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Old Dec 23, 2006, 11:46 PM   #11
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Please indulge me for another moment or two. Comparing the following, what would be the wisest for a general hobbyist (assuming I'm going to get a 70-300 for nature and wildlife)? Besides the range, IQ is critical, and has to be better than the kit lens.

1. Sigma 17-70
2. Tamron 24-135
3. Canon 17-85IS
4. Tamron 28-75 f2.8 LD XR or whatever it's called
5. Canon 28-105 (I can get a used lens around $150)
6. Canon 28-135 IS
7. Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX
8. Sigma 18-125 (I can get a used lens around $200)

The 28 mm ones will force me to keep the kit lens for wide angle shots. With the 24mm ones I think I may be fine without the kit lens.

As you can see, the range of lenses available is bewildering (and maddening, I must say). Now why doesn't someone come up with a quality 17-85 (to compete with the Canon, which is just too expensive at $500) or a 17-105 f2.8? Won't these be sweet?
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Old Dec 23, 2006, 11:50 PM   #12
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I have the Tamron 28-75 F2.8 lens, which is quite nice.

But having 17mm at the wide end is definitely much more flexible and useful.

I've seen some nice results from the Canon 17-85. Although it's F4, it does have image stabilization and at a street price of $500, it's a lot of lens for the money.

Nothing wrong with the kit lens. I've seen some pretty good photographers crank out some pretty good shots.

Then save up for a nice 70-200mm F2.8 lens

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Old Dec 24, 2006, 10:06 AM   #13
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My main subjects are family shots indoors. I had the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 as my first lens with my former 20D. It just wasn't wide enough for a crop camera...so I replaced it with a Sigma 18-50mm f2.8...what a difference! I then heard a lot of good things about the Tamron 17-50 f2.8...so I sold my Sigma...indeed, IQ-wise, the Tamron is better. Among the lenses you listed, you may want to add this Tamron, it'd be on top of the list as far as IQ goes.
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Old Dec 27, 2006, 5:59 PM   #14
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Looking at this list and assuming you are going to get 70-300mm lens I would go with Sigma 17-70 lens. If you can live with doing zoom with your feet or switching to 70-300mm lens when you need more tele than a 50mm can provide then get Tamron 17-50mm as it is getting very good reviews for IQ (I don't haveTamron lens though).
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