Digital SLR Cameras Forum

Digital SLRs Forum Discuss digital SLRs, lenses, RAW conversion, or anything else related to digital SLRs. You may also want to see the Nikon, Canon, and Sony camera forums.
Digital Camera Pro Reviews >>
Read and Write Digital SLR Reviews >>
Digital SLR Buyer's Guide >>
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    27

    Help Please: IS Lens Choice

    I'd really like to get my hands on a stabilized lens for my Rebel XTi. A search of the options available completely baffles me, there are so many choices. I want a "tourist" lens, a jack of all trades as it were. I realize that a lens like this will not have spectacular performance at either end of the spectrum, but something that can do decent "person(s) standing in front of landmark" pictures, as well as a good zoom to get a good look at some far off object.

    I do have another "want", and that is decent low-light performance. I don't need night vision, but one of the most frustrating features of my multiple-stock-canon-lens collection is that anytime you're in a low light situation, the lenses demand a flash - or, you have to play statue or brace the camera against something solid in the hope of preventing motion blur. Anything I could get that would delay the necessity for a flash or tripod would be nice.

    I was thinking something like one of these might be OK:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._5_5_6_IS.html
    Last edited by John Q. Camera; 09-15-2009 at 02:52 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member OldClicker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Mundelein, IL USA
    Posts
    4,075

    Re: Help Please: IS Lens Choice

    Budget? - TF
    -----------------
    I am no better than you. I critique to teach myself to see.
    -----------------
    Feel free to edit my photos or do anything else that will help me learn.
    -----------------
    Sony/Minolta - way more gear than talent.

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    27

    Re: Help Please: IS Lens Choice

    $450 +/- $100. For an exceptional lens or necessity I might make deviate more.

  4. #4
    Learning more with every "click" mjs1973's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Mineral Point, WI, USA
    Posts
    7,562

    Re: Help Please: IS Lens Choice

    Hmmm, that's a lot to ask from one lens, especially with a relatively small budget. I think the lens you linked to covers a nice range and seems to fill your request from the first part of your post.

    After reading the second part of your post, I think the lens you linked to is going to be too slow. When you say 'motion blur' are you talking about your subject not being sharp because it's moving, or because the camera/you are moving i.e. camera shake? Motion blur and camera shake are two very different things. Based on everything you said, I'm assuming you are talking about camera shake. The IS should help out a lot with this, but IS can only do so much. A faster maximum aperture along with IS would really help. I'm guessing that the lens you linked to isn't much faster than your stock lenses. You may want to look for something with a faster aperture, but I don't think there is a fast lens with a wide zoom range like you are looking for.
    Mike

    My website
    Twitter
    Blog


    "I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view."
    Aldo Leopold

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    27

    Re: Help Please: IS Lens Choice

    I guess I just need better speed, the shutter remaining open allows both motion blur and camera shake to blur the subject. I'd be willing to sacrifice some zoom ability to get the better low-light capability. My fav stock lens is an 18-55 and that stays on the camera 90% or the time.

    Any more suggestions?
    Last edited by John Q. Camera; 09-15-2009 at 08:05 PM.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Anbesol's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    3,430

    Re: Help Please: IS Lens Choice

    well there is no huge f/2.8 superzoom, which sounds like what you want. The one you linked to is the best for what you said you were looking for, *except* for the speed issue. I would consider getting the lens you linked and adding the 50mm f/1.8 to it for the specific purpose of low-light and fast aperture use, its only some $90, great quality, fastest aperture you'll get under $350...

    As far as combining the need for huge range and fast aperture, sorry but you get one or the other.

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    27

    Re: Help Please: IS Lens Choice

    I'll take a look at the 50mm lens. Honestly, it isn't necessarily the super zoom I'm needing, something down to 100 would have been OK, but I can see that my options are limited by my budget.

    A bit more research shows that probably something in the "L" series would have been best, say 24-70 or 24-105. Unfortunately they're way out my budget.

    Thanks much for the help!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •