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Old Aug 11, 2006, 1:05 PM   #1
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I'm about to buy a new lens as a supstitute for KIT lens for my Canon EOS350D.

Here where I came till now but would like to buy in next couple of days, so your reply isvery needed.

Canon EF 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS USM

Sigma AF 17-70 f2.8-4.5 DC macro

Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DC

Tamron AF 17-50 f2.8 SP XR DI II LD asph. IS

Tamron AF 28-75 f2.8 XR DI LD asph. IF



What I need from the lens is to shoot PORTRAITS so I need crisp image and fast for low light......

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Old Aug 11, 2006, 1:52 PM   #2
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I have 3 of the lenses you cite. The canon 28-135,Tamron 17-50 F2.8, (It is not an IS lens) and the Tamron 28-75 F2.8. As I see it the Canon is a bit slow for indoors. I never use the canon indoors. My favorite lens for portraits is the Tamron 28-75. I have had great success indoors with the Tamron 28-75. Most of the reviews you read about the Tamron 28-75 are extremely positive. I have tried theTamron 17-50 f2.8 but it is not long enough for portraits in my opinion. Since you already have the kit lens I would go with the Tamron 28-75.On the plus sideit will fit a full frame sensor.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 4:14 PM   #3
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I have the 28-135 USM IS as my "walking around lens" on a 300D and have taken nice people shots with itin the 50-60mm zoom range setting. It comes down to what you will use the new lens for and how much you want to spend. If the primary use of the new lens will be for portraits,the Canon50mm1.8 for about $ 85.00 is hard to beat.With the crop factor, it will give the field of viewof an 80mm lens in film format. It is fast, light, sharp and cheap. You also will not spend a lot on filters if you want to do special effects protraits.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 4:36 PM   #4
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Hi,

I did not mentioned that I have Canon 50mm f1.8 and I use them for portraits but, my improvising studio is a bit small and I have problems to shoot person specially with whole figurein the frame. Because of that I wouldlike a little wider lens.

I would buy Canon 28-135 only because of Image Stabilization as I like to shoot from hand (no tripod) but as I do not have Studio strobes I ussually have slower shutter speed. So, If Canon 28-1353 with IS is not good enough then some Tamron 28-75 or even 17-50 I would not mind.

The main is the sharperand faster lens as possible......

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Old Aug 11, 2006, 5:21 PM   #5
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Indoors the Tamron 28-75 is a good performer.* I use a Canon 50 1.8 on occasion but I find that I do my zoomimg with my feet.* Therefore the 28-75 is my go to lens for indoors portraits.* *http://www.pbase.com/augie_07/image/64994452**Link = Tamron 28-75 indoors, standard size room, and ambient light with flash fill from a Canon 550EX.
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Old Aug 12, 2006, 10:57 AM   #6
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Since your 50mm 1.8 is too long for you, you'll either need to go with the Sigma 18-50 or Tamron 17-50 2.8's.

I had the 28-75, on a 1.6x crop body, I found that it simply was not wide enough, too. I then purchased the Sigma 18-50. It was just the right focal range for my everyday shooting and I do not hesitate to use it for portraits as well...in addition, I found the lens sharper and more contrasty than the Tamron...so I sold my 28-75. I read that the new Tamron 17-50 is as good, if not better than the Sigma, but I have not tested it personally for comparison.
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Old Aug 12, 2006, 11:33 AM   #7
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I have the 17-50 Tamron but I find it alot noisier that the 28-75.* True the 28-75 is not that wide but the requirement was for a portrait lens indoors. * *A wide lens close up tends to distort things.* Hope we haven't confused the issue too much.* Good Luck!* I don't think you can go wrong either way.
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Well the point have been made. I was thinking for wider lens just because of that.....

If wide open lens can make a distorzion that means if I use Tamron 28-75 and open wide like 28 I could have problem but If use Like Tamron 17-50 I could shoot with 28 without any problem.... RIGHT.


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I have had the Sigma 17-70 for about 3 weeks now on a Rebel XT and have been very pleased with it. However it is only f2.8 at 17mm, so it probably isnt what you want for portrait use, but for a ( relatively) inexpensivewalkaround lens, it fills the bill nicely.
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Actually the 17 mm on people may distort things.* As I understand it the recommended focal length* for portraits is 100mm -135mm because they comnpress things (avoids a "big nose").**Of course that is only a suggestion and photographers can and do use all manner of lenses* with good results.**You seem to be leaning toward the 17-50mm 2.8.* Its a good lens and will meet your needs.* *I am fortunate and have both.* For portraits I still prefer the 28-75 because I can step back.* *And with it I achieve 120mm when I need it.* Great at parties when you want to step back and capture candid moments.* More of a personal choice
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