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Aug 12, 2010 14:23 as a reply to  @ post 10709387 |  #61

As I scratch my head and take two aspirins....
I know I an gray but bald??!! eeek.
Is Canon That much better than Tamron or Sigma? As in worth the $400+ difference in price?


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Aug 12, 2010 14:26 as a reply to  @ brywill32669's post |  #62

Ok.. I have the 580ex II flash.. what about the 24-105 f/4 lens?
Is this a good walk around? Sharpness that is...


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Aug 12, 2010 14:32 |  #63

LiberationFrequency wrote in post #10703979 (external link)
I would recommend a 24-105 f4L as a walkaround, but you said low light, so obviously you need something faster...

I would have recommended the 24-105 - I love it on my 7D, but it's over twice the OP stated budget, and as you say f4 isn't the fastest (still fast enough for most of what I do)

Some may shoot me - I actually got good shots with the 18-55 IS kit lens that I got with my 450D. The newer of the 18-55 kits lenses with IS are actually a very different lense to the earlier models, vastly improving optical quality. Buidl quality still isn't the best. I would considering picking up a second hand lens, and save towards one of the more expensive lenses. A good walk around lens that blends a decent range, fast, and light is expensive.

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Aug 12, 2010 14:34 |  #64

brywill32669 wrote in post #10709496 (external link)
Ok.. I have the 580ex II flash.. what about the 24-105 f/4 lens?
Is this a good walk around? Sharpness that is...

The 24-105mm covers the focal lengths of 24mm to 105mm. Do YOU think you would be ok walking around with that kind of coverage?

I like walking around with my 30mm prime. Some folks like to be covered from 18mm to 270mm.

Once you learn what the specs mean (focal length coverage, aperture range, minimum focus distance), it all comes down to personal preference.




  
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Aug 12, 2010 14:40 as a reply to  @ egordon99's post |  #65

I REALLY like my Tammy but for some reason it isnt as crisp as I would like. I guess I am looking at the pics here in G&N and see what is posted, wow what clarity and get camera/lens envy. Then I think maybe I need to go with a full body .... ugh...


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Aug 12, 2010 14:52 |  #66

micallef1990 wrote in post #10708923 (external link)
also just been offerd a brand new Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 DC Macro OS for 260 pounds should i do it?

Value for money, this simply cannot be beaten. The 15-85mm is twice the price but not twice the quality, and the 17-55mm IS is three times the price and definitely not three times the quality...as far as I'm concerned it's a done deal :p


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Aug 12, 2010 15:04 |  #67

There is a second hand one with ten mins left on eBay and that is 200 pounds should I pay that bit more for a new one?


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Aug 12, 2010 15:09 |  #68

i have a good selection of the lenses being asked about and I shoot mostly portraits and travel stuff so here is my take - if I only had one of these lenses this is what I would do:

in order of "to keep"

1. Sig 30 1.4
2. Canon 17-55 2.8
3. Canon 24-105 f4

2 things stick out to me from my list: this is the opposite order I purchased them & the descending size of aperture - if that tells you something... :-)

The good news is I could take any one of theses lenses and go out and get a good majority of the "shots" i want for my shooting style...

I've mentioned this in similar threads but for me the Sig 30 on one body and 85 1.8 on the other keep the zooms in the bag the vast majority of the time...

Also, my buddy who I shoot with more than anyone has a Tamron 17-50 2.8 - besides a slight difference in focusing speed/noise, any difference in end result between it and my 17-55 2.8 is practically impossible to identify...

my fav part about the primes is they pack so light...


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Aug 12, 2010 16:02 as a reply to  @ Andrushka's post |  #69

So for outside the 24-105f/4 how would you rate it from your point of view. I am shooting with the XSi.
Bryan


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Aug 12, 2010 17:07 |  #70

have just seen another one for sale for 100 pounds seems a bargain. is the Sigma 50mm f/1:2.8 50 f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 worth getting?


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Aug 12, 2010 22:09 |  #71

micallef1990 wrote in post #10710391 (external link)
have just seen another one for sale for 100 pounds seems a bargain. is the Sigma 50mm f/1:2.8 50 f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 worth getting?


Really the 30 is the way to go. I'd pass on the Sigma 50 2.8. Not that good of lens.




  
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Aug 13, 2010 01:42 |  #72
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iRNooB wrote in post #10707999 (external link)
Heres a comparison I did between the 50mm 1.8 II vs the tamron 17-50mm non-VC

Both are at f/2.8 50mm and on a tripod, mirror lock up, remote, etc.

Tamron is the left, nifty fifty on the right. Shot in RAW with no PP. Center crop.

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Ya, it's not even close.

I'll tell you what, I had the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS and then got my EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.
In test shots between the Canon 17-85 and the Canon 17-55, the 17-85 compared closer to the 17-55 than the Tammy does to the 50mm f/1.8 in your pics.
And both compare better to the 50mm than I'm seeing the Tammy do.

The Canon 17-85 is a decent lens, especially when stopped down to f/8, or f/11.

Apparently the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 is better than the Canon 17-85, which would mean that it is really close to the performance of the 17-55, and with more reach, albeit with not quite as fast as the 17-55 f/2.8.

I would really recommend that 15-85 to anyone who wants to keep the price down somewhat, but get great IQ, and a great zoom range on a crop.

Being able to go lower than 17mm wide, and longer than 50, is a big deal on a crop sensor.


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Aug 13, 2010 03:16 as a reply to  @ MP4/8's post |  #73

I've the Tamron 17-50 2.8 on my 40D, and love it. Good piece of glass, light, sharp and with very good colors!
Just a little raccomandation...befor​e buy this lens try it on your camera in order to verify back or front focus problems. Many of this lenses could be suffer this type of problems.

The following was taken with my 40D and Tammy!

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Aug 13, 2010 06:52 as a reply to  @ EOSFelix's post |  #74

I appreciate that. I may need to have the lens inspected and adjusted.
Bryan


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Aug 13, 2010 06:57 |  #75

I dont know if you decided to purchase anything quite yet, but I would suggest actually renting a few lenses that you had in mind. (if no one has told you to try it out yet).

Cheers, and good luck :D


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