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Old 09-26-2007   #1
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Hi fellow shooters,

I wrote an article about my decision process when it came to purchasing a combo of high quality lenses without spending a fortune. I use a 30D so this applies to any owner of Canon EOS 1.6x crop bodies. I hope you'll find this useful.

Long story short, here is my combo:You can click here to read the full article.

I hope this will help other people who are in a similar situation.

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I didn't read the article, but in general, I'll agree that your choices are a sensible balance between price, versatility, and image quality. But for one exception: the 50 f/1.8 II. I tested both the original, metal mount, the Mark II, and the EF 50 f/1.4. The focusing mechanism on both the f/1.8's suffered from sloppy play, and resulted in inconsistency in my AF tests. They also did not have USM, with full time MF which may not be important to the beginner, has become a must have for any lens purchases now - especially for fast primes. All that said, if you cannot afford to have a fast prime beyond that $80 range, then really, focusing issues aside, you must get the f/1.8. A fast prime opens up too many possibilities to go with out.
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...the f/1.8's suffered from sloppy play, and resulted in inconsistency in my AF tests. They also did not have USM, with full time MF which may not be important to the beginner, has become a must have for any lens purchases now - especially for fast primes. All that said, if you cannot afford to have a fast prime beyond that $80 range, then really, focusing issues aside, you must get the f/1.8. A fast prime opens up too many possibilities to go with out.
Agreed. In my article I also mention the AF issue.
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just peeked at the article - very nice - and I like that you have real world samples from PBase linked to each lens recommended.
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just peeked at the article - very nice - and I like that you have real world samples from PBase linked to each lens recommended.
Thanks mate, I appreciate that.
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Good choices, the only one I would add is the Canon 300 F4.0, one of the best of the lot for small dollars.
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The EF 300mm f/4L IS is an amazing bargain, all things considered, but at $1150, unfortunately does not fit the criteria outlined in the article:

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* Fixed maximum aperture (at least f/4) across the zoom range
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I wasn't referring to the IS model, the 300L before the IS can be Ebayed for less than $600.
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Ahhhh. Buying used is always a good way to save some money. I've bought several lenses form ebay.
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I would add the 17-40. Though it is slightly above the $600 criteria (at around $680).


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