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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2013, 03:42:15 PM »
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. Before that I had like everyone else starting out I'm sure, a 50mm 1.8 as well as a 28-105mm 3.5-4.5. On my crop sensor 40D I wanted something wide and fast to capture the city with. Both the 17-40 and 17-55 were out my range, so I settled on a $300 Tamron 17-50 Di II XR 2.8 after reading some great reviews. I loved it!! A real bargain. Really sharp. To this day I recommend friends starting out to get that lens.
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2013, 03:42:15 PM »

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2013, 03:42:34 PM »
Sigma 10-20mm f4.5-5.6 HSM. 
I started with a T1i and the 18-55mm 55-250mm and 50mm f1.8.
The Sigma was my next lens purchase and the focussing speed compared to the other lenses  impressed the hell out of me. 
My next lens was the 200mm F2.8 L and again the focusing speed  was incredible.  A long list of USM, HSM, USD lenses have followed.

Yep - just the same for me. The Sigma 10-22 is an absolute steal and compared to the kit lens that came on the 350D was just a different league. Made me upgrade the standard one to a Tamron 17-50 (i think that was the focal length) f2.8 which was also amazing. I honestly think that unless I pixel peep the results from those on crop match some of the lovely, lovely L glass I have now.

Btw, the Sigma is still trundling on like a tank. The Tammy got a little grindy when zooming and developed a tiny bit of mould inside from jungle adventures. I'd buy Sigma again but would have to scruntinise the  reviews before buying a Tamron.

Were I starting now I suspect the Canon 40mm f2.8 could be the gateway lens. And that baby sure is tough - dropped on concrete and there's not a scratch.
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2013, 03:46:34 PM »
Oh, and I also went from a consumer grade tamron 70-300 to a Canon 70-200 f4 (non IS). Maybe that was the real killer blow  - that just blew my mind in terms of speed of focus and sharpness. And while its not up to the 100L or 135L I now have it still just (over)delivers in everyday use. For £399 secondhand there really is no excuse for anyone not to own one of these - it is Canon's gateway 70-200.
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2013, 04:15:43 PM »
I bought a Canon New  F1 body, with motor drive and the 50mm f1.2L, manual focus in 1986. I shot Kodachrome 64 and 25 slides. Compared to anything I had seen up until then, it was magic, when I could get the focusing right. Luckily my eyesight was much better in those days, so I got a few. I remember especially a sailing trip in the Greek archipelago in -87, where the results from that lens really amazed me. I promised myself then, that all my future lenses should have the red ring.
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2013, 04:17:30 PM »
My very 1st set:
40D with 50f1.4 + 17-55 f2.8 IS
Bodies: 1DX -- 5D III
Zooms: 16-35L f4 IS -- 24-70L II -- 70-200L f2.8 IS II
Primes: 40mm -- 85L II -- 135L -- 200L f2 IS -- 400L f2.8 IS II

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2013, 04:53:13 PM »
My gateway lens were actually a three lens kit. I started studying photography when I was 15, and my father gave me his old Pentax ES II with a 35mm f2, 50mm f1.4, and 135mm f2.5. I enjoyed it very much but never thought of other possibilities, it was like the whole camera was that. Years later I bought my first digital, the 350D. Came with a 18-55mm, which I never took off my camera. Again, as many young amateurs, I never thought of it as a system with a modular design. The lens came with the camera.
Then I got the 500D. By that time, cheap chinese adapters were starting to pop up everywhere... and I tried it with my old Pentax lenses. My god.

Few years later, I now have manual focus primes covering almost every need and fast AF zooms. I do this for a living now, so I can actually treat myself every now and then... and to think I almost left photography as a hobby to become a pro musician...
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2013, 01:44:33 AM »
I am still waiting to get mine.....aftr i lost one......... :'( :'( :'(
the last tym i went hiking with my love and by love i mean i cam and those lens......i just havnt had a chance to get a new pair of them........specially as they were a save and buy  :-[

i keep following a few blogs who have the best knowledge of lens and hopefully soon il have one of them back to me
http://blog.uniquephoto.com/tag/lenses/

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2013, 01:44:33 AM »

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2013, 01:58:36 AM »
Photography is like a drug habit.... You get your first hit, and your hooked...  you start off small (usually) then build up to the heavier stuff, and the heavier the stuff the more you want to use! So what was your 'gateway lens'? When and what was the lens or other bit of kit that broke your barrier and led to the reduced coffers most of us face due to this pricey hobby.

For me it was the EF-S 17-55. Before that I had a 450D and kit lens + 50 1.8 for years and could not imagine or ever conceive a situation where i would spend more than a couple of 100$ on a lens.  Then i borrowed and subsequently bought the 17-55, and in doing so released the kraken. I had waited 2 years before buying it, but after that i added a 10-22, 55-250, tripod, 580ex II etc to the kit within a year...  then came the L lenses.... 

So, for a bit of fun, what was your gateway lens/piece of kit?

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My gateway lens was the first version of the Sigma 17-70 (without "OS"), bought in January 2009.  Optically it was a fantastic lens, but couldn't AF accurately or consistently.  It was so much better (optically) than the ridiculous 18-55 kit lens that came with my Rebel Xsi, that I began to think I needed to get a more serious Canon camera...so I did.  That Sigma lens eventually got me published in Outdoor Photographer, so far one of the biggest highlights of my photographic life (and I'm not young...young people would call me old, but I'm just middle aged!)

I sold that Sigma lens last year for the same price I paid for it new, $300.  Worth every penny! 

The next lens I bought, in May 2009 (after buying the 50D), is still my favorite of the lenses I own...the Canon 135 f/2L.

I recently read something which is probably widely quoted in photo gear circles..."if you buy cheap, you buy twice".  This isn't always true, but I suppose it depends on just how cheap "cheap" is.

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2013, 02:21:46 AM »
My real addiction started in 1975...when, in less than a year, I went from a Canon AE-1 and 50mm Macro lens to a pair of EF bodies and 7 lenses!  But I managed to break that 'habit' when I got married in '88.

Then I tried my 'first fix' (hey, it won't hurt to just try ONE...) with a Canon G3 in 2002 or so.  By 2010, I thought I could 'handle' a 30D and 18-135. 

But then the insatiable desire for low light, indoors, no flash church event photography struck!  Exit the 30D, in with 60D.  Exit the 18-135 and 55-250 and in with 24-105, 16-35, 85, 135, 80-200 and 200! 

STILL NOT SATISFIED!  Out with the 60D and in with the 5D3!

SATISFIED!   But for how long?...   (probably until my credit cards have 'healed')  
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2013, 04:47:11 AM »
Bought a 1000D with the 18-55mm kit lens and decided to get a 50mm f1.8 along with it since I kept hearing how 50mm was an essential focal length to have. Figured that I wouldn't be buying anything else after that. A month later, I bought a Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 from a friend since I was having trouble shooting in poor light. Though the trouble more because I was an idiot that didn't want to go beyond ISO 400 due to noise.  My lens lineup has been constantly changing until February this year. It's been eight months since I last bought a lens and I'm hoping there won't be any purchases in the near future unless I see an amazing deal for a 24mm f1.4L.

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2013, 05:26:46 AM »
Started off with a 550D a 17-55 Kit Lens back in 2010 - just used this for 2 years, and then purchased a 70-200 F4 L IS for a trip to Argentina. IQ was mind-blowing, and as a result decided to upgrade to a 6D. Borrowed a 24-105 L from a friend (which I still have), although I will be purchasing a 24-70 F2.8 II in the next few weeks (friend needs his 24-105 L back)!!

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2013, 07:44:46 AM »
I started out with an 1100d twin lens kit but realized quickly the 55-250 lens wasn't going to cut it for airshows, grand prix and other sports.  I then picked up the Sigma 150-500.  I followed that up with a 60d and then the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 vc.  Somewhere along the way I picked up a Canon 70-200 f2.8 for good measure and now I've just ordered a 5D3, 24-105L and Tamron 90 macro.   
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2013, 08:08:18 AM »
Can't say ... I've always bought what I needed, except for the EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM lens ... I bought that one simply because somebody was selling it.

What I do know, is that the EOS 30D was the camera that got me into expensive lenses, as it showed the limitations of my (then) current kit which film didn't.
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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2013, 08:52:43 AM »
I would have to say the 24-105 f/4. I started shooting back in 2009 with a Rebel XT with Tamron 18-200. I eventually upgraded to a Nikon D5000 w/ kit lens then to a D7000 with 50mm f/1.8. At that point I could not see myself spending more than a couple of hundred dollars on a lens. Just recently purchased a Canon 6D and the IQ on the 24-105 f/4 made me realize what I had been missing. I am now looking into purchasing the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 or Canon 135mm f/2.

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Re: Gateway lens
« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2013, 08:54:34 AM »
My Minolta XG1 was a hand me down from my older brother.  But it came with a 50mm f1.4!  He bought a Nikon EM with a 50mm f1.8.  I lorded my extra 2/3 of a stop over him claiming it was the most important thing ever.

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Re: Gateway lens
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