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Old Sep 1, 2009, 9:52 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I need suggestions for an all purpose lens for my Canon Rebel XSi. It came with the 18-55, and I bought a Canon 55-250. However I may return that one if you all can tell me a better one that may be lighter in weight. I also probably don't need that much zoom length. My budget is around $400 or less. What about the 28-135? Thanks in advance.

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Old Sep 1, 2009, 10:59 PM   #2
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After looking at the weight of other lenses, maybe I'll just keep the 55-250 for now.
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The Canon 28-135mm IS lens, while being a good lens, does not have the wide angle mode, or position that most Canon users desire. You have a choice of two different Sigma lenses that are quite good as effective walk around lenses.

(1) The Sigma 17-70mm lens.

(2) the Sigma 18-125mm lens.

I have used both lenses. I actually like the Sigma 18-125mm lens a bit more than the Sigma 17-70mm lens, although both are quite good. I have attached a Sigma 17-70mm photo sample to this post to give you an idea of what that lens can do.

In subsequent posts I will also provide photo samples from the Sigma 18-125mm lens as well.

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This is not as good a sample from the Sigma 18-125mm lens as I would prefer. However,I will post this and then add another photo tomorrow (09/02) which is better.

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Canon has just announced two new lenses, either one of them would seem a reasonable choice for you.

15-85 & 18-135

See the sticky thread above for more details.
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i will be interested to see how well those new lenses from canon turn out.

i would like to grab a travel lens that starts a little wider than my 28-135 myself. i dont always want to bring it + my tokina 12-24 just for travel stuff.

i was looking into the sigma 18-125, 18-250, and the tamron 18-270. however, the reviews are just so mixed and it seems to vary on if you have a sharp copy or not.

the 18-200 from canon looks ok, but i have heard pretty bad things about its optics form what i have read.

interested to see how the 18-135 holds up optically, as well as how well the non-usm AF works.
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I agree, the new Canon 18-135mm lens seems rather attractive. We will have to wait and she how the reviews turn out on that lens.

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Thanks everyone for the input. The new Canon lenses are on Amazon but only for pre-order. I may wait a couple weeks and see if I can get the 18-135.
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Good Morning Suzie-

The Canon 18-135mm would be an excellent range for a "walk around" lens. It overcomes the lack of a real wide angle inherent to the Canon 28-135mm lens rather nicely.

It is interesting to note that it will be in direct competition with the Sigma 18-125mm lens which has been around for 4+years, and that can sometimes be found for a bargain price. Here is Sigma 18-125mm photo sample.

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Sarah,

are you talking about the old non-OS 18-125? that one has been around a while.

the Sigma 18-125 OS HSM, with image stab, has only been around about 1.5 years. From what I have seen and read it is optically superior to the non-os/hsm older version. I have seen some good things from this lens. But I have also heard some problems with inconsistancy, meaning if you get a good copy you get a really good copy, and if not, its softer even than the 18-200/18-250. Its a great price, and if I knew I could get a good copy of it, I would be interested in it. The incosistency keeps me from pulling the trigger atm. I have a sigma 80-400, and its incredibly sharp, so if the new canon 18-135 doesnt impress, i may pick up another sigma.


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