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Old Jan 6, 2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default If you could have only 1 lens, which one?

I have a new 7D, my first serious Canon. I have Nikons and Leikas but wanted the Canon for macro. I have 2 nice macro lenses. I really like the camera and would like to buy an all purpose lens of good quality. I shoot birds primarily. Any suggestion?
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Old Jan 6, 2012, 1:03 AM   #2
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The 18-135 kit lens that came with my 60D comes to mind. I've taken to leaving all but my 50/1.8 at home when going out. I do have a longer lens, but usually carry it for casual use.
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Thank you Spacer. I am looking for the best quality glass and I do not think a kit lens would do.
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Thank you Spacer. I am looking for the best quality glass and I do not think a kit lens would do.
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Oof. Way outta my budget, then. Good luck.
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EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS for birdie num num?
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Hi what is your budget, canon and sigma glass can be very expensive
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An all-purpose lens for birds...?

Those seem to be contradictory requirements. I suppose the most flexible lens that could be used primarily for birding would be the 100-400L IS.

You could also have a look at the Sigma 50-500 OS. (Nicknamed "Bigma" for fairly obvious reasons.)

The two lenses sell for very similar prices.

If you don't need such a long lens, and you don't mind the weight you could go for one of the superzoom-type lenses, but the image quality is usually fairly horrible. The Tamron 18-270 is about as good as they get.
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If looking for an all purpose lens for shooting birds the Canon 100-400 is a good choice. For a all around lens I use the Canon 24-105L IS f4, good all around focal length with great IQ. For marco photography, I just ordered the Canon 100L IS f2.8 marco lens.
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I have the Tokina f/2 100mm for macro because Ken Rockwell said it was the best. It is very sharp.
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I have the Tokina f/2 100mm for macro because Ken Rockwell said it was the best. It is very sharp.
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When our Canon 100mm L IS shows up, we will do a couple of quick shots and post them for you to see. The lens should be here late Friday.
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