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Old Aug 17, 2009, 4:02 PM   #11
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Assuming you want to upgrade all your non L lens to L lens that? It seems like it to me after you're saying that you want to upgrade to "better quality" lenses. Seems like your only option is to get an L lens and you won't go back then.
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Hello Mark. Not really but I do know that some of the lenses I have are not the best quality. I have the opportunity to upgrade one or two lenses now and needed help.
You already have the pretty wide covered with the 17-40 so not much to replace there so you could look at going wider if that was a need. The 100 is a lovely long portrait lens. So it looks like the middle range could need something. If you have the cash then a 70-200mm f2.8 would work nicely or the 70-200 f4 (the IS is a lot sharper than the non IS but also costs more). If you are finding that you use the 75-300 quite a bit then another consideration is the 70-300mm IS USM, not an L lens but dose a very sweet job. Another option is a more versatile zoom. If you are using the 28-135 a lot and want something stronger then the 24-105 f4 L is nice.

You need to ask yourself are not up to the task for what I do regularly or is there something I want to do and simply can't. A lens purchase is a waste if you never use the lens. For example my 12-24 is not one that I often utilise but the rest get quite a bit.
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Assuming you want to upgrade all your non L lens to L lens that? It seems like it to me after you're saying that you want to upgrade to "better quality" lenses. Seems like your only option is to get an L lens and you won't go back then.
Not necessarily to all L lenses. I do like the one I have.

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You already have the pretty wide covered with the 17-40 so not much to replace there so you could look at going wider if that was a need. The 100 is a lovely long portrait lens. So it looks like the middle range could need something. If you have the cash then a 70-200mm f2.8 would work nicely or the 70-200 f4 (the IS is a lot sharper than the non IS but also costs more). If you are finding that you use the 75-300 quite a bit then another consideration is the 70-300mm IS USM, not an L lens but dose a very sweet job. Another option is a more versatile zoom. If you are using the 28-135 a lot and want something stronger then the 24-105 f4 L is nice.

You need to ask yourself are not up to the task for what I do regularly or is there something I want to do and simply can't. A lens purchase is a waste if you never use the lens. For example my 12-24 is not one that I often utilise but the rest get quite a bit.
Mark, Thanks for your response. I appreciate the good advice on the lenses. I would love to have just two or three lenses that I "could not do without".

Thanks again.
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In your shoes I would sell the 17-40, 28-138, 75-300.

Buy instead:
1. EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS
2. EF 70-300 IS. or EF 70-200 f4 L IS. (depending on whether you need the extra telephoto)
3. EF-S 10-22

That's about as good as you can go for a reasonable price on the crop bodies.
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Old Aug 18, 2009, 10:32 AM   #15
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In your shoes I would sell the 17-40, 28-138, 75-300.

Buy instead:
1. EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS
2. EF 70-300 IS. or EF 70-200 f4 L IS. (depending on whether you need the extra telephoto)
3. EF-S 10-22

That's about as good as you can go for a reasonable price on the crop bodies.
I have read that if you can afford the the 70-200 F/4 L is you should get the 70-200 F/2.8 non IS...

Thoughts?
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I have read that if you can afford the the 70-200 F/4 L is you should get the 70-200 F/2.8 non IS...

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It really depends. All 4 Canon 70-200 lenses have their place.

The 70-200 f4 IS is the sharpest lens of the 4. It's sharper than the non-IS f4 because of different design. It's sharper than either F2.8 version.

The 70-200 2.8 non-IS is no slouch. I have it, use it and think it's great. But it's heavier than the F4 IS lens. Here is my decision tree for which 70-200 to buy:

Do you do low-light non-action (weddings, recitals, etc) - 70-200 2.8 IS is the right lens for you. You're in bad lighting and not looking for 1/400 shutter speeds. YOu're often operating at 1/60 at f2.8 and high ISOs. So you need f2.8 and you benefit greatly from IS.

If not, do you want low light action? If so, you're operating at fast shutter speeds (1/400 or so) and high ISOs. You need f2.8 to get those fast shutter speeds but because they're fast, IS is of little to no benefit. The money saved from buying the non-IS 2.8 lens can be better spent on other products.

If you don't fall into one of the above two categories, one of the 70-200 f4 lenses is your choice. The IS version provides more versatility (using lower ISOs and hand-holding in lower light) and is the sharpest lens of it's kind. But you have to pay a lot for that extra sharpness and the IS. The non-IS version isn't quite as sharp but it's still a professional grade lens and one of the greatest bargains in Canon's lens lineup. It still has ring type USM so it focuses extremely fast (all the 70-200 lenses in canon's lineup have this type of USM)
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