SD1 and what lens?

Started Sep 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
jmcminn1076 Regular Member • Posts: 398
Re: SD1 and what lens?

Rodrigo Cunha wrote:

You will probably want the 17-50 f/2.8 EX OS.

mike earussi wrote:

You need the macros to extract all the IQ possible. The 50, 70, new 105 and 150 would be best.

I started with this... albiet when I had gotten an SD15. My first lenses were the 17-50mm f/2.8 and the 70mm macro. I've since added the 150mm macro [old non-OS that I got cheap on clearance], an 8-16mm and just to have a telezoom, the 50-200mm OS (which is actually way better than it has any right to be for the cost -- don't get me wrong, it's still a kit lens, but in that context it's a very strong performer.). I am quite happy with all of the above lenses -- they are all great optically, with the exception of the 50-200mm, and the 50-200mm is still very good considering that it only cost me $160.

The 105mm and 50mm macros are good choices too. If you want more reach for walk around, the 24-70mm f/2.8 is strong on a crop camera. I went with the 17-50mm f/2.8 lens, but the 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 OS macro is said to be very good too, and I strongly considered it. For landscapes -- I am LOVING the 8-16mm on the SD1. The problem is that the 8-16mm is pretty much a specialist lens, so you would probably want a more general purpose lens too. I also love the true macro lenses for flowers, but if you're more landscape scenic, you might pair an 8-16mm with a 17-70mm OS macro, and maybe add the 50-200mm just to have a telephoto lens.

Some general advice -- you're buying a $2000 camera, so don't skimp on the glass too much. Also, you're buying a deliberate and methodical camera -- it's really not a snap-shot camera. An all in one zoom is not as useful when you have to spend more time controlling the camera to get the best results anyway.

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