Posted Sat Jan 29, 2005 9:48AM
I have been looking around the forums a bit, but havent really found exactly what i was looking for,so....
I just got my Canon Rebel, which came with an 18-55mm lens. I have been looking at lenses but am kinda confused. If I want to shoot macro and I want to shoot telephoto, do I need to get two seperate lenses, or can I get one lens and an adapter of some sort? Or is there one lens that does both?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Posted Sat Jan 29, 2005 11:23AM
Macro just means that the camera's lens is able to to focus in on small details. Macros provides continuous focusing from infinity to close-ups, often to a reproduction ratio of 1:2 (half life-size) or 1:1 (life-size).
Many lenses whether it's prime or telephoto zoom have macro functions.
Some good ones...
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro DF Autofocus Lens
Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro
(Edited on 2005-01-29 11:27:31 by P_Wei)
Posted Tue Feb 1, 2005 9:41AM
You can of course help out your 18-55 by using an extension tube.
These are fairly cheap, and allow you to focus closer on an object that a lens on it's own. You lose infinity focus, but gain 'close up' focus..
Extension tubes have no glass/optics in them, and there only purpose is to move the rear of the lens further away from the sensor.
Posted Tue Feb 1, 2005 5:10PM
Or is there one lens that does both?
If you want a lens that does both, I use the Sigma 28-300mm Hyperzoom lens. I use that with a $30.00 close-up lens set with my Digital Rebel and that is the only lens I own. The lens is about $269.95, I think. I will upgrade sooner or later, but that lens has been great for me, and It is light too.
Good Luck, and feel free to site-mail me if you want more info or help with the Rebel
Posted Tue Feb 1, 2005 9:01PM
You will probably find that you end up wanting the best lenses you can afford, so it may not be a good idea to rush into buying cheap ones. I have found a set of teleconverters immensely useful - I got a set of three of a non-canon brand for about $120. As they have no optical elements (only electrical connections for the AF, etc) there is no point in paying more than you have to. You can use them with the kit lens but you get even better results if you use the 50mm f1.8, which is excellent and cheap.
For telephoto zooms, the canon f4L 70-200 is considered an outstanding lens for the price.
(Edited on 2005-02-01 09:05:34 by PaulCowan)
Posted Wed Feb 2, 2005 4:30PM
Do you mean an extension tube, or a teleconverter. From what I have heard, teleconverters do have optical elements, and you should buy the best you can get. You wouldn't need three teleconverters. Now extension tubes allow you to focus closer and do not have optical elements so they are cheap. Teleconverters increase the telephoto capability. Just one good quality teleconverter is $120 or more.
However, I do agree with your choice of the 50mm 1.8 and the Canon 70-200 are a good choice. Then, I would get a 2x Teleconverter and a close-up lens set (or extension tubes).