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Old Aug 19, 2005, 9:30 AM   #1
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I have just switched from using an EOS 1n as my primary body and an EOS3 as my backup to an EOS 20d as my primary and kept the EOS3 as my backup. I'm thinking that in order to get the advantage of the smaller size and weight of the 20d I really should retinker my lense line-up with an EFS or two (not to mention the 1.6x issue). Most of my shooting is travel photography although I have been known to shoot a wedding or two. My current lense lineup is listed below, thoughts are appreciated!

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EF 28-135 IS
EF 75-300 IS
EF 28-70 f/2.8L
EF 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 (backup to above lense)
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Old Aug 19, 2005, 10:11 AM   #2
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How about the EF-S 17-85 f/4-5.6 USM IS and the 70-200 f/4 L...it's a great combination, although not the fastest.

Also the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 and the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 would be a good option as well. Or mixing and matching the Canon's and Sigma's. The Sigma 100-300 f/4is terrific if you need a little more reach and don't want to have a totally slow lens.

If you're looking for W-I-D-E (nice for travel), then the EF-S 10-22 is pretty nice, although the Sigma 12-24 is better.

Don't know if this helps, but those are my thoughts.
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Old Aug 19, 2005, 11:40 AM   #3
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Here's betting that EOS 3 doesn't remain your backup for long!

I tried that for a while. Went from an EOS 3 to Digital Rebel & planned to use the EOS 3, but it just sat and sat. Finally sold it (depressingly cheap) and bought a 10D. Been tempted to get a Rebel T2 or Elan 7N but I doubt seriously it'd get any use either so I have not.

Sell the 75-300 IS and get the 70-200 f4L. Your 24-85 will be a good main lens for your digital body- that extra 4mm compared to the 28-135 will make a big difference on the 20D. If you're going to buy an EFS lens, get the 10-22- makes more sense with what you've got. The Sigma 12-24 only makes more sense if you plan to use it with your EOS 3 or hope to someday have a full frame digital SLR, either of which the 10-22 EFS (or any other reduced frame coverage lens)won't work with.


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Thanks to both of you for the input.. It's even worse than just having an EOS3 as a backup. I've got an Elan IIe as the back-up back-up. Talk about sitting and never getting used!

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I have an Elan IIe that's my back-up too...although, I have yet to use it as that! I second the notion of selling the 75-300IS and purchasing the 70-200 f/4. BIG difference all around, although I have heard rumors that Canon might have a 2nd generation of the 75-300IS that might actually be a decent optic.
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Old Aug 19, 2005, 3:03 PM   #6
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Look - what you're missing is a wide/ultra-wide for the crop body.

You've got a few options on the ultra-wide:

1. EF-S 10-22mm - very good optically - almost L.
2. Sigma 12-24 - good optically - and full frame - so it will work with your backup too.
3. Sigma 10-20 - OK optically - only if you can't afford better.
4. Tamrom 11-22 - OK optically - only if you can't afford better.
5. Tokina 12-24 - good optically - if you can find one.

I'd go for 1 or 2 - it's a choice I'm currently wrestling with too, but I've decided not to buy any more lenses this year, so I have plenty of time to make up my mind. :-)

On the other hand there's also the EF 16-35 2.8 L - or 17-40 f4 L both wide enough to be useful on the crop and bound to be lots of fun on the 20D.

As for what else to add to your lineup - well a nice 70-200 would seem to be an obvious choice - The EF 70-200 f2.8 IS L is the king, but at a kingly price

If it's too rich for your blood the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX is an excellent substitute.

OK, twisting my own arm - one lens - right now - to go with your new camera ...

EF-S 10-22mm.




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actually the Tamron 11-18 is pretty darn good optically.. it offers less distortion than the canon or the tokina.. sharpness is pretty good too.. the problem with this lens, is that it is an awkward focal range and is almost 100USD more expensive than the tokina..
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How about the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 EX DC? I've been trying to find any testing of the lense with no real luck. I'm thinking with the 1.6x crop I could make this my primary lense on the new camera. It might allow me to sell my 28-70 f/2.8L and pay for it that way.

EDIT: Nevermind really. Using a better search engine has yielded me a number of reviews. Sounds like the lense is OK, but not great. Would still like to hear from anyone shooting with it.
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