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Old 02-08-2009, 07:03 AM
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Which would you guys suggest?

1) Canon Rebel XSi w/ EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (Ok camera, much better lens)

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2) Canon EOS 50D w/ EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens (Nicer camera, ok lens)

Both will hit in around my $1500 price range. Thoughts please?
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:20 AM
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Default Even better choice

would be the 40D which is basically a 50D without MA, can be had for $500 easily, and the 17-55. The 17-55 is a superb lens, it is both 2.8 and has IS, and has a much more suitable focal range.

The 17-85 is nothing to write home about and you'll likely find it frustrating sooner or later.

The 24-105 is good but it's an awkward focal length on a cropper.
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2nd. That's a great combo.
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Default The 40D is still running $900 new for body...

Not much of a difference between that and the 50D body, maybe just over $200 difference. The 17-55 seems like a great lens, but the reviews I have read tend to put it more for portrait and low light work. I was looking for something mostly for landscape and scenery. Ahhh, the choices... =)
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Default The 17-55 is a great lens also for landscape and scenery

It's optically much better than the 17-85.

I have the 24-105L and it's also a fantastic lens but it can be a bit too long with a cropper body. It's a great general-purpose lens for full-frame bodies though.
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rebel + best lenses you can afford
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Default Gently used 40D can be had for about $700

Pair that with a used 17-55/2.8IS for maybe $8-900 and you have a great combo. Works fine for portrait, low-light, landscape, etc.
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Default You still can use it for landscapes :)

I use the 24-70L on my two FF bodies for landscapes, and so do many other people. The 17-55 has the same focal range on a 1.6x cropper, and the same optical qualities. It's an absolutely amazing lens. The only reason I got rid of it is because I got rid of my only crop body, the 40D (for $700).
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Default If I go this route, should I pick up an additional zoom lens?

Based on what everyone is suggesting, it seems the 17-55 is a great lens, but what about when you want a bit of telephoto zoom? Would you guys recommend picking up a mid level zoom lens for that application and using the 17-55 for everything else?
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One of the 70-200 flavors - f/4 without IS being the cheapest, smallest, and lightest
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