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Jun 14, 2011 21:39 |  #1

I think I've narrowed the playing field to these two lenses for my Italy trip,

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

I guess the question is, what do I want more, the extra zoom or the wide angle. Any advice/input? Also note that I have a Rebel XT so there both gonna act larger...


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Jun 14, 2011 21:42 |  #2

Are you also bringing the 18-55 and 70-200 you own?

Between those two lenses you mention, I prefer the 17-50 range for general travel shots (but prefer something even wider for euro cities), and prefer the 28-75 for portraits and candid shooting. So it depends what you want to do.




  
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Jun 14, 2011 21:46 |  #3

Well that's not what I wanted to hear :P ... I really just want one lens I can do everything with, I was not going to bring the others.


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Jun 14, 2011 22:55 |  #4

i would bring the 17-50...enjoy your trip.


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Jun 14, 2011 23:00 |  #5

If you must insist on only one of those for your trip, I would go with the 17-50. In general, its easier to zoom in with your feet than it is to zoom out with them, especially in buildings or landscape shots etc.


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Jun 14, 2011 23:04 |  #6

Alex_Galea wrote in post #12595180 (external link)
Well that's not what I wanted to hear :P ... I really just want one lens I can do everything with, I was not going to bring the others.

If you're not taking any other lenses the 17-50 will be a more enjoyable experience I would think. 28mm is not wide enough for a lot of interesting shots in many cities, especially those with very narrow old streets.




  
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Jun 15, 2011 02:35 |  #7

I agree: 28 won't be wide enough.
I'd tend to favour a lens with optical stabilisation over one with a greater maximum aperture.
Your ideal lens, I think, would be the 15-85, but it may be too pricey.
Alternatively, look at the Tamron 17-50/2.8 VC.
If that is still too expensive, take your 18-55 if it is the IS lens, or get the 18-55 IS if it is not.




  
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Jun 15, 2011 02:37 |  #8

17-50.


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Jun 15, 2011 02:39 |  #9

For travelling go wide...I love wide, but I'm travelling with a 16-35L on a 1.3x crop (so a lot wider than your combination would be) and most of the time I don't need anything longer


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Jun 15, 2011 02:45 as a reply to  @ LowriderS10's post |  #10

The 15-85 has the greatest walkaround/travel focal range.. if you can live with the slower speed. The IS is wonderful, and can help a lot in low-light.


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Jun 15, 2011 04:32 |  #11

I have 28-75, kit lens and 70-200.
Perfect combination for my rebel.
28-75 works perfect as walk-around and portrait, it is most used lens.
If I need it wider which is not very often I put kit lens on.


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Jun 15, 2011 05:06 as a reply to  @ kf095's post |  #12

+1 on the 17-50


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Jun 15, 2011 06:27 |  #13

+another 1 on the 17-50f/2.8
You can always crop in afterwards to get the subject larger but you cant do anything about the long end if you cant step back far enough.
17mm to 28mm is a huge step.


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Jun 15, 2011 10:07 |  #14

For Italy you definately want wider rather than longer.

I did Tuscany last year and the wider lenses got by far the most work.


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Jun 15, 2011 10:12 |  #15

Alex_Galea wrote in post #12595180 (external link)
Well that's not what I wanted to hear :P ... I really just want one lens I can do everything with, I was not going to bring the others.

Rent the 15-85 then.

If you want to stick with something you already have go with the 17-50.




  
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