Canon EOS 10D: “Which lens should I buy?”

June 26, 2003 | Mark Goldstein | Canon EOS 10D | 5 Comments |

Petteri Sulonen has added a new article to his website which attempts to answer the eternal question that everyone asks on all Canon website forums - “Which lens should I buy?” for my new Canon 10D. If I had a ?/$/Euro for every time that question is asked, I would be a moderately rich man by now…

“In my opinion, before embarking on lens selection, you should sink two fenceposts: budget and weight. A lens that’s too heavy to take along is utterly wasted money. A lens that’s so expensive that it leaves you short in a critical area will also hurt you… although, of course, patience helps—you can always get the other stuff later.”

Website: Petteri’s Pontifications - “Which lens should I buy?”



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#1 Willaim C. Bert

Good article, Petteri/Mark. Petteri for writing it, Mark for informing us. I feel very lucky that I have completed my lens collection. No more lens lust and I honestly feel I not need any new ones for a very long time.

Bill

7:22 pm - Thursday, June 26, 2003

#2 Willaim C. Bert



Good article, Petteri/Mark. Petteri for writing it, Mark for informing us. I feel very lucky that I have completed my lens collection. No more lens lust and I honestly feel I not need any new ones for a very long time.

7:23 pm - Thursday, June 26, 2003

#3 Mark Goldstein

So which lenses have you chosen Bill?!

Mark

7:25 pm - Thursday, June 26, 2003

#4 William C Bert

Mark
I hate to say it. Ok not Really. I own 16-35mmL, 28-70mmL, 70-200mmL IS and 50mm 1.4, which in my opinion is almost an L. I started off with a D-30 and knew I would be switching camera bodies in the future but still keep my lens. So I was looking for lens I would keep using for a very long time. Also the third party lens where not like they are now, so it was Canon non L or L lens. Now as it stands there are more options and better quality third party lens for new SLR camera owners. Also I will point out I did not jump a get the 24-70mmL lens when that came out, because I looked it and I feel to it 4mm is not worth it and there is not much quality difference between the glass, but a better build.
Bill

6:32 am - Friday, June 27, 2003

#5 Mark Goldstein

Hi Bill,

The general concensus in photography is to invest in good lenses first, rather than a good camera body, so it sounds as though you've accomplished that :-)

A lot of new Canon 10D owners seem to blow their budget on what is a very expensive camera body, then don't have enough cash left over to buy some decent lenses to do the body justice!

After recently getting a good deal on a 2nd-hand Canon 70-200mm f/4 L lens, I can definitely see what all the fuss is about with regards to L lenses. It focuses so quickly and silently that I often have to double-check that it has focused! And the sharpness and quality are leagues ahead of the Tamron telephoto lens that I was previously using. I'll definitely be saving some cash to invest further.

Mark

3:04 pm - Friday, June 27, 2003