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Which lenses do you carry around with your SLR?

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1. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

I have been putting off buying new lenses for my Canon 300D for years, but every time i use it i come away thinking images are so soft! Anyway, i got a 580ex flash unit for Christmas, and my lenses are really holding me back now

Which lenses do you carry around with you most often? I'm thinking of going wide rather than long, as this will let me shoot a good variety of subjects, and is more suited to what i would like to do.

I was thinking of the Sigma 10-20 (about 16-34 on my 300D), apparently this is a very good lens, but i'm interested to hear what people traveling around carry with them :) The Canon 10-22 isn't really an option as it's about £100 more expensive, it might be a bit sharper, but i don't think the difference is 'that' big!

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Nikon 24-120mm VR. What lenses do you have now ? What f-stop do you shoot at ?

3. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Quoting Q'

What lenses do you have now?

Canon kit lens (18-55)
Sigma 70-300

Quoting Q'

What f-stop do you shoot at ?

Well that'll depend on what i'm shooting, where i'm shooting, how much light there is, etc... :p

I'm looking to go WIDE, so the Sigma 10-20 seems a good bet, and is small, so easy to have on the camera most of the time :)

For the longer end i'd like a 70-200 f2.8 L IS, and 300mm f4 L IS, but that can wait a bit ;) also the 24-70 f2.8 L would be quite cool

I might go and have a look tomorrow, and would be interested in seeing some more direct kit lens replacements (so, lenses covering the same range). Do you have any ideas on what to look at?

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting Anzxio

Well that'll depend on what i'm shooting, where i'm shooting, how much light there is, etc... :p

For landscapes, shoot at f8 and use a tripod. For indoors use your new flash off camera. You can get away with 5.6 or 4.

Quoting Anzxio

I'm looking to go WIDE, so the Sigma 10-20 seems a good bet, and is small, so easy to have on the camera most of the time :)

For the longer end i'd like a 70-200 f2.8 L IS, and 300mm f4 L IS, but that can wait a bit ;) also the 24-70 f2.8 L would be quite cool

I might go and have a look tomorrow, and would be interested in seeing some more direct kit lens replacements (so, lenses covering the same range). Do you have any ideas on what to look at?

Canon no. I've never heard of anyone using a 10-20mm most of the time unless all you shoot are landscapes. 30mm on the long end is not very useful.

5. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Slight change of plan (!), think i'm going to try and get a Canon 17-40L :)

6. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

I have exactly the same in my bag as you. The Sigma (as long as it's the APO version) is a great lens!

7. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Quoting cde3879

I have exactly the same in my bag as you. The Sigma (as long as it's the APO version) is a great lens!

Personally i hate it. It is cheap though, and is quite good value :) But it's really soft, and really slow at focusing (hunts a lot) :( However, replacing it means spending about 4x as much

8. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Quoting Anzxio

Quoting cde3879

I have exactly the same in my bag as you. The Sigma (as long as it's the APO version) is a great lens!

Personally i hate it. It is cheap though, and is quite good value :) But it's really soft, and really slow at focusing (hunts a lot) :( However, replacing it means spending about 4x as much

Yes that's true it can be a bit slow to focus sometimes. Do rate it for closeup pictures in nightclubs though as the f stop at 70mm is quite decent!

But yeah how about a Canon 100-400 IS :)

9. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Quoting cde3879

But yeah how about a Canon 100-400 IS :)

I took mine back.

Not the sharpest lens, and the push pull can be annoying. 300mm f4 IS prime is WAY better, or a 70-200 f2.8 IS :)

10. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Quoting Anzxio

70-200 f2.8 IS :)

Now you're talking :)