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Old Mar 4, 2013, 6:58 PM   #41
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I friend of mine recommended the 18-135mm:

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showprodu...ct/1522/cat/11

Any thoughts on that one?
The 18-135 has more distortion, more chromatic aberration, and more vignetting, all of which are very bad for street photography.
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Old Mar 4, 2013, 7:01 PM   #42
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there is a really good medium focus lens that is faster then 3.5 the 24-70L f2.8 but it is very pricey. Or the tamron 24-70 f2.8
Those are all shorter than the 85/1.8 that dg27 already said was too short. The only fast zoom that comes close is the Sigma 50-150/2.8 that dg27 already said was too long.
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The problem I had with the 85mm/1.8 was that it showed me that I'm really not comfortable with a prime for the type of shooting I do: there was nowhere to go and often (literally) there is nowhere to physically go when shooting.

My Sigma 17-50mm is my favorite of the admittedly modest selection I have: that seems to give me the best image quality.

A 50-150 2.8 might actually be an OK choice

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showprodu...t/1156/cat/all

Or the Canon 28-135:

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showprodu...ct/139/cat/all

Head to head, which would deliver better IQ?

As discussed previously, the Sigma is a grand; the Canon under $500.

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Those are all shorter than the 85/1.8 that dg27 already said was too short. The only fast zoom that comes close is the Sigma 50-150/2.8 that dg27 already said was too long.
I read that he felt 50 is to short 70 is longer then 50.
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The 50-150 is a good lens, and it gives you a constant 2.8. So if that is something you need is is a good option. Ebay, or used 28-135 can be had for under 400.
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Thanks--will look into that.
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Where their ranges overlap, the Sigma is a little sharper that the Canon, but the Sigma has a lot more vignetting than the Canon. Based on the SLRGear test results, I wouldn't pick one over the other for what you want to do. I would, however, pick the Canon because its range of focal lengths is more useful for what you want to do.

Then, of course, there's the fact that it's half the price.
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I read that he felt 50 is to short 70 is longer then 50.
He felt that 50 is too long for the wide end.
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He felt that 50 is too long for the wide end.
I just went thru pictures that I post processed for my flickr page and saw that most were shot at around or under 50 mm.

This might be the right range:

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showprodu...t/1236/cat/all

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...2_8_IF_EX.html

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the sig 24-70 2.8 is a good lens. But it is about 1000 dollars. But you get 2.8 all the time.
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