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I just bought a new Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L lens. It's in the middle of shipping.

So excited.
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Loving the Tamron, it's punchy.

Only time it's ever let me down is taking group shots @ 17mm at large apertures, the field curvature bug causes problems - can't really get everyone's faces sharp.

But since I rarely take group shots it's not much of a worry for me.
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I just bought a new Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L lens. It's in the middle of shipping.

So excited.


Ooooh! Nice!
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Has anyone got suggestions on web sites with reviews & comparisons of lenses?

I am still researching what would be the best lens for my gf's new 400D when she gets it on
her birthday, as I believe that the canon lens that comes with the bundle isnt worth the
packaging its wrapped in??
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Check our FredMiranda.com - great site!

I just added the 85L F1.2 MK II to my kit and got the 16-35 MK II few months back...

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also any suggestion on filters for outdoor stuff & club type stuff (if there are filters for club type shots)
are there any filters that are better than others?

So far looks like I will get her a 50mm ef f/1.8 II as an all purpose lens ?? (will it suit)
I mean its cheap and from reading these forums alot of people like them..

Thanks for peoples help.

BTW dastrix thats an impressive selection of lenses..
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Polariser and perhaps graduated ND could come in useful for outdoor stuff.
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www.photographyreview.com - all the lens reviews you could wish for
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Has anyone got suggestions on web sites with reviews & comparisons of lenses?

I am still researching what would be the best lens for my gf's new 400D when she gets it on
her birthday, as I believe that the canon lens that comes with the bundle isnt worth the
packaging its wrapped in??

I second phunkdust's call on the Tamron 17-50 in place of the kit lens. Having f2.8 for the full zoom range gives you lots of opportuntieis for depth of field fun.
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also any suggestion on filters for outdoor stuff & club type stuff (if there are filters for club type shots)
are there any filters that are better than others?

So far looks like I will get her a 50mm ef f/1.8 II as an all purpose lens ?? (will it suit)
I mean its cheap and from reading these forums alot of people like them..

Thanks for peoples help.

BTW dastrix thats an impressive selection of lenses..

As far I know about filters (and it isn't much)-
UV filter - Blocks out the blue-ish haze in outdoor shots.
(Circular) Polariser - Removes reflections (from shiny surfaces/windows etc)

If you have a look at the Hoya Filters page theres sample photos taken with the filters.
http://www.hoyafilter.com/products/hoya/index.html

For club shots, a lot of people have recommended to me to buy a UV filter- not for the effect but to protect the lens. If you're doing club shots the lens will get knocked around, and if the front gets scratched, then you're only replacing a filter, and not the whole lens.

The 50mm f/1.8 is a good one to get. You can get some great quality shots, and the large aperture is really handy- I mainly use it for gig shots, where there's low light and I don't want to use the flash. But you can use it for plenty of other shots.
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UV filtering doesn't really do anything for digital SLRs, as sensors aren't sensitive to UV.

Hoya actually makes plain optical glass filters now that are marketed just as lens protectors.
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Also, a trip to www.slrgear.com is always worthwhile. I love the interactive blur plots, they're so much fun.

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thanks LA checked out that lens and it looks like a goodun for a bit of all purpose. Prob a
bit much at the moment given I just shelled out for the camera & will prob go the 50mm ef
for now.

Thanks to duke, phunk & klips also.

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It is, eh no worries, I find that between it and dpreview I can get pretty much all the information I need for something (although not everything I want sometimes )

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Ooooh! Nice!

I read a lot of reviews that some owners has bad apple copies. I'm getting mine from UPS Courier on Monday (Amsterdam-time).
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Sneekers (and anyone else using one), I'm getting the 40D and considering the 17-85. Is it worth the extra $400 or so over the 18-55?

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have you thought of the 17-55? it is a wonderful lens with f/2.8 & IS. Faster lens will thank you when taking photos like in nightclubs. The lens is sharper as well compared to 17-85.
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Anyone know anything about the Sigma 17-70 f2.8 DC Macro?

http://www.camerastore.com.au/Sigma+...nt-details.htm

Price looks good, and fredmiranda has good things to say.

Forget that, I've found the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro. Thoughts?

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Anyone know anything about the Sigma 17-70 f2.8 DC Macro?

http://www.camerastore.com.au/Sigma+...nt-details.htm

Price looks good, and fredmiranda has good things to say.

Forget that, I've found the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro. Thoughts?

the 18-50 f/2.8 is dope. for the price its a great lens and is one of the few sigma lenses i actually recommend.

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the 18-50 f/2.8 is dope. for the price its a great lens and is one of the few sigma lenses i actually recommend.

Sold. Thanks Rancho.
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One more to throw into the mix:

http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/tamron.htm#17-50

Anyone know anything about the Tamron 17-50 f2.8?
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OK, I think I have resolved my new lens epic: Sigma 20mm f/1.8 and a Canon 50mm f/1.8, which should complement my 35mm f/2, and all are full frame for when I eventually upgrade to full frame body. Excitement!
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One more to throw into the mix:

http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/tamron.htm#17-50

Anyone know anything about the Tamron 17-50 f2.8?

phunkdust has one. i think he posted about it somewhere... maybe even this thread.

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OK, I think I have resolved my new lens epic: Sigma 20mm f/1.8 and a Canon 50mm f/1.8, which should complement my 35mm f/2, and all are full frame for when I eventually upgrade to full frame body. Excitement!

plus.. only the coolest kids use all primes

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That was also a major consideration.
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One more to throw into the mix:

http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/tamron.htm#17-50

Anyone know anything about the Tamron 17-50 f2.8?

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Sneekers (and anyone else using one), I'm getting the 40D and considering the 17-85. Is it worth the extra $400 or so over the 18-55?

EDIT: Milux....

I'm probably not the best person for camera advice (I'm still quite a n00b) but I bought the 18-55 kit, used it on two occassions (photos for friend's band and the Motor Show) and immediately wanted to buy another lens. (But I think I may have just been disappointed after spending all this money on a 30D, trying it out, and getting average quality out of it).

I wanted something with better quality and Image Stabilizer (which the 17-85 IS is good for) but I also wanted a large aperture. So I ended up waiting and saving for a bit longer and got the 17-55

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have you thought of the 17-55? it is a wonderful lens with f/2.8 & IS. Faster lens will thank you when taking photos like in nightclubs. The lens is sharper as well compared to 17-85.

One thing I like is that it has f/2.8 through it's entire zoom range, which is quite nifty
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phunkdust has one. i think he posted about it somewhere... maybe even this thread.

It's shit hot. Field curvature at 17mm is a problem so if you're taking a group shot, best to walk back a bit and zoom in a little.
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Is anybody here selling a canon lens 50mm 1.4

Look at this first: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/140/cat/10

Most notably this comment:

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Prior to testing it, we'd heard the buzz that the Canon 50mm f/1.4 prime (non-zoom lens) was a little soft when shot wide open. Even with that preparation though, we about fell out of our chairs when we first saw its blur plots. Yikes! - This is a prime? At f/1.4, this lens has the dubious distinction of having one of the worst blur characteristics among the 20 or so lenses we've tested at this point.


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Forget that, I've found the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro. Thoughts?



The 18-50 is my new favourite lens.

Great build, excellent lens for the money.



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Look at this first: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/140/cat/10

Most notably this comment:

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Finally got my 20mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8, as well as unearthing my old 75-300 at my parents place. I'm looking at picking up a mates old sigma 24-70 f/2.8 after he upgraded to the L series. Lens' like whoa!
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Anyone know anything about the Sigma 17-70 f2.8 DC Macro?

FWIW I've got one for my 20D and am very happy with it for the price. I wanted a mid-range lens with macro capabilities, which seems to be a rarity, and this does the trick as well as anything else I've heard of, and for 400ish bucks I reckon it's a bargain.
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Going back to Hong Kong in a few weeks

Next Lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens
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Next Lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens

I have been looking at that one, although I'm thinking for about the same money I would rather have the f4 IS version. But it's horses for courses - if i was doing a lot of gig/club shooting I would probably rather have an extra f-stop than IS.
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i've got the 70-200 f2.8 with out the IS

i duno with me, i cant tell the difference with and without IS, i've used both..
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i've got the 70-200 f2.8 with out the IS

i duno with me, i cant tell the difference with and without IS, i've used both..

ive got fairly stable hands and the difference is still quite noticble with IS on/off. was it worth the extra cash? yep. ive only taken 1 shot that i know i wouldnt have got without the IS and that 1 shot is so fucking good that any regret was instantly dismissed :blush:

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i've got the 70-200 f2.8 with out the IS

i duno with me, i cant tell the difference with and without IS, i've used both..

Wow, you can't tell the difference between unstablised and with 3 stop stabilisation? You either have arms of iron or weren't shooting anywhere that actually required IS.

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or i up the shutter speed

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or i up the shutter speed

lol

IS > underexposure

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pat i've only got the non IS version, i test driven both but i opted for the non is version,

brad, up the iso or go for a larger aperture !
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pat i've only got the non IS version, i test driven both but i opted for the non is version,

brad, up the iso or go for a larger aperture !

what happens when you reach your limits?

IS > underexposure/too shallow dof/too noisey

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i've got the 70-200 f2.8 with out the IS

i duno with me, i cant tell the difference with and without IS, i've used both..

shit, sorry man, i did not read it properly

so do you use it alot ?
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I WANT IS!!

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Thanks to ligament damage from a motorbike accident a few years ago, my hands shake like a bogan teenagers screaming baby.

I WANT IS!!

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Haha, no it was a Honda CX500. It was a heavy bike, that was underpowered, and had shit brakes that wouldn't pull the thing up when I really needed to stop - like when some silly cow "didn't see you" and pulls out infront of you, causing you to nearly t-bone her, and drop the bike instead.

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