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Old Apr 7, 2006, 5:56 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a decent walkabout zoom lens for my 350D (upgrading from 18-55 kit lens). Preferably something around 28 (or less) to 105mm (or more) at 2.8 or better to compliment my Sigma 75-300mm DG APO. Something arounf £150? Thanks.
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Old Apr 7, 2006, 11:07 AM   #2
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I'm looking for a decent walkabout zoom lens for my 350D (upgrading from 18-55 kit lens). Preferably something around 28 (or less) to 105mm (or more) at 2.8 or better to compliment my Sigma 75-300mm DG APO. Something arounf £150? Thanks.
You are joking, right (28-105 at f/2.8 for £150)?

I'm only aware of one lens that could give you 28-105mm at f/2.8, and that's the Tamron SP 28-105mm f/2.8, which is about $750 here in the U.S. from online vendors that carry it.

Tamron does have a $200 rebate on this lens in the U.S. now (I don't know about in the U.K.).

It's not the sharpest lens in the world, but it does meet your requirements (except for the price).

I've got the older Tamron SP 35-105mm f/2.8 that I use on a KM DSLR, and I try not to use it at wide open apertures unless absolutely necessary (especially on the wider end, where it's the softest).

Also, my older lens tests much sharper on MTF charts compared to the newer 28-105mm f/2.8 (probably because the newer lens is more ambitious in it's focal range goals).

Perhaps someone else knows of another lens that would meet your requirements. But, the Tamron SP 28-105mm f/2.8 is the only lens I know of that can go from 28-105mm at f/2.8

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If you go to £300 you have a whole bunch more options.

With your price range there is nothing at all available.

It's not much of a quality upgrade or speed upgrade, but the Sigma 18-125 F3.5 - 5.6 DC gives quite a lot more focal length range for a walkaround lens at a pretty nifty price of around £180.

The new Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro should soon be available for around £240.

And you could get either the Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC or the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro for £300.

There's the old workhorse - Canon EF-S 17-85 f4-5.6 IS USM for £400.

Then there's the 5D "kit lens"; the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM for £680.

And if win the lottery you could always splash out on the new Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM only £860!!
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Is there a reason you need f/2.8 (low light, helping subjects stand out from distracting backgrounds, etc.)?

If so, you may want to consider a lens without as much focal range (something in the 28-70mm range or thereabouts).

Something like the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD lens can be found for under $400 here in the U.S. (and it's a smaller and lighter lens compared to something like the Tamron 28-105mm f/2.8, and it's most likely a lot sharper, too). This lens seems to be well liked by those that have it.


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That looks like a good lens to go for JimC. I have a Canon 50mm f1.8 Mark2 and a Sigma 70-300 APO DG. I was looking for another lens as well to go with these 2 as the kit lens is not much good in low light, and I don't like using a flash for indoor shots where I can help it. Sounds good for the money too!
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I have the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro that peripatetic mentioned. This is a super lens, it ison my 20D about 85% of the time. I've used it shooting outdoors for auto shows, indoor gymnastics, weddings, you name it, I've used this lens to shoot it.
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Caboose, I guess this lens is suitable for digital APS-C and full frame? Sounds worth saving for!
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Is the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro good enough for indoor and night (non-flash) photography? And how does this compare to Canon's similar offerings?
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Is the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro good enough for indoor and night (non-flash) photography? And how does this compare to Canon's similar offerings?
Check fstopjojo previous posts:
http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/2470exl
http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/24702875

It all boils down to the HSM (ultrasonic AF) which this Sigma EX does not have...
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I had the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8...I was also considering the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro, but that lens was just too big and heavy for me to be my walk-about lens.

But the more I shot (I have a 20D), the more I came to realize that 28mm was not wide enough for me, so I ended up selling my Tammy and replacing it with the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC. Now this lens is on my 20D about 90% of the time.
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