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Old Mar 9, 2005, 12:30 PM   #1
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I just switched teams to Canon from my Nikon D70, and I thought I'd go all out with the body and get the much hyped 20D. Now I need a lens. At first the 28-135 IS lens seemed very sensible, especially for $400. But it seems that people really prefer the 17-85 IS Lens by Canon for about $600, and I've heard even better things about the Tamron 28-75 XR DI which is only about $325 by me. I'm not that particular about either of them. The IS seems appealing, but so does f2.8,and fortwice the money? I'm not sure.

I don't want to spend more than the $600 for the 17-85 IS lens, so it's either this, the Tamaron, or the Canon 28-135 IS Lens. I need help. This is only a starter lens for me, I'm going to invest in others as I go along. I'm not particular about 18 vs 28 as my starting mm, but the IS seems appealing if it will work.

Please give me some help, or other suggestions if anyone can recommend another great lens for under $600...
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 1:30 PM   #2
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I'd suggest that there are 4 very good lenses to consider in the price range, all of excellent optical quality:

1. EFS 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM (*1.6 = 27-135mm)
2. EF 17-40mm f4 L USM (*1.6 = 27-65mm)
3. Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG Macro (*1.6 = 38-112mm)
4. Tamron 28-75 f2.8 XR Di (*1.6 = 45-120mm)

I would suggest the primary consideration in choosing would be the focal length range that suits your needs best.

I like landscapes and felt that 3&4 weren't quite wide enough. I also felt that the 40mm max focal length of 2 wasn't quite long enough for portraits and other general usage. So I went for option 1 and am very happy with my choice.

http://vanderwooks.blogspot.com for some samples of the 17-85.
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 4:08 PM   #3
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First NooB post... I like your suggestions for lenses, but I was under (be it perhaps false...) the impression that the EF-S lenses are what they say for focal length on the Digital Rebel, or D20? At least that's what the guy at my photo store told me when I bouth my EF-S 10-22 USM for my D20. Yes, No, Maybe so? javascript:emoticon(':?:', 'images/emoticons/confused-smiley-017.gif')
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 4:54 PM   #4
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Afraid not. Canon says "Equivalent to a 16-35mm zoom...." http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/con...;modelid=10510
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 6:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the heads up on that. Guess I just need to figure out a decent zoom now.

Currently have:
EFS 10-22 USM (16-35)
EFS 18-55 (kit lens) (29-88)
in need of something for zooming... hmmm Maybe just an inexpensive 75-300 usm IS, or maybe some dollars on that 70-300 DO IS USM.... arggggg decisions... decisions...
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 8:38 PM   #6
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I use the 17-40L as my walk around lens and I have a 70-300 DO IS for some close-up nature shoots. I'm finding I wish I had a longer lens for nature shoots so maybe the 200-500mm Tamron or Sigma 50-500mm. Depends on what type of shots you'll be doing. Might as well get the 50mm f/1.8 prime for $70 I find it's as sharp as the 17-40L.
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Old Mar 14, 2005, 9:04 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info... I guess that 50mm f/1.8 prime would be a good indoor "Family function" type lens? At the equivilant of 80mm would that be too close? What do you normally use yours for?


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If you're shooting indoors, inside a house, go for a wider angle lens. Keeping in mind the 20D 1.6 crop factor: ook for a 28mm or 35mm lens.

A 50mm would work in a pinch, however with the 20D crop factor, it's like an 80mm portrait lens.




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Old Mar 21, 2005, 2:21 AM   #9
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I just got the 50mm/1.8 for it's speed and because everyone likes it so much. For $70 why not. It's good for playing with depth of field in your pictures. If you don't like toys you wouldn't be buying the 20D. The 17 or 18mm zoom lenses are going to be better indoors, in tight spaces. They just aren't as fast so you'll be needing the flash more.
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