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Feb 15, 2008 21:20 |  #1

I am confronted with the dreaded L lust.

However, I have a tiny budget.

I was ready to pull the trigger on the Canon 70-200 f4L (non-IS) when I spied a Craigslist ad for a 17-40L for 500 bucks.

Then I saw that Tamron has a 70-200 f2.8 that is around the same range.

I've currently got the kit lens (blargh), the Nifty Fifty....the 85mm f1.8, and an older 28-105 f3.5/4.5 USM (5 bladed aperture). THAT is currently the walkaround lens and the one that is on the camera most of the time unless I'm shooting indoors (no flash).

Sadly...after shooting with the primes and the 28-105...the kit lens hasnt left my camera bag in MONTHS.

What do I shoot: my kid....my dog...my cat....street photography is endlessly facinating in a city like NYC. Sports? Not yet currently. Family gatherings? yes.

Weddings? Not if you wanted good pictures.

My budget is under 1000. Ideally around the 500-700 range. Of the above choices, and given the current kit....what would you go for?

I know the Tamron isnt going to available for a month, but then again...so will my funds!

How does the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 stack up?

I love this site and the things I've learned here, so be gentle, and THANKS in advance.


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Feb 15, 2008 21:26 |  #2

Did you mean to say Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 instead of Tamron :)

The Sigma is supposed to be very good.


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Feb 15, 2008 21:42 |  #3

I think Tamron just announced one.

one other thing I shoot....cars...all kinds...motorsports and car show stuff.


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Feb 15, 2008 22:15 |  #4

Considering what you shoot, I think the 17-40 would be a better fit for you than the 70-200. If you could work it into your budget, a 17-55 would be a nice fit too. I think you would get a lot more use out of the wider lens than a longer lens.
(BTW, you show a 17-55 kit, but the kit is an 18-55).


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Feb 15, 2008 22:29 |  #5

doh..typo


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Feb 17, 2008 09:29 |  #6

See, I sortof agree with you, but I also DO like taking close cropped street faces. And I think the longer reach will allow me to NOT get so in their face by shooting at a distance.

My boy will actally be playing some sports this year, hence the Sigma 2.8 being thrown into the mix.

Thanks for the reply...anyone else wish to sprinkle some wisdom on this newbie?


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Feb 17, 2008 09:33 |  #7

go for the tamron 17-50 and save the rest for the sigma 70-200 at a later date. The Tamron is a fantastic lens. Look on the sell forums here and on craigslist as well for used lenses.


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Feb 17, 2008 09:36 |  #8

i think the 70-200 is too short for sports but is ideal for street photography. The 17-40 will be better for the cars. Decide what you want to shoot now and keep saving. My $0.02


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