Camera Lenses for Canon Rebel XSi

September 29, 2009

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TonjaThe Canon Rebel XSi camera is compatible with all lenses in the Canon line. Canon has over 60 EF and EF-S lenses that you can use with the XSi. This provides a variety of potential opportunities to expand your picture taking ability. A few lenses for your consideration are Image Stabilizer lenses in EF 18-200mm, EF-S 17-85mm and EF-S 18-55mm. The image stabilizing feature helps compensate for movement of the camera which will result in blurry pictures. The Rebel series does not have Image Stabilizing in the body of the camera so having it in the lens is a helpful feature.

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
The EF-S 18-55mm can be purchased in the Canon Rebel XSi kit, or it is sold separately. When purchased with the kit the 3x optical zoom lens is a win win situation. You receive a basic lens that is a perfect starter lens without the cost that is associated with lenses. The EF-S 18-55mm range is very commonly used. The lens is a delightful basic lens that can be used to shoot portraits and landscapes. This is a relatively inexpensive lens costing around $100.00.

EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM Standard zoom
Weighing in at less than one pound, this lens is another great general purpose lens with an optical zoom range of 5x. The wide angle of this lens allows for the photographer to be close to the subject but still able to obtain the whole subject. The 17-85mm is an excellent choice when upgrading from the 18-55mm lens. The USM in the name stands for Ultrasonic Motor that allows the lens to auto focus quicker than a standard lens. The lens is for general photography and travel. This lens retails starting at over $400.00.
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

This lens is has the flexibility to allow you to be taking pictures of the landscape. Then zoom in on something else that has caught your eye without changing lens. The lens has a 11.1x super zoom range making it enjoyable to take pictures when you need to be at a distance, like a sporting event. The 18-200mm is not equipped with an USM. Canon uses Image Stabilization on the lenses to compensate for the lack there of in the body of the camera. Image Stabilization (IS) can be turned on by a flip of a switch to counter act the camera shakes that are noticeable with longer focuses. This lens retails for over $500.00.
The three lenses discussed in this article are among some of the most commonly used of the Canon 60 lenses. The lenses all have their advantages, and help you to make the most of your camera.

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