View Full Version : What all purpose lense should I buy for my Eos 30d?
05-15-2007, 02:39 PM
I am slowly building up a kit but I am on an extremely limited budget. I currently have an Eos 30d with an 18-55mm lense and a Canon Speed Lite 580ex. My next key purchase will be a NEW zoom lense that will allow me a great deal more flexibility then my standard zoom lense, which came with the Camera. I am looking for the maximum aperture of the lense to be larger than f/5.6. I want to be albe to zoom in on the details of people chating and get close ups of faces without hovering over people or being conspicuous, as well as producing very wide angle shots in order to get buildings and groups of people captured effectively. What efls would be most suitable I'm thinking something around 200mm. I don't want to spend anymore than £300 max........
05-15-2007, 05:28 PM
A good low-budget lens is the 70-300 goes to f4. Youll need a tripod when you shoot as max zoom
Here are shots I got with this lens 3-4 years ago. I was at the back of aa bunch of people
05-16-2007, 12:30 PM
I'd agree with Colin on that one, the Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 USM will come well within your budget, currently £155 at warehouse express (make sure you get the MkIII USM model - there is a cheaper one but the focusing is a lot slower).
The other thing to do is check the used lenes in your local stores & online for a 70 - 200 f4 L. This is a little gem of a lens, superb image quality, not too heavy to carry around & fast focusing. I love mine - I use it all the time despite having recently bought the 100-400. New it's a bit out of your range (£429 at warehouse express) but MXV have it used for £375. A bit of hunting around may turn one up in your price range as it's been replaced by the IS model for a load more ££££!
A tip worth knowing is that Jessops seem more than happy to price match anything warehouse express are offering (or at least the one in Birmingham is) just turn up with a copy of thier ad from most magazines & you should get that price. Plus you get to play with lots of lenses before you buy :)
05-16-2007, 01:41 PM
Good lens. I got it too... Here are some more photos with that lens:
05-17-2007, 02:00 PM
Thanks for all the advice I am very tempted by the Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 MK III USM model which I have had a peak at on warehouse express! I will post some image if I go ahead and purchase it!
05-21-2007, 05:06 PM
What does everybody think of the Canon EF 55-200MM f4.5/5.6 MK II USM lens? for an all purpose lens as opposed to the Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 MK III USM , I am purchasing a new Lens to use at Weddings.......
[Edited on 21/5/2007 by genexxa]
05-21-2007, 05:15 PM
I have the 70-200 IS 2.8L and its fantastic, a bit pricy and heavy, Don't have any expreince with the EF
05-21-2007, 05:20 PM
For weddings I would look for a lens that has a wide angle zoom that has a built in stabilizer. I cannot be much help in telling you what lens but if you do a little searching.
They are coming up with new stuff all the time and the built in stablizers really work. I believe either Sigma or Tamron have one in their line.
Let us know how you like working weddings:lol:( or :cool:
05-21-2007, 05:22 PM
I believe that lens has a stablizer in it doesn't it Colin?
05-21-2007, 05:37 PM
The lens I have does yes. I have also see the 70-300 with an IS (IS = Image Stabalizer)
05-22-2007, 05:47 AM
To get something with a stabilizer is going to be outside of your budget so I shouldn't worry about that at this stage.
The 55-200 is ok - is exactly the same quality as your kit lens - but I didn't like it so I upgraded to the 70-200 f4 L.
If your looking at doing weddings I wouldn't go for a 200mm (which equates to 320mm in your canon) but go for something shorter and faster. I have a Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 EX DG (£214) which I bought for indoor use at horseshows. Theres also a 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro version (£278). I'll dig out some pictures later & post them.
One of the favourites with wedding photographers atm seems to be the canon EF24-105mm f4 L IS but its not cheap (£650). Have a read of the Canon Lens forum at www.dpreview.com.
05-22-2007, 01:22 PM
Yes, I have come to the conclusion that a focal length of 300mm is not necessary for my main use and would also require a tripod, I like to work in a more free flowing style at Weddings. The reason I would want something up to 200mm is so I can zoom in on the details of people chatting etc without hoverng over them, and also get the detail of peoples faces when seated for the ceremony etc. I already own and Canon 18-55mm.
The 70-200 f4 L. looks like a fantastic lense and gets consistantly excellant reviews but is just way out of my price threshold.... maybe someday ; )
I am little confused now as to what to go for!!
05-22-2007, 02:29 PM
I think you shouldn't look for just one lens. I got a sigma 17-35, a 28-135 and a 70-300 lens. As you can see i got a long range to cover. I'm looking for a 500 or so lens, but that's really pricy and not what you're asking....
Maybe go for a lens for wide angle range because you're dealing with the 1,6 (what's it called again in English?) so the 17 equals the 28 and the 135 equals the 180 (give and take a few)....
I wouldn't say there's a "wedding" lens because there isn't any! Just try to look for the range you need and maybe buy later another lens that has more range or wider angle.
05-22-2007, 03:02 PM
What Hermie is saying is that the effective focal length of the lens is not as it states because the 30d has a less than full frame sensor.
What this means is that the 70-200 lens is truely that on a 35mm film camera or a full frame digital (like the 5d). The smaller sensor in the 30d means you have to multiply the focal length by 1.6 to get the 35mm equivalent. So on the 30d the 70-200 is actually 112-320.
The 24-70 I suggested above would be 38-112 on the 30d. The image quality of the Sigma EX lenses is not far behind the canon L's.
A couple of other options in the same range would be Canon EF28-105mm f3.5-4.5 (£175) or canon EF28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS (£295). The second one has the image stabiliser built in so you're effectivly gaining an fstop.
For a comparative review of some of the options have a look at http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html#canon
05-22-2007, 03:59 PM
Ok thats fantastic and really sheds some light into what I would actually require, your help is greatly appreciated!! I may very well have a look at the 24-70mm in more detail....I :roll
05-22-2007, 06:24 PM
I've popped a couple of pics online taken with my 28-70 which may give you an idea relative to what you may want to do.
I scaled them down a bit to make them easier to load but other than the last one are straight out the camera.
[Edited on 22/5/2007 by Hardy]
05-22-2007, 11:01 PM
Hardy, boo, your links aren't working. I want to see.
05-22-2007, 11:31 PM
Ok I have been offered a chance to purchase a Canon EF28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS lense what sort of price do these normally go for second hand?? I have been having a play with it and it certainly seems a suitable option for weddings etc......
05-23-2007, 05:40 AM
Ffordes (WWW.FORDES.co.uk) have one for £219 - can't quickly find any more second hand ones! New they are £295.
Hopefully the links work now Skeptic :)
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