NFR: Suggestions on buying a SLR Camera Lens (Christmas present content).

Josh

dead in the water
#16
i hate making decisions! ha
People can get as deep into nitpicking about lenses as they can about nitpicking fly rods. And the answer to both issues is usually the same, buy something in your price range and get out there to shoot/fish. Over thinking just wastes your time.
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#18
Ditto what Fred said. Have used BH and Adorama several times each with no problems.

Just 2 cents from the peanut gallery. Many years back I got into camera gear (Nikon & Nikkors) because I had had so much fun with an old Praktica with a fixed 35mm lens. I had an opportunity to get gear at store costs so I developed a modest collection of lenses (5). Some years later I realized the joy was gone because everything somehow got too complicated. Seemed like I spent most of my time wishing I had a different lens on. All I'm saying is there's something to be said for limiting yourself. And you don't have to lug around XX pounds of gear. (My favorites were a 28 and the 85. The 28 because it works well indoors and doesn't distort much. The 85 for candid shots of people and it was fast. My vote would be to find a fast/modest/compact zoom in that range and stick with it. Or just the 50.) KISS
Obviously that doesn't work if your really at the pro level.
out
 

seatownbrock

Still in the 206.....
#19
People can get as deep into nitpicking about lenses as they can about nitpicking fly rods.
Ain't that the truth... not to mention the Nikon vs Canon debate.
But we all know that Canon won that one a few years ago....:rofl:
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#20
Chris - Another thought would be to find a B&W developing class somewhere. That was thoroughly enjoyable for me. Darkroom time seemed to fly by.
Oops, sorry, realize now you're digital. Maybe there's something there though.
Happy HoHo
 

Josh

dead in the water
#21
Chris - Another thought would be to find a B&W developing class somewhere. That was thoroughly enjoyable for me. Darkroom time seemed to fly by.
Happy HoHo
While I agree that darkroom time can be fun, a b&w developing class is going to be of little use to someone with a Canon XTi. As the XTi is a digital SLR.
 

alpinetrout

Banned or Parked
#22
This lens is well regarded, but is slightly over your price range. though it does have IS (internal stabilization) which is a godsend for slow shutter speeds:

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-17-85mm...5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1197957714&sr=8-5
The EF-S 17-85 IS is my go-to lens for general purpose stuff. It's a little slow, but the IS helps with that. If you use the lens hood with it, make sure you have an external flash. Otherwise you'll get hood shadow on close subjects using the pop-up flash.
 

Chris Puma

hates waking up early
#25
i made my decision! i went to the camera shop and tried out a few lenses. i went with the canon 18-55 with image stability. it's cheap enough where i can buy her some more presents. it'll give her some wide angle feel as well.

thanks everyone!

 

Dan Nelson

Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum
#26
No brainer on this one.

Canon 28-135

Great quality lens at about $400. If you want to cover the full range you would also want a wide angle and a 70-200mm. But the 28-135 is the place to start. I have lenses covering from 17mm up to 300mm and the 28-135 is my go to lens.
iagree

I've used this lens professional for nearly a decade and it has paid for itself countless times. With the Image Stabilization, it's a nice general purpose lens that fits that mid-zoom range very well, and is a great one-lens option for hiking/backpacking/hike-in fishing. Primary draw back is the digital conversion factor of 1.6 means the low end (28mm) is really a 44 mm so I typically add a 10-22mm zoom to cover my wide angle needs.
 

Jay Allyn

The Poor-Student Fly Fisher
#27
No brainer on this one.

Canon 28-135

Great quality lens at about $400. If you want to cover the full range you would also want a wide angle and a 70-200mm. But the 28-135 is the place to start. I have lenses covering from 17mm up to 300mm and the 28-135 is my go to lens.
This is my go to lens also for my photojournalism classes.