Looking for a good lens combination...
Hi everyone!.

I'm looking forward to buy a DSLR, and, obviously, lenses!....

To give you an idea, I'll probably buy a Sony A350 or a Canon 450D...Therefore, the camera will have a crop factor of 1,5 (APS-C sized sensor)..

As for the lenses, I was wondering what could be a good combination.Considering the focal lengths, I was thinking of a two-lenses combo:10-22mm + 28-200mm.

In 35mm eq. they would make 15-33 and 42-300, which seems to be large enough..

The only problem with these kinds of zoom, is that they tend to have poor apertures.4... 4,5... up to 6,3!.

Do you think I should consider other combinations to have better, more luminous lenses? or do you think this is sufficient?..

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I'd say go for the 10-22mm and a 70-200mm f2.8 (or 70-200 f4)..

Generally you don't need to worry about slow aperture with wide angle lenses (at least not how I use them), but with the longer focal length the bigger aperture will help with bokeh..


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Im interested in knowing what lead you to these two cameras.....

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Thehickoks wrote:.

Im interested in knowing what lead you to these two cameras....

For now, I have a bridge... Sony F717.And I'm feeling limitated with it's capabilities..

So I want to jump into the SLR world..

Even though my dream camera is the Canon EOS 5D, I can only afford good entry-level/low prosumer..

Hence the 450D / A350, for now..

But it will also depend on what cameras will be out when I am ready to jump... so i'll see..

As for the lenses, the F717 offers me 38-190mm f/2-2,4.But it isn't wide enough in interiors/architecture/landscape....

So I'm looking for a combination of 2 zoom lenses with a good ratio and a good aperture..

I thinking 10-22 + 28-200 (15-33 + 42-300 35mm eq.) could be a good equation..

Unless you have better ideas ^^..

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ExNihilo wrote:.

I'd say go for the 10-22mm and a 70-200mm f2.8 (or 70-200 f4)..

And nothing for standard focal lengths?....

The thing is I don't want to be submerged with lenses.....

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If you want good wide aperture performance, consider a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and a SIgma (or Canon) 70-200 f/2.8.Best wishesMike..

Comment #5

Try a Sigma 10-20mm plus a Tamron 18-250mm. Buying Sigma/Tamron will at least keep the price down. And both lenses have a good reputation...

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No, you can survive without the midrange. You can pick up a 50mm f1.8 for like $80 and carry it, but I find I almost never use anything between 30-70mm - my 50mm is like 5% of my shots..

Everything else is 70-200mm f2.8 sigma or a 15-30mm on a full frame (10-20mm range on XTi)..


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You appear to want general purpose lenses. Have you a reason to not want the kit lenses ? .

Large constant apertures. Well they are nice, but they tend to (a) cost more and (b) weight more..

It's all about compromise..

Have a look at lens reviews at

What ranges do you normally shoot at ? You appear to want everything and most people, even pros, don't shoot all ranges under the sun very often. You should identify your most common range and pick a lens for that as you primary lens - the one most likely to be on your camera. That's different for everyone. After that grow your collection as your needs expand. Unless you're in a rush that's the best way..

Personally I'd suggest everyone should get a decent 50mm prime. These are cheap, high quality ( mostly ) and can make nice portrait lenses, again a little dependent on personal style..

You should investigate converters and adapters as options for relatively cheaply extending the functionality of your lenses..


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Well, with my Sony F717, I am used to shoot between 38 and 190mm..

I often felt limitated concerning the Wide Angle end (38mm isn't wide enough), and felt quite comfortable with 190mm as for the Tele end, even though I'd like to go a bit further... about 250-300mm..

This is why I thought a 10-22 + 28-200 combination would be perfect..

The 28-200 lens would make 42-300 (35mm eq.), which is about what I am used to "work" with, and the 10-22 (15-33, 35mm eq.) would fit the Wide end I am missing....

The main issue with these lenses is that they don't have great apertures....

Well... That's just what I am thinking now.And this why I am asking for advice ^^..

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