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Old Sep 25, 2007, 4:38 PM   #1
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I currently own two lenses for my 350D: the kit lens and a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 lens. I'm looking to buy a lens that's inbetween the two I already have. I've picked out three:

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 USM IS

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS

Any opinions on these lenses would be great.
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Old Sep 25, 2007, 6:17 PM   #2
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What use are you envisaging for the new lens, as realistically you are more likely going to replace the 17-55 rather than having 3 in that sort of range to switch between?

Your shooting style is going to be the main decision maker. How often do you use the 17mm setting on your lens, what sort of lighting conditions do you shoot in?


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Old Sep 25, 2007, 7:38 PM   #3
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I don't use my kit lens very often. Usually just for subjects that I can get up close on. I use my long lens 90% of the time. I tend to photograph wildlife. I also shoot in more daylight settings than darker ones, but the f/2.8 lens has been wonderful for any lowlight situations.

My issue is that the kit lens isn't long enough, and my long lens is sometimes too long for certain situations. I hate having to switch them out over and over, so I'd like a lens inbetween for some shoots.


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Old Sep 26, 2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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Sounds like the 28-135 might be the right solution for you. It sounds like you favor the long end more than the wide and IMO 70-135mm is a very useful range. So having a lens cut off at 70-85mm would likely involve a lot of lens changes.
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Thanks. I was thinking along those same lines. It would also be nice to have a lens with IS since I sometimes have a shakey hand.
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I agree in that case with the 28-135 being the right addition for your needs. IS can be a great help for stationary subject when you just can't get a higher shutter speed.
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