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Old May 16, 2005, 3:41 PM   #1
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I was about ready to order my canon 20D with 17-85mmbut here I go again on the lens choice- Is 17-85 mm a good choice for all in one lens?

I was looking for a hood for this lens and came across this review

http://www.enotalone.com/photo/B0002Y5WXO.html

which really upset me since I am going to spend $650 on it. Should I go for the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 or a similar one from sigma instead?

I do want to take good portraits during daylight and also want a wide angle for landscape. I liked the wide angle of canon but is F2.8 across the entire zoom that important. ...Please advice..

Has anyone used both?
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Old May 16, 2005, 4:44 PM   #2
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I am not sure if this helps but I have the 17 - 85 and find it to be a good all rounder.

The IS works well and is useful in low light.

Here is a link for a review and some sample images.

http://www.eospix.com/reviews-19.html
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Old May 17, 2005, 12:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Wes, that helps. I am more inclined to get it than not. There is not good alternate choice out therefor midrange. I would have liked it to be brighter f2.8 or f4.0 but I believe that increases the lens cost and also makes it very bulky. I really need an easy to carry around lens and this fits the bill.
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Old May 17, 2005, 12:26 PM   #4
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Yes, I guess we would all like f2.8 but unless you want to pay the extra then we will have to live with the IS instead.

I think you would be pleased with it. Why not find one in your local store and try it out before you commit yourself.

It is a usefull zoom range and the IS rocks (it does tend to drain the battery though).


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