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Old Dec 28, 2010, 2:48 PM   #1
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Default Best walk-around lens for Canon T2i?

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I'm seriously considering buying a Canon T2i, but want a sharper lens than the 18-55mm kit lens. What zoom lens will produce the sharpest images? I've got a budget of about $500 for the lens.

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Old Dec 28, 2010, 3:01 PM   #2
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The 18-55 is a pretty good lens, but if you're looking for something better, Canon's 15-85 is very good but it exceeds your budget. The Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 is also very good and it's in your price range, but it's not stabilized and the stabilized version isn't as good.
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Old Dec 28, 2010, 4:09 PM   #3
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How about the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS ?
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It is not that great of a lens in the big scope of lenses. It is not better then the 18-55 and 55-250 in sharpness. And it is not as fast as USM lenses. Given the choice, give up on the wide end and get a 28-135 USM IS over the 18-135mm IS.

The 28-135 USM IS is my walk around lens on the T1i or the 60D
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Old Dec 29, 2010, 12:37 PM   #5
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Shoturtle - After doing some research on-line it appears the best all around lens for the Canon T2i is the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. The price of the T2i with this lens is approx. $1400. I know you're an Olympus E-PL1 fan... is this Canon combo worth the extra $$$ ?
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yes that is a very good lens, if I did not shoot film still with canon and going to get a 5d3 when it comes out next year or 2012. I would get a ef-s 15-85mm it is a really sharp lens for the T1i and 60D. The lens is the key to great photo. And the ef-s 15-85mm one very good lens, close to what the EF "L" lenses can produce.
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When I had a T2i and since I got my 7D my walk around lens is the 28-135. At f6-f7 it is pretty sharp. Sure I wil upgrade when I have the money ( probably a 24-105 F4).
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T2i + 15-85 mm. lens is a perfect combo. I have the 7D -almost the same picture quality as the T2i- and that very lens.
Here a couple of picks with the 15-85 mm.:

http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/8370/marcelo9.jpg

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/824...lo4edited2.jpg

Just remember the ef-s lenses will not do on full format bodies in case you try to upgrade to ff.
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