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arnold hams

quality of lenses

Does anyone know how good or bad is the 18-55mm lens that comes with the Canon 20D. For example in the range 18 -35 that is covered both by the 18 - 55 and the Canon 17 - 35L, what would the difference be in say a landscape shot or a flash photo of people indoors at night?

Arnold Hams

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4/27/2005 5:02:55 PM

Matt Ion   If it's the same lens that came with the Digital Rebel kit, it's basically about a $50 zoom lens, so don't expect it to be anywhere near the quality of the L-series glass.

That said, it's surprisingly good quality for a $50 lens, definitely better than the 28-90mm unit that came with my RebelG kit, and arguably as good as my $400 EF 75-300, which has always had some softness I've not been overly impressed with.

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4/27/2005 5:40:22 PM

Michael H. Cothran   This lens is just one of many that Canon (and Nikon) offer as "entry" level lenses. They are plastic, fairly cheaply made in third world countries, but are surprisingly good for their cost. It should produce some fine images for you, but don't expect it, as someone else also pointed out, to compare with the "L" series, or with fixed focal length lenses.
In optics, you really get what you pay for - but in the case of the 18-55, you get just a little more. Accept that it's a pretty cheap lens with OK results, and go with it.
Michael H. Cothran

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4/28/2005 7:21:05 AM

arnold hams   Thanks Matt & Michael, I guess that's about what I suspected, cheap but not too bad. I now need a lens to do what the 17 -35L and the 50 - 200L don't, the range from 35 to 50 but overlapping; maybe something up to 100mm. Would you be able to suggest a Canon lens's that would suit, and being one of the superior lens? Arnold

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4/28/2005 12:13:13 PM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  I think this would be the closest thing to what you're looking for.

It's the Canon zoom wide angle 24-70 f/2.8L USM. I dont' think that they make an L lens that starts somewhere near the 35mm and goes over or to 100mm.

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4/29/2005 10:22:51 PM

Matt Ion
EF 28-300mm f/2.5-5.6L IS USM.

I'd say that's pretty much THE kitchen-sink Canon lens: 28-300mm, IS, USM, and all in an L-series. AND it'll focus down to 2.3 feet over its full zoom range.

They also have a couple 70-200mm L-series units - an f/4, f/2.8, and f/2.8 with IS (all USM of course).

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4/30/2005 1:58:01 AM

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