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taylorman22
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


I know I've posted a lot of questions on here and I appreciate everyone's feedback. After a lot of reading this last week, and debating between primes and zooms, as well as practicing more with the lenses I've got, I've finally narrowed this thing down to a couple of lens options. Again, I'm using a 40D to shot landscapes, wildlife and flowers, candid shots of my kids at the park, backyard, etc. Also, a lot of indoor shots during the day and evening.

So, give me your thoughts on these options. I like the idea of more reach, especially at the park, whatever, so I'm leaning towards #1 or #2.

EDIT: For #1, I'd buy a flash as soon as my kit 18-55 sold.

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Jan 03, 2013 at 05:12 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


Option 2.5: Tamron 17-55/2.8, Tamron 70-300VC, 430EXII.


Jan 03, 2013 at 05:17 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


corndog wrote:
Option 2.5: Tamron 17-55/2.8, Tamron 70-300VC, 430EXII.


Yeah, the flash would come as soon as I got my 18-55 sold



Jan 03, 2013 at 05:19 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


I started with the 18-55, later upgraded to a 15-85, and then a long time later got the 430EX II. If I were to start over, I would definitely get the 430EX II before the 15-85.

The 15-85 is a wonderful lens due to its fast and quiet focusing, but the flash helped me experiment and learn about lighting, which has improved my photography a lot more.



Jan 03, 2013 at 06:00 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


15-85 and flash and 55-250IS




Jan 03, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


Wow, pretty even split


Jan 04, 2013 at 03:50 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


At some point I'll replace my kit lens, buy a zoom and a flash. It's just a matter of which one(s) I buy now and what I buy in a few months.


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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


#1. Id probably rather have 2.8 than IS.

I got a 380 ex and a cord. Whatever you get, get a cord. I might get an older flash and the book light Science & Magic

Are you going to do multiple flash at some point? I think even the 420ex will handle this though. 380 won't.

Which 18-55? If you have IS, a cheaper flash might allow you to get a used 18-55 IS or keep your current lens.

Like my 55-250.
The 70-300 looks good my 75-300 Tamron was really good to about 200mm.



Jan 04, 2013 at 06:25 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


Will the 15-85 have enough reach? Just saw votes. Used flash might allow 55-250.


Jan 04, 2013 at 06:29 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


AmbientMike wrote:
#1. Id probably rather have 2.8 than IS.

I got a 380 ex and a cord. Whatever you get, get a cord. I might get an older flash and the book light Science & Magic

Are you going to do multiple flash at some point? I think even the 420ex will handle this though. 380 won't.

Which 18-55? If you have IS, a cheaper flash might allow you to get a used 18-55 IS or keep your current lens.

Like my 55-250.
The 70-300 looks good my 75-300 Tamron was really good to about 200mm.


Yeah, I have the 18-55 IS II already and was looking to upgrade it either to a walkaround lens with more reach, or a different lens like the 17-50 or 15-85 as well as a zoom like the Tamron 70-300. Without spending the money on the L lenses, my preference would be to have the 15-85, Tamron 70-300, and either a 430ex II or 580ex II. I have $700 to spend right now and can possibly spend another $300 or so in another 6 weeks.

So, I'm thinking maybe the 15-85 and a flash now and then a 70-300 in 6 weeks. The other option is to buy the 70-300 and a flash now and keep using the kit lens for now and then buy the 15-85 in 6 weeks.



Jan 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


If you want those 2 and you can afford them then that's what you should do. Do you want the reach of the 70-300 first?


Jan 04, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


Those flashes might not need a cord to get them off camera, which you need to do sometimes.


Jan 04, 2013 at 07:05 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


taylorman22 wrote:
Yeah, I have the 18-55 IS II already and was looking to upgrade it either to a walkaround lens with more reach, or a different lens like the 17-50 or 15-85 as well as a zoom like the Tamron 70-300. Without spending the money on the L lenses, my preference would be to have the 15-85, Tamron 70-300, and either a 430ex II or 580ex II. I have $700 to spend right now and can possibly spend another $300 or so in another 6 weeks.

So, I'm thinking maybe the 15-85 and a flash now and then a 70-300 in
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Do you need flash for what you will be doing?
I've never been a huge flash fan, other than for macros. Always preferred natural lighting, although it is hard to lug around reflectors everywhere for the times you need a little fill, but for a little hint of fill I just used a pop up or cheap sunpak. More often than not I don't do shooting where flash or fill are needed or even allowed though (other than macro).
But I'm sure it could be useful to have a big flash.



Jan 04, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Finally narrowed it down! My last lens poll...


skibum5 wrote:
Do you need flash for what you will be doing?
I've never been a huge flash fan, other than for macros. Always preferred natural lighting, although it is hard to lug around reflectors everywhere for the times you need a little fill, but for a little fill I just used a pop up or cheap sunpak. More often than not I don't do shooting where flash or fill are needed or even allowed though (other than macro).


I would probably only use the flash inside the house for my family or for larger family functions. I don't anticipate ever using it off the camera or with other flashes.



Jan 04, 2013 at 08:53 PM





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