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Old Apr 29, 2008, 1:06 PM   #1
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Was thinking about buy the lens but are there any othere lens that are as good or maybe better maybe cheaper want a wide angle i already have sigma 70-300
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Old Apr 29, 2008, 2:05 PM   #2
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It's a good lens but not very bright (narrow aperture) so not the best for taking creative photos. What sort of things do you envisage shooting?
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Old Apr 29, 2008, 4:32 PM   #3
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people, Landscapes just about anything i can think off i had an 18-55mm i sold it with my canon xt just looking for something to replace that but maybe better
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Old May 1, 2008, 3:08 PM   #4
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That lens came with my camera as a kit lens. It makes a great all around walking lens. Just have to remember that its not so good at 17mm and from what I have read the sweat spot on this lens is arounf f8 to f11. You wont get any complaints from me on this lens. Now there are definitely better Canon lens then this one but for a modest price lens it pretty good, just my thoughts
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Old May 1, 2008, 9:42 PM   #5
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You may want to check the Tokina 16-50 f/2.8 out
-> @ 16mm it's slighly wider than a 17/18mm (i.e. effectively a 24-75mm f/2.8 on a cropped camera). I've found this lens to be super sharp and very fast in AF (albeit on a Nikon body)
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I had the 17-85 for a few years. Nice lens - very versatile, great as a do-it-all for a reasonable price, but I would strongly recommend running all your photos through DXO optics to sort out distortion, vignetting and CA particularly at the wide end.

Shoot RAW and use DXO processing and you will be able to get very nice 18x12 landscpe prints.

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I recently got the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 and am very happy with it. Excellent image quality.


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