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Dec 28, 2010 16:20 |  #1

Hi,

I've had my camera for a few years but have only recently been in the position to start getting some new equipment so any advice would be much appreciated.

I have a Canon 400d with the 18-55mm kit lens (non IS) and I recently bought a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens as I like shooting macro.

However, I mostly shoot landscape, architecture and I have also started to become interested in night photography. I really want to upgrade my kit lens but I don't know what the best options are - so far I've looked at:

Canon EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens (possibly a little too pricey for me at the moment)

What can people recommend as a good upgrade to the kit lens and also some good suggestions for lenses in generally for landscape, architecture and night photography (I have a tripod)

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Dec 28, 2010 16:24 |  #2

Honestly I would start by selling your current kit lens for $50 and buying the new (IS) kit lens for $100. Its a major step up and might forestall your need for the above lenses until you can settle on one. Dont forget the 17-55 2.8IS.




  
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Dec 28, 2010 16:29 |  #3

I agree that the IS kit lens could be a good interim lens. It's quite a bit better than the old 18-55 but costs next to nothing because there are so many floating around.

You might want to look at the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, as it costs less than half what the equivalent Canon lens does. It doesn't give you any extra zoom but you get f/2.8 at all focal lengths.


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Jan 05, 2011 19:56 as a reply to  @ dmnelson's post |  #4

I think replacing the current lens with the newer IS version of the 18-55mm could be a good option but perhaps it is just putting off the inevitable???

I can't seem to be able to pick between the above idea and the following:

Canon EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Canon EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens

if anyone could offer anymore opinions that would be great. I don't really know much about the Tamron lenses either so if anyone has any comments they would also be helpful!

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Jan 05, 2011 21:41 |  #5

If you shoot landscape and macro most of the time, I highly recommend to get a nice tripod first if you don't have one. With a high end tripod, you can stop down your kit lens to f/8 or slower in order to get sharp images.




  
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Jan 06, 2011 07:59 |  #6

Tripod + remote cable is the best for low light cityscape / landscape. Out of your choices - I'd look at the 15-85mm first. Consider the Canon 17-55mm 2.8, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, and Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 as well.


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Jan 06, 2011 10:39 |  #7

The 15-85 is a cracking lens, and apart from the extra focal length of 18-135 and 17-85 you probably won't be seeing a massive improvement in IQ, although more expensive the 15-85 is worth it. So perhaps an interim an IS kit lens until getting something decent if funds won't stretch.

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