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04/28/2009 08:41:44 AM · #1


for canon...

Any thoughts on the best $300-$500 walking around lens, with a range 18-125, or 17-85 or some semi versatile wide angle- any really good values for the money in this range-

Appreciate your thoughts...
04/28/2009 09:05:20 AM · #2
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is a damn solid choice but I don't know if it has enough tele for you.
04/28/2009 09:07:01 AM · #3
I really like the Canon 28-135mm. It's in your price range, and I felt it was a good value for the money. Read some reviews about this one, it might be what you're looking for.
04/28/2009 11:44:23 PM · #4
I've heard that the Tamron 18-250 is shockingly good considering the focal range that it has. Noisy AF, distortion, and slow aperture seem to be the main knocks against it but that's a P&S superzoom-type range with what appears to be very good quality.
04/28/2009 11:53:47 PM · #5
Originally posted by MrXpress:

Noisy AF, distortion, and slow aperture seem to be the main knocks against it but that's a P&S superzoom-type range with what appears to be very good quality.


LOL what else could you hold against a lens beside the complaints listed? Doesn't leave much of a list of good things you can say about a lens.

Matt
04/29/2009 12:24:12 AM · #6
Surprised no-one has mentioned the Tamron 28-75 2.8 yet. Where's '' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . '' Bear_Music when we need him? :-)
04/29/2009 03:07:16 AM · #7
I was just going to mention that - it's a great lens, good value and fantastically sharp.

It might not be wide enough given the original requirements, but I'd highly recommend looking into it. Just get a 10-22 to compliment it :)
05/01/2009 06:21:22 PM · #8
Originally posted by MattO:

Originally posted by MrXpress:

Noisy AF, distortion, and slow aperture seem to be the main knocks against it but that's a P&S superzoom-type range with what appears to be very good quality.


LOL what else could you hold against a lens beside the complaints listed? Doesn't leave much of a list of good things you can say about a lens.

Matt


Well, those traits will also be a part of almost every other choice in the range that he listed. The Canon 17-85 is even slightly slower aperture-wise and has more distortion with much worse CA/PF.
05/01/2009 07:16:10 PM · #9
Originally posted by steefmcbeef:

I really like the Canon 28-135mm. It's in your price range, and I felt it was a good value for the money. Read some reviews about this one, it might be what you're looking for.


I second this lens as a good walk around. The min focusing distance is nice and close. It is not very wide and not ultra telephoto, but a good all around lens.
05/01/2009 07:28:35 PM · #10
I've been borrowing a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 lens a lot recently. It's a good one.
05/02/2009 07:35:58 AM · #11
thanks for the suggestions; I have a lot of homework.
05/02/2009 08:06:38 AM · #12
Originally posted by blindjustice:

for canon...

Any thoughts on the best $300-$500 walking around lens, with a range 18-125, or 17-85 or some semi versatile wide angle- any really good values for the money in this range-

Appreciate your thoughts...


I'm not familiar with Canon lenses, but in the Oly world, the 11-22mm macro seems to be a very effective for a general "walkabout" lens. For me personally, I prefer two lenses for general, all purpose use - a 28mm fixed and 50mm fixed. The 28mm gives me the wider angle view and the 50mm has uses for more intimate imagery. One of the photographers at my Dad's newspaper used 28mm fixed on almost everything he did when he converted to 35mm and won three Pulitzer's with that lens. :>) Most of my better images come from these two lenses.

The other lens I use a lot is a Olympus 70 to 200 macro zoom that was only available in Japan for the OM series. I use it with an 4/3rds adaptor.

I just took a quick run through eBay for Canon lenses and there are some high quality lenses in this focal length available in the price range you are looking at.

Later,

Tom
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