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Lenses for my D Rebel

by JDB2 / December 15, 2004 11:31 AM PST

I'm looking for advice on lens selection for the Canon Rebel. It came with an 18-55 in the box. I want to take advantage of the rebates Canon is offering and purchase a couple of lenses. I'm definately going to get the Canon EF 28-135 F3.5-5.6 USM IMAGE STABILIZER LENS. I have only heard good things about this lens. I was also considering the EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens, but the reviews weren't that great. I want a longer lens for outdoor sporting, scenery, wildlife etc.. Is there a better choice to spend my $400 ($300 after rebate)?

Also what does the digital image translate into. In other words what is the real length of a 200mm lens on a digital camera?


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Drebel Lens
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 15, 2004 12:37 PM PST
In reply to: Lenses for my D Rebel

The focal length multiplier is 1.6

So a 200mm lens = 320mm (200 x 1.6)

I think that translates to almost 9X.


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Another personal comment
by jump1127 / December 15, 2004 4:12 PM PST
In reply to: Lenses for my D Rebel

If you really look for a good lense and have a money to spend, go for 70-200mm F2.8 L ( no need for IS ) Yes, it's very expensive ( around $ 1000 ). But, I tested on Canon D300( Rebel ) and D20; the results were very impressive. These lense will definitely outlast your camera for years to come. Good luck.

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by JDB2 / December 15, 2004 9:20 PM PST

Thanks for the info. 300mm is where I maxed out on my 35mm SLR, and the 70-200mm gets to 320mm with the Digital factor. I bought a doubler for my 35mm and used it once because of poor pics. My question is will Canons 2x converter give me great results? Also, does the lower f stop give me that much better photogragh, in comparison with the price?

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by jump1127 / December 15, 2004 11:25 PM PST
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I personally don't like the converter. In many cases, it deviates and gives too much picture deviation & distortion. In my opinion, the fixed lenses give the best picture result, regardless of inconvenience.

Although the lower F-stop lense is for the brighter picture, the lower F-stop does not guarantee you always a good picture result.As the matter of fact, it's the detailed lenses inside the zoom lense that do the works, for instance, sharpen image, correct light color and rays, and gather the light volume and direction. The Canon 70-200 mm F2.8L, I previously mentioned, will keep the same 2.8F-Stop throughout 70-200 mm, unlike many zoom lenses where F-Stop changes over the different focal length; therefore, it gives camera's owner less concern over the in consistent aperture factor. In addition to that, the larger L-lense diameter of 77mm significantly edges out the lighting and contrast over Canon's regular 58mm zoom lense. The burden will be the money to be spent on the lense. Personally, I'm quite happy with the 3 Canon L-lenses I have. Choose wisely. Good luck.

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