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Old Jul 29, 2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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OK, so I'm a relative newbie to the D-SLR scene, so bear with me.... I've been pouring over the forum and I think I've hit information overload, so I'm asking for help...

I recently purchased a Canon EOS Rebel T1i with the kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) and I'm pretty happy with the results so far. I've been reading that the kit lens is pretty good on this camera, but being the anal perfectionist that I am, I'm wondering if there is a reasonably priced (read $500-1,000) alternative to the kit lens that will give me a measurable increase in performance (i.e. increased sharpness). To give me a greater telephoto range I've already invested in Canon's 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

If I were looking to upgrade my EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS what should I consider?

With regards to what I will be shooting: I'm mostly interested in a high quality/high performance do it all type lens.

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Old Jul 29, 2009, 1:54 PM   #2
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with your budget just get a 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM and have fun
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 7:07 PM   #3
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I just did the same thing but went with a cheaper alternative in the Tamron version of 17-50 f/2.8 instead of the Canon version.

You can see my thread on this in "Need Help with Lens/Flash Decisions" in this same forum.

I am not sure what all you want to shoot but you certainly could use the good kit lens for a while and maybe look at adding a prime 50 or 85 as the next purchase.

So far I am very happy with this lens. Good Luck and Hope this helps.

Andy

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Old Jul 30, 2009, 2:40 AM   #4
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Had the same question, had the same budget, got a 17-55mm 2.8 IS. Thought about the Tamron version, tipping point was the IS on the Canon EF-S. Love it. No regrets. Well, except when I had to return the first one after a couple of days b/c the EXIF was reporting weirdly, but my 2nd copy has been awesome.
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I would recommend the Tokina 16-50 2.8. It's built like a tank and has superb optics.
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Had the same question, had the same budget, got a 17-55mm 2.8 IS. Thought about the Tamron version, tipping point was the IS on the Canon EF-S. Love it. No regrets. Well, except when I had to return the first one after a couple of days b/c the EXIF was reporting weirdly, but my 2nd copy has been awesome.
Thanks all for the imput...

For those that have gone with a 17-55mm 2.8 IS over the kit lens, did you see a real noticable improvement in overall image quality?
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Old Jul 31, 2009, 1:39 AM   #7
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It's a much better lens for sure. Under many conditions you will see an improvement.

Check out the lens reviews at slrgear.com for detailed testing.
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