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Old Feb 21, 2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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I've decided to purchase lenses that work with my current camera (EOS xti w/ 18-55mm kit lens), with the intent to upgrade to the 60D. I'm not a pro, but shoot just about anything: family pics, sports (soccer/fussball), wild life, cars, motorcycle races, car races, travel through Europe, etc. What do you think about the following lenses? for a "complete" kit?

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

I'd also like to get a relatively cheap fish eye lens to shoot from time to time. will the 17-40 be wide enough? do the 17-40 and 24-70 overlap too much? maybe the 24-70 as mid-range and something wider for the closer end....


thanks for any advice!!
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 2:05 PM   #2
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Why not go with the 17-55 f2.8 IS + 70-300 L?

Pretty handy 2-lens kit!
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Why not go with the 17-55 f2.8 IS + 70-300 L?

Pretty handy 2-lens kit!
I agree ... but I'd suggest 24-105 f/4 L IS instead of EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 ... not because I think less of 17-55 but having two FF coompatible lenses will really be a great asset for any potential future upgrades.
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 2:34 PM   #4
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Hi all,

will the 17-40 be wide enough? do the 17-40 and 24-70 overlap too much? maybe the 24-70 as mid-range and something wider for the closer end....

thanks for any advice!!
I use 24-105 f/4 L IS on my cropped sensor 7D and find it plenty wide and don't really miss 17-24mm range ... I feel there is not a lot of difference.
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For me there is too much of a difference on a crop camera to not have 17mm but it will depend on the style. Also, most people will not be going FF so it really isn't that much of an issue. The 17-55mm f2.8 is a stunning lens and would satisfy anyone.
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most people will not be going FF so it really isn't that much of an issue. The 17-55mm f2.8 is a stunning lens and would satisfy anyone.
True, but I somehow got fixated with the L lenses, can't help it ... damn they are addictive ... before I bought my 24-105, I handled the 17-55 f/2.8 several times at the local dealer's outlet ... I kept going back to the dealer at least 6 or 7 times just fiddling with the lens and reading numerous reviews about both the lenses ... but after holding 24-105 L in my hands I just could not get myself to buy 17-55, somehow it just didn't feel right.
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sports (soccer/fussball),

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
For soccer (and I am not sure what fussball is) in good light during the day the 70-300 may work okay but it is not going to be very good during night games. I have otherws but usually work with two lenses, a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 (with a 1.4x TC sometimes) and it works pretty good.

That leaves the 50mm to 70mm to zoom with your feet but only takes two lenses and might be a cheaper alternative allowing you to save for the next body upgrade.
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 6:39 PM   #8
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17-40 is a really nice lens, but on a crop body it's neither wide enough, nor long enough for a walk around lens, 24-70 is great, but imho not wide enough again and it's heavy and doesn't balance all that well on XTi body, 70-300IS isn't really long enough for wildlife and not fast enough for sports.
How about a 15-85IS + 100-400IS or 70-200/2.8 with 1.4x TC?
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well with crop, one of the best for the 60D would be the ef-s 15-85 IS USM 3.5-5.6. At 15 it is very wide, and at 85 it is a decently long for a walk around.

The 17-40 is just a tad shot for walking around with. And the 24-70 or 24-105 is just to tight for for wide angle stuff for landscapers.

For action and wild life, algold suggestion of the 100-400L would do better then the 70-300L. With the crop it will give you allot of reach for small birds.
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Old Feb 25, 2011, 12:00 PM   #10
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I don't know where you are
70-300IS - 389, 17-40L - 595, 24-70L - 964. Total: 1948
15-85IS - 583, 100-400L IS - 1217. Total: 1800
you can pocket the price difference, or use it towards a flash, a nice tripod, a good external hard drive to back up your images, whatever
imho you will have a more versatile setup with less lens changes and very good image quality and IS.
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