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Old Aug 30, 2006, 5:36 PM   #1
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Hi all...

I just purchased the canon 30d along with the 18-55 lens. Here is what I am looking for.

Budget: $600.00

Indoor and outdoor shooting all types of lighting.... I like to take pictures of buildings/people/beachs etc.

I have been looking at the Canon EF-S 17-85MM f4-5.6 IS USM lens.

Any other recommondations?

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Old Aug 31, 2006, 3:36 PM   #2
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There is a whole new crop of good lenses in this range.



Tamron 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II

Sigma 18-50 F2.8 EX DC

Tokina 16-50 F2.8 DX



I do believe that all will be approximately $200 cheaper. No IS but not sure you need the IS in this range. That F2.8 is really great in Low light. I own the Tamron and it has become my everyday lens. Just some other options for you. Of course the Canon has a little extra reach, it depends if low light is more important to you than the extra reach.. Check out



http://www.virtualtraveller.org/sigm...mavscanon3.htm

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I bought the17-85 IS USMas a kit with my 20D and it produces superb images, focuses like a silent madman in low light and has fantastic build quality. Some drawbacksyou might want to consider given your wide range of subjects & lighting:
  • the majority of the lens is in the wide angle range; ioften wish I had a 28-135or something that bridged thegap more on the long end.[/*]
  • The f5.6 isextremely limitingin low light situations.Indoors I almost always usea speedlite if notmy 50mm 1.8.[/*]
  • It's somewhat heavy. Even heavier with the 580 attached (ouch, my wrists hurt, I really need a flash bracket).
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If I had to do over again I would haveditched the IS for a faster,fixed 2.8 zoom lens. The EF 28-70 f2.8 Lis about the same price.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 6:32 PM   #4
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Urb... I did a price check on the lens you suggested.. The prices I am finding are about twice that of the one I liked.. Am I looking at the wrong lens??

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Urb... I did a price check on the lens you suggested.. The prices I am finding are about twice that of the one I liked.. Am I looking at the wrong lens??
Have you check out the Sigma 24-70 F/2.8 EX which is within your price range: http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/2470exl

-> But IMO you'll be much better off with the 'digital' only lenses from Tamron or Tokina that Ctrack mentioned, since theses lenses tend to out resolve the full frame L in sharpness
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Urb... I did a price check on the lens you suggested.. The prices I am finding are about twice that of the one I liked.. Am I looking at the wrong lens??

R~
Sorry, I meant to say you could get a used one for that. There are several on eBay for under $500.

But NHLs digital only comment is definitely valid!
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I have a 17-40L and haven't used it in about a year since I bought the Tamron 28-75 2.8 and lately the Tamron 17-50 2.8.* I can't tell any difference...between the L* and the Tamrons.* Not as quiet but the images are sharp.* *The price of the Sigma and Tamron make them worth a serious look.* I wish the Tokina was currently available because Tokina makes very good lenses.
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Old Sep 2, 2006, 9:36 PM   #8
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CTrack..

I will take alook at the tamron.......

Thanks again for the help! There is so much to learn and so much out there!

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