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Smarty
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 03:01
As the title suggests, what is the best walkaround lens for a 40D.

Price no object
weight and size are no object

Comments please....

dontblink
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 03:05
17-55 f/2.8 IS

24-105 f/4 IS

Sigma 18-200 OS

those would be my top 3

poppie guy
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 03:09
You've got a good start with the 17-40. I would get another lens that satisfied my shooting interests to go with it, and walk around with two lenses.

xarqi
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 03:11
28-300L
17-55/2.8 IS
18-200 IS
24-105/4L IS

nordstern1
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 03:13
EF-S 17-55 IS

Tamron 17-50

mrfourcows
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 04:19
ef-s 18-200 IS! :lol:

coldcase
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 04:42
24-105 f4L IS :)

caiguar
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 04:44
i have it with a tamron 17-50 for walkaround i pair it with a canon 85 1.8 and im ready to go

J-B
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 04:47
17-55 F2.8 IS

oak3x
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 05:00
When I owned my 40D, I had the 17-55mm...and it was great combo for IQ and Range. Plus 17-55 has IS

You could swap out the 17-40mm for the 17-55mm and you would be in better shape.

To make it easy...it you do...I would be interested in buying your 17-40mm for my 5D

condyk
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 06:09
17-55mm IS 2.8 if you don't need pro build quality, but what you have in a two lens combo is very nice too. The 24-105mm IS L is great on a FF body.

bigland
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 06:33
+1: 17-55 f/2.8 IS

James P
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 06:43
24-105 L

spelunker
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 07:01
One wonders what it is that you're missing from your current set up? Do you simply aspire to have a perfect one lens-solution? Whatever lens you take, there is something you'll miss. However the 17-55 IS might be it for you.

I use a 28 1.8 for my walkaround lens. It's sharp and well built but, then again, comes with the constraints of a prime lens.

cheson74
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 07:17
Your 2 lenses are pretty good. Just add a 70-200 f/2.8 IS and you'll be complete!

Pen6uiN
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 07:21
OP wants walkaround lens on a crop body
for a 40D .. use EF-S 18-200 IS

Retired_97
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 08:39
My 17-55 f/2.8 IS is on my 40D about 95% of the time for general all around shooting. This would be my suggestion to you. ;)

steved110
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 09:20
If I was looking for a walkabout lens right now, I'd opt for the EF-S 17-55 IS on a crop camera. As it was I got the 17-40 but there are times that I'd like the longer reach.

the new EF-S 18-200 IS lens appeals to me as a travel lens but it is overpriced just now, I'll be looking to pick up an ex-kit lens, from a new 50D owner with L fever, at some stage when the price has settled.

TaDa
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 09:27
17-55 IS

LightRules
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 09:50
As the title suggests, what is the best walkaround lens for a 40D.

Price no object
weight and size are no object

Comments please....

Best standard zoom walkaround for APS-C is the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS

Best ultra zoom walkaround for APS-C is either the Canon 18-200 IS, Sigma 18-200 OS, or Tamron 18-270 VC.

Eagle
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 10:45
I don't think there is one best walk-around for everbody, unless they make a 10-600L IS DO 2.8 USM.

What do you like to shoot when walking around, and where do you walk around? Depending on where I'm at and what I'm shooting it can be my 10-22 or my 100-400, or 17-70, or ...............

airfrogusmc
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 10:50
24L...

Raivyn
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 11:00
I guess it depends on what OP defines as "best".

For sharp photos and good build, then 17-55 f/2.8 IS
For a longer reach but only carrying one lens, then EF-S 18-200 IS

For me: 17-55 f/2.8 IS, but I take mostly photos of people. For my hubby who likes to take landscapes, it may be the 10-20.

ahendarman
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 11:05
EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS, nuf said

souladdikt
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 11:34
24L or 35L

chrisforshaw
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 12:52
Is the 17-55mm really that great value if you have intentions to go FF at some stage in the future? The 24-105 is cheaper although loses out in the fast stakes.

picturecrazy
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 13:24
17-55.

If you don't mind switching lenses really often, a 10-22/10-20/12-24 and 24-105 combo is nice. But that 17-23 range is REALLY useful and I get frustrated when shooting with the 24-105.

msowsun
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 13:26
The new EF-S 18-200 IS is looking like it will be a winner.

ahendarman
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 13:34
The 17-55mm retained its value well. Look at the POTN marketplace, most 17-55 there are sold at mid $800's to low $900's.
So you can sell it and get most of your money back when you do upgrade to FF.

Is the 17-55mm really that great value if you have intentions to go FF at some stage in the future? The 24-105 is cheaper although loses out in the fast stakes.

bckane
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 13:59
Sigma 17-70

Simoli
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 14:06
If I'm walking around down town then 17-55.

If I'm walking around in the woods then 70-200.

Fedxpress
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 15:35
24-105 here.
Fedexpress

ronray43
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 15:43
35 F1.4L's my fav when I'm carrying just one lens.

Ron1004
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 15:45
+ 17-55 2.8 IS

bsheasby
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 16:58
Just got an EF-S 18-200 for mine and it is fantastic. Super sharp, fast focusing, and extremely versatile. The ultimate walk-around at it's price point IMHO.

wimg
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 16:59
24L...
+ 1

Kind regards, Wim

kenwood33
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 18:49
17-55 f/2.8 IS is my lens of choice for my 40d

wallybud
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 18:55
I never understood threads like this? It usually is a matter of pref/what you like to shoot/how wide you wish to go/how much you can spend etc... Plus there are a million of the same one lol...This one feels like the 3rd in a month and a half? haha

sooo +1 to what everone else said;)
enjoy your 40D:)

e.omega
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 19:06
Its either the e-fs 17-55mm IS or the e-fs 18-200mm IS. I had a hard time deciding between the two and I ended up buying the 18-200mm because of its versatility and price. The 17-55 seemed kinda short on the tele. And a nice 50D owner sold his 18-200 to me for a really good price. Like some members said, it all depends on what you shoot.

n1as
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 20:00
I don't think there is one. One persons walk is different from another's. Today, I did a bunch of shooting using only 70-200 and 135L. In a few weeks it will be the 85 f/1.8 and 135L. In a few months, I'll be shooting exclusively with the 85 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.4. Then in the spring, I'll be living full time with the 70-200 with 1.4TC.

In my spare time I'll use the 11-16 or 17-50 but my other lenses get more use.

If you're looking for a 1 lens solution that isn't too big or expensive I suggest the G10 :-)

deci
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 20:15
+1 for Walt and Keith.......... Whatever your comfortable with. I walk round with either a 50mm, 85mm, 24-70mm or even 70-300mm occasionally.

I recently asked for advice concerning the two Canon 35mm's, a number of folks suggested the 26mm instead, because that was their favourite FL for the job in hand, despite me saying I couldn't use 24mm, it's just too wide. Maybe they where right for that job, but the 35 worked fine for me, a 26 wouldn't because I wouldn't have been comfortable with it.

Just pick a FL you like and run with it, you'll soon know if you need different.

jsinon
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 20:39
I just took my brand new 24-70L for it's first "test drive" today. I think it just replaced the 100-400 as my "walk around"

sneakerpimp
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 21:03
i use all my lenses as walkarounds, with the exception of the 'L'.

of course i'll first reach for the 18-200, then the kit lens if i need to travel light. the 35mm is used for low light.

Familiaphoto
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 21:26
On a crop the 17-55 IS is the best choice for a crop body walk around lens. Had mine for about a year now and couldn't be happier with it.

MCB
11th of October 2008 (Sat), 23:39
I love my 24-105L on my 40D.
Unless is low-light indoors shooting, i have that lens on 90% of the time. To me "general walkaround" is outside and I wouldn't want a fast prime as much as the versatility of a zoom.

midget
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 00:12
ill have to say 17-55 2.8 IS. for a one-lens kit.

Sfordphoto
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 02:39
canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS

chrisforshaw
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 03:30
Just had a look around some UK dealers at prices for 17-55 and it's coming in 200+ more than the 17-40L and about 50+ more than the 24-105. Is it really that good a lens??/

eason_c
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 04:12
35L and 24-105L

omer
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 18:08
I read thru the thread and the EF-S 17-85 IS USM was never mentioned did I buy a bad lens ?! :oops:

xarqi
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 19:32
I read thru the thread and the EF-S 17-85 IS USM was never mentioned – did I buy a bad lens ?! :oops:

Not necessarily. Just not the best walk-around lens for an APS-C body irrespective of price, size, and weight (which I still assert is the 28-300L).

nordstern1
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 20:20
I read thru the thread and the EF-S 17-85 IS USM was never mentioned did I buy a bad lens ?! :oops:

dont feel bad. its not really a bad lens, there are just better options...& bear in mind that "better" is subjective so if the 17-85 does the job for you & youre satisfied, then theres no reason to doubt it.http://yoursmiles.org/msmile/fun/m0125.gif

Crossfire
12th of October 2008 (Sun), 22:21
I read thru the thread and the EF-S 17-85 IS USM was never mentioned did I buy a bad lens ?! :oops:
I had this lens. I found it to be a very good travel lens - it's light and provided a good range. Reason I changed was that I needed something faster for indoor shoots. Whilst the 17-85mm is not the best lens out there, it is certainly not the worst piece of glass you could buy. Don't beat youself up over it.

dithiolium
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 02:57
16-35L II
I use this more than my 24-105L kit lens these months.

Jpiano
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 05:11
+1 17-55 IS USM

umphotography
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 06:50
i really like 3 lens on the 40d for general use

1. 24-105L---perfect
2. 35L
3. tammy 17-50

i know the general opinion is the 17-55 is,,which is an awsome piece of glass,,if you can deal with the dust inside your lens. is it 500.00 better than the tamron,,,,,,,,,,nope

Ianfp
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 06:52
24-105L for me is almost as good as it gets.

shimmishim
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 09:03
24-105L here as well.
I hope to get this bad boy again in the future.

sneakerpimp
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 12:48
the 24-105 is a fantastic lens, i rented one for my recent trip to hawaii. however it was not wide enough and too short for my taste--i was constantly sneaker-zooming shots.

p360
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 15:29
+1 24-105 IS

eelnoraa
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 15:59
I read thru the thread and the EF-S 17-85 IS USM was never mentioned did I buy a bad lens ?! :oops:


Not at all. I like this lens too. It is more versatile than the 17-40L at the expansive of just a little IQ at wide end. At long end, it is on par with a lot of L zooms. I use this lens for 2 years. I actually prefer this lens over the 17-40L and 24-105L. I only replaced it with the 17-55IS.

irishman
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 16:14
+20 for the 17-55

omcbubba
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 18:05
EF-S 17-55 IS

omer
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 19:54
Thanks for your comments (eelnoraa)

I want some more tele-capabilities what is your opinion should I buy the
EF 70-300 IS USM ? ( I do not think I can afford the 70 – 200 L)

xarqi
13th of October 2008 (Mon), 20:07
Thanks for your comments (eelnoraa)

I want some more tele-capabilities what is your opinion should I buy the
EF 70-300 IS USM ? ( I do not think I can afford the 70 200 L)

EFS-55-250 IS or 70-300 IS. The 70-200/4L is about the same price as the 70-300, so if IS isn't a big deal for you, it would certainly be worth considering.

By the way - has anyone seen the OP?

7up
15th of October 2008 (Wed), 12:48
I think

24-105
17-55

both great