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Christian Amezcua

member since: 1/23/2005
 

Lenses for the Canon 20D


I just bought a Canon 20D, and I'm looking for some help for choosing some lenses for landscape and close nature shots. Thanks.

1/23/2005 8:30:14 PM

 
Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/13/2004
  Check out www.canoneos.com ,and scroll down to the section on EF lenses. If you didn't get a lens with your 20D, check out something that's said to be around 15mm or 18mm so when you multiply it by 1.6 for the smaller digital sensor it is still wide. Actually, 35mm could be usable for landscapes. For close nature shots, check out something that's around 300mm or maybe a little more; 200 can work sometimes depending on how close you can get. If you mean close as in macro pictures of flowers and bugs, maybe check out a macro lens or a regular lens with a small "f" number, and buy a set of extension tubes if you're looking for close-up pictures. Hope this helps!

1/23/2005 8:54:39 PM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/28/2002
  The Canon's new EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (~$450) is a good all-purpose lens for your 20D. It is equivalent to the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM for the film cameras. Other brands, like Tamron and Sigma, do carry similar focal length lens for less money. But I can tell you Canon's IS works real good. Usually, if you got the kit lens with your camera, it should work just fine, until you are after a wider lens or "better" image quality. For macro, I use the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (~$480). But I don't know if it will be too "long" on your digital camera. Hope this helps.

1/24/2005 7:49:21 AM

 
Luis Curran

member since: 9/13/2004
  Check out http://www.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1019 as well as http://www.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1029
for a good discussion on all Canon 20D lenses.

1/25/2005 6:52:21 PM

 
Daniel G. Flocke
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/31/2004
  I agree about the 17-85mm IS USM, this is an excellent choice, but if you want a wider view I recommend the Canon Super Wide Angle EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. This lens is designed only for the 20D and Digital Rebel. It will give you the equivalent to a 16-35mm ($799)
Another choice for macro, the Tamron 90mm f/2.8, this is a very sharp lens. Its compatable for film or digital, on a digital body you get a 140mm at 1.6:1 ratio. I highly recommend this lens! You will not be disappointed.

And for a longer view consider either Canon's Telephoto EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens ($1150) or Telephoto EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS (Image Stabilizer) USM Autofocus Lens ($1450).

Hope this Helps,

Daniel

1/25/2005 8:47:28 PM

 
Bruce 

member since: 1/25/2005
  Try reading under the C's (for Canon) at Luminous-Landscape.com for some reviews. I don't know where you can get the EF-S 17-85 IS for $450. Its a $600 street lens, but "convenient" is what I've read about it...not sharp. Having IS doesn't make up for non-sharp glass but its probably decent.

I've found helpful info also at http://www.photozone.de/bindex2.html and http://www.photo.net/equipment/canon/300D/EOS_300D_lenses.html although there's an updated page for the EF-S and 20D I can't find, this should get you started.

I just bought a 20D and ordered a 24-70 L for $1100 (DigitalFotoClub) with a $90 rebate until Jan 31st. My question is: Howcum Canon Japan didn't use any "kit" lenses for the samples page? A 24-70 is used for a landscape. http://web.canon.jp/Imaging/eos20d/index.html

Lastly, DPReview has some nice 20D samples taken with the 17-85 EF-S. Cheapest I've found it was at B&H and Adorama for $570 + shipping.

1/25/2005 10:00:32 PM

 
Nancy 

member since: 3/6/2003
  I've bought Canon lenses on E-Bay for reasonable. The zoom lenses sugested are good. I like my lens with macro.

1/26/2005 1:43:08 PM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/28/2002
  Correction. I found one EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for around $540, not $450. Typed too fast ;)

1/26/2005 4:01:50 PM

 
Christian Amezcua

member since: 1/23/2005
  Thanks guys for all the help...

1/26/2005 7:50:42 PM

 
Tom Kwan

member since: 9/2/2004
  I am waiting for the Tamron 11-18 mm and 18-200 mm. They will be availabe in the market Mar 2005.

1/26/2005 11:45:27 PM

 
Bruce 

member since: 1/25/2005
  I was just at a nature photography lecture where the speaker recommended reading scientific lens reviews at photodo.com. As you know, Christian, great landscapes or macros look better when they're sharp. He recommended his EF 180mm macro and/or using Canon's own screw-on closeup filter (about $250, same price as the 50mm macro). With the screw-on filter, he said to get 77mm size to fit most of your lenses, like the "L" luxury series, and use step-down rings for it to fit those with smaller diameters.

All the macro lenses (50 & 100mm also) look to be rated pretty sharp. Enjoy your camera and read a lot, esp. your manual! BTW, the 17-85 images on DPReview to which I referred are at the end of the review of the 20D.

Bruce

1/27/2005 11:22:35 AM

 
Daniel G. Flocke
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/31/2004
  Christian,
If your in the market for a longer macro, I personally own the Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro. It is extremely sharp, and a lot cheaper $699, than the Canon 180mm macro about $1200.

Sigma has recently introduced a macro for digital, a 150mm f/2.8 (becomes a 240mm f/2.8 at 1.6:1) priced at $599.

Daniel
Sales Professional
Dodd Camera
Cleveland, OH
216-361-6800
www.doddcamera.com

1/28/2005 5:09:50 AM

 
Daniel G. Flocke
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/31/2004
  Christian - Another note about the Tamron 180mm macro, Popular Photo tested this lens against several camera manufacturers and it was the sharpest of all of them. Tamron and Sigma were 1st,2nd in the charts.

~Daniel
(no longer w/ Dodd)

5/4/2006 3:51:21 AM

 

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