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Old Oct 18, 2004, 10:16 AM   #1
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I need some advice on what lens to get...

I have a digital rebel and the kit lens, and was trying to decide between the EF 28-135 IS USM and the EF-S 17-85mm USM IS. The problem I have is that if I get the ef-s then how long will the 1.6x crop factor be around? I'm not looking to upgrade my camera yet, but in a few years I still want to be able to use the same lens.

Any advice would be great. Thanks.
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FYI

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...28&forum_id=65

It all depends on if you want to upgrade to a full-frame or not...
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Old Oct 18, 2004, 11:36 AM   #3
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I would recommend the 28-135 USM IS lens. This was my walk around lens before I upgraded to the 24-70 F2.8L.

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Old Oct 18, 2004, 2:16 PM   #4
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I would recommend the 28-135 USM IS lens. This was my walk around lens before I upgraded to the 24-70 F2.8L.

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Ok, how is the lens, is it soft anywhere with the rebel. I have a Tamron 100-300mm and it gets soft sometimes at both extremes. I dont know if that is because it is a cheap lens or if it had something to do with the crop factor and whatnot. I have the kit lens ef-s 17-55 but want something with a little more reach, I've heard good things about the 28-135 IS USM but didn't know how well it would work with the drebel.


I dont know what I might upgrade to yet, I was wondering what might be the better buy, considering I have the kit lens and a 100-300mm already.
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Old Oct 18, 2004, 2:43 PM   #5
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I do think that it is a sharp lens (not L glass quality). You can look at my web site for some samples

http://www.pbase.com/gibsonpd3620/ma...e&page=all

All of these pictures were taken with the DR and the 28-135.
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I would also recommend that you look at the 70-200 F4/L lens. It is a couple hundreds dollars more but well worth the cost.
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rob_strain wrote:
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I have a Tamron 100-300mm and it gets soft sometimes at both extremes...
This explains why: http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#Ztelel



Here's some food for thought:

If you have to add the price of a tripod collar to the 70-200 f/4 L, why not get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 which already comes with one standard for the same cost and is a stop faster?
http://www.naturephotographers.net/mg0600-1.html
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I have a digital rebel and the kit lens, and was trying to decide between the EF 28-135 IS USM and the EF-S 17-85mm USM IS
Some say that the 17-85 is not much better than the 18-55 EF-S. That's not unbelievable. The 17-40 f/4 L is likely to be better and also keep its value better.

The 70-200 f/4 L makes sense as a complement, but isn't small. If you have a strong tripod head, then youwouldn't need the collar.
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