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Lens advice...
A little background....

I have always had an interest in photography but until now at 29 I haven't tried to make a hobby out of it. So, to go along with a move to Germany I will be making in the next couple of months I have decided to get myself a decent camera to take pictures of places I go or events I go to to share them with family back here in the States so they can see what I'm doing over there..

At this point I am more interested in landscapes/cityscapes and some sports (auto racing). So far I have decided to get the Canon XTi with the kit lens as well as this lens....

Http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16830998141Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Auto Focus Telephoto Zoom Lens.

I guess the question is, am I on the right track? If there suggestions for something other than the kit lens that may be better for the functions it serves it would be appreciated (without spending a fortune of course)...

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There is a new kit lens with the image stabilizer, but not shipped with the XTi, unless you want to spend the money on the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, this is the one that I will recommend..

Http://www.amazon.com/...-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325YongboPhoto Gallery: http://www.photo96.com/Blog: http://www.photo96.com/blog/index.php.

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Comment #1

Thanks yongbo...that may be what I was looking for. I don't think I am ready for a 1000 dollar lens just yet but something told me the kit lens with the XTi was going to start to bother me very quickly and I am sure the IS can only help me initially...

Comment #2

You are welcome. The cheap kit lens is not bad at all. I am still using it, but you do need some heavy post processing to make people believe the picture was from the expensive lens.  I like the 58mm filter size, you can share it with the 70-300mm IS and the 100mm macro. That's the reason why I didn't replace it. Digital Photo Professional is shipped with 400D, amazing program. You need upgrade to the latest version to use features such as the noise reduction and aberration correction.



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Comment #3

The standard 18-55 kit lens does not have a very good reputation. The IS version seems to be considerably better if you can afford it:.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/canon_1855_3556is/index.htm.

...or, a good alternative would be something like the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-f/4.5 which is about 240 in the UK, and frequently recommend by users on dpreview..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #4

Ok...I am going to go for the updated version of the kit lens. Thanks for that..

What is the general consensus on the 70-300mm lens I linked to in my OP considering the things I would like to use the camera for?..

Comment #5

Get the kit lens, as planned, and instead of the Canon telephoto, get yourself the Sigma zoom with similar specs, making sure you get the model with APO in the name. (There are two versions, and the APO one is worth the difference).

BAK..

Comment #6

Travel advice.

If you're on your own and only tehre for a few months, it might be a good idea to get a German rail pass before you go. I don't think that residents can buy these, but foreigners can..

I've only been in Germany for a short period a frew years ago, but I seemed to be on the train every other day. It's a great way to get around, and you seem to end up right in the centre of many interesting places..

A friend of mine used to work for a GErman company, and when he travelled there, he was in meetings all day, so he brought a small tripod, and went out taking pictures at night, using the tripod and time exposures..

BAK..

Comment #7

Or the 17-85IS lens. It's about $500 and is well-regarded..

The telephoto's a good choice for motorsports since it gives you very long range and the aperture is large enough for daytime use...

Comment #8

It will be semi permanent at the very least. Take language classes, look for work, take advantage of my EU citizenship for a while. A train pass will be ordered for sure..

BAK wrote:.

Travel advice.

If you're on your own and only tehre for a few months, it might be agood idea to get a German rail pass before you go. I don't think thatresidents can buy these, but foreigners can..

I've only been in Germany for a short period a frew years ago, but Iseemed to be on the train every other day. It's a great way to getaround, and you seem to end up right in the centre of manyinteresting places..

A friend of mine used to work for a GErman company, and when hetravelled there, he was in meetings all day, so he brought a smalltripod, and went out taking pictures at night, using the tripod andtime exposures..

BAK..

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