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Old Oct 2, 2007, 5:32 PM   #1
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I was wondering if I was to purchase just one all around is lens for a rebel xti what would be a good choice I want to stay with an is lens . I was fortunate to be given a canon 70- 300 is usm lens but I would like to purchase an all around lens now any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks too all
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Old Oct 2, 2007, 10:04 PM   #2
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One of the significant advantages of a single lens reflex camera is the ability to attach a lens that is best suited for whatever you happen to be shooting. It appears that you want a single lens that will do everything. Such a lens may do a lot of things but probably won't do very many of them well.

That said, there are a few lenses with IS that might suit you, at least as a suppliment the 70-300 IS USM you already have. The 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM seems to be a fine lens that will cover a broad range of viewing angles. The 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USMis longer, but doesn't seem to be as good. As a replacement for the 70-300, there is the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM.

These are all large heavy lenses (especially the 28-300) and may be more than you want to carry around. In addition, as lenses go, they're pretty dim, so they don't do indoor/low-light photography well.

You posted this in the Add-On Lensesforum, when a more appropriate place might have been the Canon Lensesforum. And I would certainly differ to the advice that the experts there might give you.
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Thank you Tcav I appreciate your advice, I was mostly looking for a good all around starter lens for the xti because I already was given the 75-300 is lens and purchased the xti body for it since the lens was worth more than the Camera .I also didnt think I could go wrong with canon, but even being a newbie to dslr I knew that it couldnt serve as a all around lens .So I appreciate the advice on the other lenses .Your right of course I know now that I should have posted this on the canon lenses forum.
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Old Oct 3, 2007, 10:30 PM   #4
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As usual, a lot depends on what you want to use the lens for. That said, the 70-300 IS will cover most telephoto situations well. I use a combo of that lens and the Canon 17-85mm IS lens. The 17-85 gives you wide angle coverage (remember that 17 x the 1.4x conversion factor on your Rebel XTi is the equivalent of 24mm on a 35mm camera) as well as moderate tele (119mm). The lens is not super fast (f 4.0-5.6) but the IS helps in dim light if the subject is not moving. It goes for about $450. There is also a new 17-55mm f2.8 IS lens if you have about a grand to spare, and an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 for about $200. Your needs and budget will help you decide.
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Sorry, the conversion factor is actually 1.6x, so the 17-85mm IS lens is actually 27-136mm equivalent on a 35mm camera. Also, the $200 18-55mm lens is IS also and seems like a bargain.
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Thank you ropp Great advice, although where do you find a 18-55 mm IS canon lens for 200 dollars. Thanks again, Alan
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For example:

http://www.adorama.com/CA1855AFU.htm...&item_no=1

Other vendors also, I presume.


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To complement your 70-300 I would suggest you go for a zoom that starts at around 17 or 18mm and goes to 55 - 85mm at the long end.

There are a ton of options now but the ones I would pick from are:

Canon 17-85 IS.
Canon 17-55 IS.

Tamron 17-50.

Sigma 17-70.
Sigma 18-50.

Price is a pretty good guide to quality, with possibly the Tamron punching slightly above its weight in that regard.
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Thank you, Peripatetic the 17-85 is seems to be the way Im leaning ,I also might consider the new 28-55 IS the price is soaffordable .I noticed that the AF is powered by a dc motor rather than canons usm I wonder how mich of a differenc there is in that, Thanks again,Alan
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I also own the 70-300mm IS USM and just today I replaced my 18-55mm kit lens with the 17-55mm EF-S IS USM. I'll let you know after my camping trip this weekend what I think of it.

The 17-85 seems a little slow because you'll more likely going to want a lens like that to perform well in low light conditions. I wouldn't want to overlap focal lengths on lenses either, seems like wasted $$. check out the review here
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...6_is/index.htm
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