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Nellas
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Jul 01, 2011 12:13 |  #1

Hello!

I have a Canon 20D and am looking for a nicer lens to replace my current kit lens of 18-55 mm, 4.5-5.6. I would like something that puts out slightly higher quality photos, like my Canon 85mm 1.8 lens......basically not wanting to spend a crazy amount and am not needing an "L" lens, but would like a wider aperture and smoother quality.

I also have a Tamron 28-75, but it's not always wide enough for what I need, so am looking in the 17-18-ish mm range if possible.

Thanks so much for guiding me to some possible lenses, because quite frankly, I don't know where to start looking! ???


  
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Jul 01, 2011 12:17 |  #2

efs 17-55 f/2.8 would be a great start!! Its kind of expensive but is well worth it:D




  
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Jul 01, 2011 12:19 |  #3

Check out the Canon EF-S 18 - 135. I use it on my 60D and find it covers most of the bases for me. 'cause it's Canon, quality is quite good also. Just my opinion.


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Jul 01, 2011 12:20 |  #4

Fricks has it right. Thats the one you should compare all the others to for a crop camera. The problem you have is zooms only go to 2.8 so if you want wider apertures than that you are looking at fixed focal length lenses (primes).




  
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Jul 01, 2011 12:23 |  #5

Fricks wrote in post #12688865 (external link)
efs 17-55 f/2.8 would be a great start!! Its kind of expensive but is well worth it:D

That's more expensive than some L lens... and I don't think that's what the OP wants. Look at the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non-VC. It's very reasonably priced ($450 new, but you can look around the forums) and you get a constant f/2.8 across the zoom. There's also the Canon 18-85 IS USM, but you've got that focal range pretty much covered.

You could always try to sell the 28-75 and the kit lens, and pick up a single 18-85 or the Tamron 17-50.


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Jul 01, 2011 12:25 |  #6

I second d8W, I have the Tamron it is a great lens.


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Jul 01, 2011 12:28 |  #7

If I was in your boat, I'd probably sell the 28-75 and buy a Tamron 17-50mm F2.8. Practically the same lens, but wider. You can use the 85mm for whatever you used to use the 75mm end of the zoom for.


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Jul 01, 2011 12:39 |  #8

She's also got the 70-300 to handle anything beyond 70, but yea I was thinking the 85mm + walking zoom :).

I'd say your best bet is a kit with (lengths):

17-50mm
85mm
70-300mm

Throw in the 50 f/1.8 if you feel like having a FF 85mm, it's such a great value lens.


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Jul 01, 2011 13:02 |  #9

Thanks so much everyone! You've given me some great ideas and options. Going to go on Amazon to price some of these and decide what to save up for. :D


  
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Jul 01, 2011 13:10 |  #10

I third (fourth?) (fifth?) the Tamron 17-50 Non-vc. I own it, and it is quite amazing.


-Canon T2i- -Tammy 17-50 non-VC- -50 f1.4- -100 f2.8 macro- -85 f1.8-
-Pentax SP1000- -SMC Takumar 55 f2- -Takumar 28 f3.5- -Vivitar 135 f2.8-

  
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Jul 01, 2011 13:16 |  #11

Sigma 17-70 is another good option.

I saved up though and went for the Canon 15-85, which is a fantastic lens that gives L quality results. Also, the extra 2mm on the wide end doesn't sound like much, but it is actually a pretty huge difference because the closer you get to 0 the larger the affect of each mm of focal length.


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Jul 01, 2011 13:41 as a reply to  @ arentol's post |  #12

Tamron 17-50 is good, I think the Canon 15-85 is better and makes a very good walk around lens for a crop body.




  
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Jul 01, 2011 13:54 |  #13

sixth and seventh for the Tamron 17-50 non VC. If you don't miss VC on your 28-75, you will definately not miss it at 17-50. Plus the price is sweet on it.


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