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Best < $500 Lenses

by indyman6 / April 13, 2006 9:16 AM PDT

I am looking for the best sub $500:
a.) 17-70mm lenses ? Sigma F2.8-4.5
b.) 20 to 30mm prime lense ?1.4
c.) 70 or 100 to 300mm telephoto lense
to go with a Canon 20D.
The best flash cards (Compact flash) Sandisk or Lexar?
The best place to get Photo books made for major trips and events from my photos?

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You don't get many good, Canon lenses for less than
by Kiddpeat / April 13, 2006 9:37 AM PDT
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$500. My advice is to stay with Canon, and get the best medium range zoom that you can afford. I would aim for L lenses, although I realize that they are costly. Then save your money for additional and/or better lenses. I just talked to a bunch of working pros last night. They said to stick with Canon or Nikon. They are both good. Anything else isn't.

I use the Sandisk Extreme III 1gig with the 20D. It is fast enough that the camera doesn't seem to be slowed down by it. I always shoot raw unless I'm running short on space.

Also, look for a portable harddrive with a built in card reader. You'll be surprised how fast those cards fill up. When I'm traveling, I usually have a portable computer that can burn a second copy of the images to CD.

I have no experience with photo books, but there are all kinds of services around these days.

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Canon Lenses for 20 D
by rogernoel / April 17, 2006 10:24 AM PDT

I agree with the previous writer that Canon lens are your best choice for your camera but, look at some third party lenses too. I don't know what your objective is in photography and what you want to shoot. Moreover, there is also the question how large are you going to print the pictures?

No argument that Canon L lenses are the cream of the crop, and if you are a pro and can afford it, go for the L's. On the other hand, I have six lenses, no L's and two are Sigma lenses. The Sigma 10-20 mm WA has been an excellent lens for me. I use a Canon 28-135mm USM IS as my walk around lens. For my tele use, I have the new Canon 70-300 USM IS lens and for portraits, I use the very cheap but great Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. My next purchase will be the 30D, but I am an amateur and still getting by with the Canon 300D.

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by Alan Copeland / April 17, 2006 11:02 AM PDT
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I just ordered a Tamron 70-300 for my Minolta 5D. They also make it for Canon and Nikon. The newest Di model is due out in May. Cost is around $160. You can get the non-Di model for $10 less if you look around, but it appears that dealer inventory is slim at this time. FWIW, I ordered mine from Adorama. They had the best price I could find. I have heard from others who have the older version and they say it is a killer lens.

I bought Lexar 80X 2GB CF for my 5D. I have heard good things about other brands, but it seems that some brands don't work well with all cameras.

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I just checked Adorama in the last few days. User rating
by Kiddpeat / April 17, 2006 12:19 PM PDT
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is 5 out of 10. Watch out! That sure didn't look good to me. 17th Street Photo, by contrast, was scoring a 10. B&H is also very reliable, and scores high.

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