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Old Nov 26, 2006, 12:52 PM   #11
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There is another option which is a little more expensive, but I think may be worth considering.

Canon 17-85 IS USM.
Canon 70-300 IS USM.

The important thing here is that they both have Image Stabilisation and they both have the fast and quiet USM focus motor with full time manual override.

They are both very respectable optically, and combined with the XTi would make an excellent 2-lens solution for alll-round photography.

I realise they are somewhat over your original budget, but in my view given a package which has a very nice balance to it and will cover a very wide range of general photography.
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 5:01 PM   #12
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Thanks NHL, mark, and peripatetic fror your respsones--they give me a lot of info to explore.

I'll post with add'l questions once I've looked these over.

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Old Nov 27, 2006, 7:20 PM   #13
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I had a Tamron 28-135 and it was great- a very good general all-purpose lens- and sharp too!
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 10:55 AM   #14
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In trying to determine which focal length I'll most often need in general use [no portraits, no sports action, mostly street shots and landscapes], I checked something that I accidentally stumbled upon in Photoshop.

I was working on some recent photos I took in Portugal. I went to the File Info screen and saw that under "Camera Data 1" the focal length of any given shot is listed [never went there before].

I was shocked to see that the focal lengths were very often shown as 7.8mm and the highest I saw in the 30 or so shots I checked was 23.4mm.

How do I interpret this data? Do I multiply these numbers by that 1.6 factor to get the practical focal length?

Is this accurate in terms of what lens I'll need for the XTi?

All of these shots were taken with my Powershot A80.

Sorry for the inane questions, but Mark's suggestions that I go for something on the lower end of the scale [17-70mm] made me wonder.

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Old Nov 28, 2006, 1:22 PM   #15
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7.8mm is like 38mm in SLR camera!
It's more like a x 4.871 for that A80
So 23.4mm is really 114mm (23.4x4.871) in a dSLR world
-> What you need is 38-114 (a 24-70 before the crop factor will do) to duplicate the A80 field of view
... All the lenses we listed more than encompass anything you have on the A80!!! :idea:
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 1:53 PM   #16
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NHL wrote
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... All the lenses we listed more than encompass anything you have on the A80!!!
NHL: I'm well aware of that .

You've given me the info I needed: how to translate that file info into what applies in the dSLR realm, to get a greater understanding of what I'm after.

I'm really just trying to narrow it down in terms of how much zoom I really need. Years ago I used 200-300mm zooms on my [film] Minolta, but took very different sorts of pictures than I do now. I would like to avoid the bulk, weight, and length of a long lense. Ideally I'm looking for the most range I'll end up using in the most compact package. [I'd rather spend my whole projected lens budget {$500} on a higher quality single lens that'll serve my needs than spend less per lense and get two lenses [one of which I might not need].

Thanks for your input.

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IMO just wait for this lens (and what you wanted in the 1st place with the Tamron):
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/news/news.asp?nID=3277
It'll do 28-320mm equivalent and with built-in IS/OS :idea:
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 2:18 PM   #18
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Wow--that looks pretty serious.

Only retailer I could find that even listed it was MobilePlanet, who indicate that it's not yet released. [I set up an email alert to be notified when it is].

Thanks:!:

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That's a cool looking bit of kit.... can't wait to see the results from it.
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Mark1616 wrote:
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That's a cool looking bit of kit.... can't wait to see the results from it.
So then based on what's available in terms of the description [and as long as the results prove positive], can I assume you think this would fit the bill?
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