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Old Sep 14, 2006, 1:00 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, i'm looking for lens advice for a Canon Rebel XT/350d. The lens will be used for two diverse purposes:

1: taking close-ups of cars, sometimes in confined spaces.

2: taking scenery shots.

I've had the Canon EF-S 17-85 recommended to me. Can anyone else recommend other lenses, around this price or slightly cheaper, for me to consider?

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Old Sep 14, 2006, 1:04 PM   #2
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If you don't need IS then either the 17-50 constant f/2.8 from Tamron, Tokina or Sigma will do it too
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 1:35 PM   #3
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Is IS what Canon call USM? If i did want this (any fors or againsts?) what other alternatives are there?

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IS is Image stabilization. USM is canon's name for the motor that drives their auto focus. There are many USM lens w/o IS.
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Okay, thanks. The Canon lens i'm looking at has IS and USM. What would alternatives (if any) to this be?

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Old Sep 22, 2006, 12:04 PM   #6
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I'd second NHL's advice...although I'm not sure whether the Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 is out in the market yet. So right now, there's the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8and Sigma 18-50mm EX DC f2.8.
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Old Sep 23, 2006, 7:14 PM   #7
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I've been a long time user of the 17-85 and have often recommended it as a good all-purpose or "walkaround" lens. I think the question for you, though is will 17mm be wide enough in confined spaces. You might try borrowing a 16mm or 17mm to try some close quarters testing. It could be you'll need something wider like the Sigma or Tokino 12-24mm or or Canon 10-22. If 17 is wide enough, though, then the 17-85 is certainly a more versatile lens.
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give the sigma 17-70 a look .i've got it and find it to be a pretty good lens.takes nice pictures and has good range .
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Old Sep 27, 2006, 2:17 PM   #9
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Depending on how confined, you might also look at the 28-135 IS. Its a little faster than the 17-85 IS, not much though. In my tests it matched the 17-85 in quality and sometimes exceeded. About $100 less new or you can pick one up in the low to mid $300 used.
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Depending on how confined, you might also look at the 28-135 IS. Its a little faster than the 17-85 IS, not much though. In my tests it matched the 17-85 in quality and sometimes exceeded. About $100 less new or you can pick one up in the low to mid $300 used.
No question, the 28-135 is a good lens and good value. The "confined spaces" comment, though, lead me to believe that very wide angle may be needed. A 28mm on a 1.6 crop factor camera has an AOV comparable to 44mm on a full frame, and that's not wide at all--in fact, that's a short normal lens. If that would work, though, that lens is good for landscapes and also very good for portraits, and it would give a longer reach than the 17-85 or 17-70.

Of course, Sigma has just changed my outlook entirely with their newly announced 18-200 OS lens. This ultimate walkaround lens WILL be on my camera shortly after they begin shipping!
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