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chris2802
28-12-09, 11:23 AM
Hi all,
I am quite new to all of this and i am looking for some advice on what all round lens to get to replace the 18-55 one i got with my canon eos1000d.
I want a better zoom and quite fastish shutter speed but something thats good with landscapes wildlife etc.Hope anyone can help because i dont even know where to start.

Mike Lowe
11-01-10, 11:54 AM
Hi all,
I am quite new to all of this and i am looking for some advice on what all round lens to get to replace the 18-55 one i got with my canon eos1000d.
I want a better zoom and quite fastish shutter speed but something thats good with landscapes wildlife etc.Hope anyone can help because i dont even know where to start.

It's worth taking a look at Canon's list of lenses: http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Zoom_Lenses/index.asp

Pricing can vastly vary based on numerous factors. By 'better' zoom, I assume you mean a longer one than 55mm. There is an 18-200mm lens, though at f/3.5-5.6 you'll only be able to use f/5.6 maximum when at 200mm, which is unlikely to provide the faster lens that you're after.

The main 'problem' you may encounter when moving to a faster lens is that you'll need more money too. Also, a larger aperture means larger front glass - so the lens is likely to get heavier and longer as you move up the ranks too; not always idea for walking around with unless you have a decent bag to avoid clunking against walls and the like when wandering.

Furthermore, longer zoom lenses will mean that it's harder to keep images steady. Indeed at 200mm (that's 320mm in 35mm terms on your Canon) you're going to struggle more to keep things steady... unless you invest in an 'IS' (Image Stabilised) lens (this technology moves the elements continuously to counter handshake). It's great technology, but it'll increase your bill.

All things weighed up, here's how things tend to increment:

The 55-200mm f4.5-5.6 IS is RRP 330 (Cuts off the 18mm wide end if you find you never use it): http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Zoom_Lenses/EF-S_55-250mm_f_4-5_6_IS/index.asp

The 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS is RRP 560 (probably the front runner in terms of what to look for and Bristol Cameras have it in stock for 330: http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/p-canon-18-135mm-f3-5-5-6-is-ef-s-lens.htm): http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Zoom_Lenses/EF-S_18135mm_f3556_IS/index.asp

The 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS is RRP 740 (can find this for 420 online): http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Zoom_Lenses/EF-S_18-200mm_f_f3.5-5.6_IS/index.asp

The 70-200mm f/2.8 is RRP 1540 (if money's no contest, though it's big and may be a bit much to casually wander around with): http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Zoom_Lenses/EF70_200mm_f2.8L_USM/index.asp

Barney
11-01-10, 12:29 PM
Don't forget third party manufacturers too which often produces lenses of equal if not better quality than the big names and usually costing a fair bit less too.