SV650
Years Riding: 1 year
How you found us: Google
           
Ditto everything Mort said.

But I would also add, a simple, inexpensive 50mm f/1.8 is a great way to really learn photography.

aut cum scuto aut in scuto

http://www.firespeedtactical.com

My ZenFolio Gallery: www.LonelyRaven.ZenFolio.com
Lonely Raven is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 01:15 PM
underpaid pilot
 
AJ Crowley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Montgomery, IL
Posts: 1,217
Location: Montgomery, IL
Sportbike: 2001 Honda F4i track bike, 2007 Harley VRSCDX
Years Riding: 12 years
How you found us: Evil monkey made me do it!
           
Not sure what your price range is, but this good mid level zoom.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

It has the new dual mode IS, and USM AF. You can go much cheaper is you are willing to give up the IS and USM.

Here's the non IS, and USM model. Much cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-75-300mm...3688065&sr=1-7

Here's a nice 50mm F1.4

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Standard...3688065&sr=1-3

These are all mid-lower end models. If you have money to burn and want the best go with L series lenses. At any sporting event all you see on the sidelines are Canon L series lenses. They are the best in the world, but you pay for it.

An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards

Dave
NESBA #3.14159 1/4
2001 Honda F4i


Quote:
Originally Posted by Chicago Performance View Post

Man that dude has a nice rack though....
AJ Crowley is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 01:25 PM
Jewrassic Park Runaway
 
samal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Buffalo Grove
Posts: 2,633
Location: Buffalo Grove
Sportbike: 2008 Yamaha FZ1 Sleeper
Years Riding: I quit smoking 6 years ago
How you found us: www.chicagorussianriders.com
           
OK, you have to decide if you want the convinience of a long zoom lens vs the better quality of 2 lenses but you trade off the ability to walk all day with the same lens attached.

I went that way and stopped using my 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 and got 18-50 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8. My camera bag is 3 lbs heavier and bigger to accomodate the telephoto, but I learned limitations of a super-long zoom lens and did not want to live with them

What are you going to shoot? if you are going to shoot in low light and/or action shots - you will need as fast of the lens as you can afford - actually 2 lenses if you want to go from wide angle to the telephoto something like Canon 18-50 f/2.8($600 used), or same in Sigma ($400 used) or Tamron 17 - 50 f/2.8($300 used) and add telephoto to it, something like Canon 70 -200 f/2.8 L ($1000 used) or Canon 70-200 f/4.0 L ($600 used) or Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 ($500-600 used) - you will need to carry 2 lenses

if most of your shooting will be done in nice light and will not have sports/action, you can go for much cheaper slower lens and have added convinience of not carrying heavy stuff around. I have Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 ($300 used) and took lots of great shots with it - very convinient all arounder lens that can handle most of situtations, especially with built-in Optical Stabilizer. For vacation photos - that would be my first choice. this or same lens by Canon ($500 used)

Actually I am debating if I should sell mine - since I can see myself in situations when lugging a massive 70-200 will be not practical

If you want, we can hook up and I will show you all my gear for you to look at and decide.

I took chances and bought my lenses used, just made sure they had remaining warranty and not filled out warranty card - I went with Sigma as all my lenses since they have best 4 years warranty and twice cheaper than comparable canon without being worse in Image Quality, but only being not as well built as Canons

Last edited by samal; 02-03-2009 at 01:35 PM.
samal is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 01:29 PM
The Victim Newbie
 
clearwaterms's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Westchester, IL
Posts: 7,384
Location: Westchester, IL
Sportbike: 2007 mountain bike
Years Riding: just started
How you found us: svrider.com
           
Send a message via AIM to clearwaterms Send a message via MSN to clearwaterms Send a message via Yahoo to clearwaterms
Mike

I know nothing about camera's, but would think a monopod (the single stick tripod thingy, i thinki it's called a monopod) will help if you are going to do wildlife photography with a zoom lense

<-- Chris

turn the bars left and go right; that just isn't right
clearwaterms is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,882
           
I think Yellowstone will provide quite a bit of scenery that a wide angle lens would be nice. I've tried and like the Tokina 12-24 f/4 (I believe that have a Canon version)
http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...f4_review.html

And then as AJ said I'd go with the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens. Those would probably be my top two picks for a trip such as yours.
BIGGY is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,882
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by clearwaterms View Post
Mike

I know nothing about camera's, but would think a monopod (the single stick tripod thingy, i thinki it's called a monopod) will help if you are going to do wildlife photography with a zoom lense
Monopods are good especially if you have a heavy lens. They're also nicer if you're not moving around as much and don't have to fold it up. If there's enough light and the lens isn't that heavy then a monopod might not be necessary. I only say that because I generally try to budget on things I'd really need, but sure if it's not an issue money wise then I'd pick one up.
BIGGY is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 01:59 PM
Jewrassic Park Runaway
 
samal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Buffalo Grove
Posts: 2,633
Location: Buffalo Grove
Sportbike: 2008 Yamaha FZ1 Sleeper
Years Riding: I quit smoking 6 years ago
How you found us: www.chicagorussianriders.com
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by BIGGY View Post
I think Yellowstone will provide quite a bit of scenery that a wide angle lens would be nice. I've tried and like the Tokina 12-24 f/4 (I believe that have a Canon version)
http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...f4_review.html

And then as AJ said I'd go with the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens. Those would probably be my top two picks for a trip such as yours.
when I was shopping for a telephoto - I looked at Canon 75-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM and decided to pass - this is one of the cheapest build and IQ lenses that Canon made. Reviews are really not good, here is one: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/r...ns-Review.aspx

Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 III USM is a bit better, but expensive
samal is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,882
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by samal View Post
when I was shopping for a telephoto - I looked at Canon 75-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM and decided to pass - this is one of the cheapest build and IQ lenses that Canon made. Reviews are really not good, here is one: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/r...ns-Review.aspx

Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 III USM is a bit better, but expensive
Isn't that the same lens I suggested?
BIGGY is offline  
post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 03:02 PM
Jewrassic Park Runaway
 
samal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Buffalo Grove
Posts: 2,633
Location: Buffalo Grove
Sportbike: 2008 Yamaha FZ1 Sleeper
Years Riding: I quit smoking 6 years ago
How you found us: www.chicagorussianriders.com
           
I was referring to the AJ's post where he gave a link to 75-300, in addition to 70-300.

however for the price of 70-300 I would go for 70-200 L f/4.0 or even better, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
samal is offline  
post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
2weelpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Spring Grove, IL
Posts: 18,082
Location: Spring Grove, IL
Sportbike: yz250f
Years Riding: 25 years
How you found us: dont recall
           
so much to digest...
I know theres no perfect lens or answer....

Mike

When the tailgate drops..the bullshit stops
Hunt ethically - Hunt with a trained Retriever !
2weelpilot is offline  
post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 08:02 PM
Registered User
 
NickIF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Posts: 3,260
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Sportbike: FJR1300
Years Riding: greater than a decade.
How you found us: google
           
Send a message via AIM to NickIF
When are you going? I'll be there in the beginning of june and will also be picking up one or two lenses for my D40X
NickIF is offline  
post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
2weelpilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Spring Grove, IL
Posts: 18,082
Location: Spring Grove, IL
Sportbike: yz250f
Years Riding: 25 years
How you found us: dont recall
           
not sure
PLEASE tell me that doesnt effect my lens decison!!!! ?????

Mike

When the tailgate drops..the bullshit stops
Hunt ethically - Hunt with a trained Retriever !
2weelpilot is offline  
post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 08:13 PM
Registered User
 
NickIF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Posts: 3,260
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Sportbike: FJR1300
Years Riding: greater than a decade.
How you found us: google
           
Send a message via AIM to NickIF
LOL, no... I just came into the photography forum to post up the exact same question. I thought it was funny.
NickIF is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome