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Old Jan 5, 2011, 5:12 PM   #1
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Default Canon T2i v Nikon D90... kit lens upgrades...

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I am considering buying either a Canon T2i or a Nikon D90. I have determined that I do not want the kit lens, opting for a zoom lens with wider range and better optical quality.

I shoot primarily landscapes and architecture.

Which of these combos is the better system for this type of photography -

(A) Canon T2i with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS lens -or-
(B) Nikon D90 with the Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens ?

Any alternatives I should consider?
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 5:16 PM   #2
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t2i ef-s 15-85 is a much better setup then the other lens. Even the nikon 18-105. The ef-s 15-85 is a near pro level lens.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 8:16 PM   #3
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While the Canon 15-85 lens is very good for most things, at the wide end it distorts a lot and vignettes a lot. For landscape and especilly for architecture photography, you might want to go for something else. The Canon 17-40/4.0 costs about the same, and would probably be a much better choice for what you want to shoot.

The same is true of the Nikon 18-105, unfortunately. Nikon's 16-35/4.0 would probably be a better choice, and while it's stabilized, it's also a lot more expensive.
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TCav... the only concern I have with the 17-40 is that it doesn't have the range of the longer zoom lenses. Occasionally you want to zoom in and catch an architectural detail or landscape feature.
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Before you decide not to buy a kit, I'd check the prices of kits and just bodies. With Canon at present some kits are cheaper than just the bodies.

As to choice of body, I'd choose the T2i over the D90 every time. Comparing the T2i with the D7000 would be a tougher choice.
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I would still go with the 15-85mm, if you do not open full on the wide side at 15mm you will not have the distortion and vig issues. From 18-85mm it is a top notch lens.

But as peter said, there are some very well package kit, and you might find cheaper then just the body alone.
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And if you really are into landscaping I would be looking for a dedicated ultra wide angle like the tokina 11-16 or the sigma 8-16.
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