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Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical 12 60.00%
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG 5 25.00%
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 3 15.00%
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Old Sep 1, 2005, 10:39 AM   #1
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I am considering a couple of different f/2.8 lenses for use on my Rebel XT. Primary use will be indoors at concerts and outdoors at dusk. My price limit is $400 (US). Here is my list:

Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
$359 at B&H or $289 at Sigma4Less
FM rating – not rated yet as near as I can tell
My leading candidate because of price but have not been able to find any reviews of it as yet.

Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
$389 at B&H
FM rating: 8.6
My second candidate and moving up fast as I have had several people recommend it. Still a little more expensive than the Sigma.

Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

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Canon Telephoto EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Autofocus Lens



Anyone have any thoughts or comments? Any other lens that I should look at?

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Old Sep 1, 2005, 10:53 AM   #2
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Hey cool, there's a voting poll!

I voted for the tamron. The IS on the canon will be useless for indoor concerts and the tamron has a slightly longer focal length than the sigma while still being a very good and compact lens.

If you wanted something wider, there's the sigma 24-70 f/2.8 . It's a newer model than the 28-70 (i think - there's not a lot of talk when it comes to the sigma 28-70) anyway, I think the price for it is something like ~450 so it's not way over your budget. But that's only if you think you'll need the wider focal lengths.
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I voted for the Tamron, 28-75 which I have. It's fast and sharp. I enjoy it good for low light and indoors and outdoors too.
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Old Sep 2, 2005, 8:01 AM   #4
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Anyone have any thoughts or comments? Any other lens that I should look at?
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IMO 28mm is not a wide angle - you should add the 18-50 f/2.8 EX DC in your poll :idea:
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...mp;navigator=6
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Anyone have any thoughts or comments? Any other lens that I should look at?
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IMO 28mm is not a wide angle - you should add the 18-50 f/2.8 EX DC in your poll :idea:
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...mp;navigator=6
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Old Sep 2, 2005, 9:23 AM   #6
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Newly added: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

$409 at Sigma4Less or $499 elsewhere

FM rating 8.3 - this lens is slightly over my budget.
-> Go for it - You want to capture more of a scene, not less for that extra $9.00 right? :idea:
(Sigma4 less have been good with my last two purchases...)
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I thought the 18-50 would be a lot more than 409. But if you can get it at that price, I think I would change my mind... Even if you lose a little on the tele side when compared to the tamron.

The one factor you'll have to be fine with is the fact that the 18-50 is a APS-C lens only. With the release of the 5D, it seems (more) possible that more people can move up to a full frame sensor. If you become one of these people, the lens becomes useless to you (unless if you keep the XT as a backup).
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I would go for the Sigma 18-50 2.8 first, then Tamron second choice.

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Old Sep 5, 2005, 10:44 PM   #9
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Just to confuse things even more :-)

If you are doing indoor concerts, and if you are close enough to the stage, maybe pick up a 50mm f1.8 since it's a pretty inexpensive lens ($75).
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Bob, I have a 50mm already, my problem is is that I'm not close enough to use it. I'm usually shooting video as well and I don't like to stray too far from where the video camera is. Which is why a need a little 'reach' with this lens.
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