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03-09-10, 05:49 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
I thought I'd have a look for an alternative for your kit lens - it's often the problem with cameras, not built to the same specifications as a specialist (or faster) lens.
I wonder if your problems with the kit lens simply stem from the fact that it's considerably 'slower' than an 'off the shelf' equivalent..... causing slower shutter speeds, camera shake etc.
Anyway, the direct replacement for the kit lens would be something along the lines of the 17-55mm f/2.8 but that is a huge leap in price. Other alternatives are offered by Canon buy you either get a fast lens and pay a lot or you get a good lens that won't improve the speed much. Perhaps the 18-135mm would suit, but that's f/3.5 so not a lot faster. However, it's a lot more affordable and gives a good zoom range.
I can't see why anybody would tell you that the 70-200mm is a "general kind of lens" - it's very much a telephoto zoom with the short end perhaps a little too long for portraits. Nice lens, but hugely expensive for the f/2.8 so you'd be left with the f/4..... not bad for that zoom.
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