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May 27, 2012 13:53 |  #16

hugues wrote in post #14491867 (external link)
+1 for the 28-300 L IS. Great lens

Your neck will get sore from the weight, I have one and I like it as special walk-around lens. I mean special as if you can have only one lens to cover all situation, it is my go to lens. But carrying it all day can have its toll.


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May 27, 2012 13:56 |  #17

Logicus wrote in post #14491888 (external link)
Having two bodies is a great thing... you have a backup and another focal range at the ready.... I like to put the 50/f1.4 on the 5d2 and I keep the 70-200 on the 40d...

The 40d, btw, is a GREAT value vs. package, too! You can find one for about $350 on here, and it's quite an awesome camera. Obviously, if you can get a 0d or something similar, then go for it, but the 40d is a great value for what it can do!

I would not receommend going below a 40D. The screen cleaning is a great feature to have; it was not available until the 40D model.


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May 27, 2012 14:06 |  #18

OP,
Sometimes, the better compromises are those that fall in between. I understand the frustration of having to change lenses in between shots- because it seems like you are at either one end or the other- constantly swapping lenses. However, this is POTN, and you probably should state how much you are looking to spend- like a range or this much maximum, otherwise you will get a lot of suggestions that might be way out of your budget.

When all I had was the combo you have now- I looked at and decided upon another kit lens- the 18-135 - long enough to catch most stuff. Not too long. relatively light. Carried a longer zoom just in case- but the 18-135 is typically enough range.. I found that the 18-55 was versatile for in a room- but outside- it often lacked as a walk around lens. But if you narrow down your choices to what your budget will allow- more applicable choices will surface. Right now, I could only guess whether your budget was $500, $900, or $2600..


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May 27, 2012 14:13 |  #19

hugues wrote in post #14491867 (external link)
+1 for the 28-300 L IS. Great lens

what about carrying it around and taking unnoticed shots of people?
Even birds are afraid of it, let alone people.


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May 27, 2012 14:17 |  #20

Tony_Stark wrote in post #14491272 (external link)
Well you wont go as wide, but the best "all round" for what you seem to want would be the 28-300L ;) But not sure what your budget is on this one...

I like this - bit heavy though for me .

On holiday I took the 5D2 with 16-35 and 7D with 28-300, which covered all I needed


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May 27, 2012 14:18 |  #21

bcd01 wrote in post #14491903 (external link)
Your neck will get sore from the weight, I have one and I like it as special walk-around lens. I mean special as if you can have only one lens to cover all situation, it is my go to lens. But carrying it all day can have its toll.

I carry the 28-300 + 7D and the 16-35 + 5D2 on a Spider belt - saves my neck & leaves my hands free.


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May 27, 2012 14:19 |  #22

garbidz wrote in post #14491960 (external link)
what about carrying it around and taking unnoticed shots of people?
Even birds are afraid of it, let alone people.

not a very subtle lens...........sometim​es I wish they weren't white


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May 27, 2012 15:08 |  #23

Logicus wrote in post #14491888 (external link)
Having two bodies is a great thing... you have a backup and another focal range at the ready.... I like to put the 50/f1.4 on the 5d2 and I keep the 70-200 on the 40d...


The 40d, btw, is a GREAT value vs. package, too! You can find one for about $350 on here, and it's quite an awesome camera. Obviously, if you can get a 0d or something similar, then go for it, but the 40d is a great value for what it can do!

There was some nut bag asking $850 for a used 40-D on my local Craigslist. Seems people want to ask more for cams used than they were new on CL. I never seem to have the right lens on my T3i when it's needed in a rush.




  
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May 27, 2012 15:16 |  #24

wayne.robbins wrote in post #14491933 (external link)
OP,
Sometimes, the better compromises are those that fall in between. I understand the frustration of having to change lenses in between shots- because it seems like you are at either one end or the other- constantly swapping lenses. However, this is POTN, and you probably should state how much you are looking to spend- like a range or this much maximum, otherwise you will get a lot of suggestions that might be way out of your budget.

When all I had was the combo you have now- I looked at and decided upon another kit lens- the 18-135 - long enough to catch most stuff. Not too long. relatively light. Carried a longer zoom just in case- but the 18-135 is typically enough range.. I found that the 18-55 was versatile for in a room- but outside- it often lacked as a walk around lens. But if you narrow down your choices to what your budget will allow- more applicable choices will surface. Right now, I could only guess whether your budget was $500, $900, or $2600..

I think around $900 would be my max spending limit on a lens used or new. I don't plan to carry the cam with me, it will just be used around the house , so a heavy lens is not a problem. Most of the pics i will take will be indoors at low power and close ups of the moon. I guess there is no such lens that goes from 20mm to 500mm.

250mm is not enough for my moon shots.




  
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May 27, 2012 16:28 |  #25

bcd01 wrote in post #14491392 (external link)
I think you real solution is to get a second body and then your have both lenses covered.

Was totally going to say the same thing. Better to get a second body. Look for a used one on the forum, I am sure there are lots.


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May 27, 2012 16:40 |  #26

CHASLX200 wrote in post #14490794 (external link)
Looking for a all around better lens for my T3i. I have the EFS 18-55mm IS and a EFS 55-250mm IS. I find myself changing both the lens too much for my taste. I would like a better built lens that will do the job of both the lens i have.

So what would be a good choice? Don't mind spending some money for something better, new or used.

CHASLX200 wrote in post #14492165 (external link)
I think around $900 would be my max spending limit on a lens used or new. I don't plan to carry the cam with me, it will just be used around the house , so a heavy lens is not a problem. Most of the pics i will take will be indoors at low power and close ups of the moon. I guess there is no such lens that goes from 20mm to 500mm.

250mm is not enough for my moon shots.

Then, how often do you have to change lenses?:confused:


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May 27, 2012 17:57 |  #27

runninmann wrote in post #14492411 (external link)
Then, how often do you have to change lenses?:confused:

More than i like to. Seems i have the 55-250mm lens on when i need the 18mm and when i have the 18-55mm lens on i need the 250mm lens.




  
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May 27, 2012 17:57 |  #28

There are quite a few options available to have an "everything in one lens" so to speak. However, you cant have it all. Price, weight, and optical quality are all things you want to consider; you can only pick 2 of the 3 ;)

Since you want crazy range for photos, why not look at the Sigma 50-500? It wont have amazing IQ, but it has pretty much everything you would want, except wide angle for indoors. On your T3 the FoV would be about an 80-800.


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May 27, 2012 17:59 |  #29

CHASLX200 wrote in post #14492616 (external link)
More than i like to. Seems i have the 55-250mm lens on when i need the 18mm and when i have the 18-55mm lens on i need the 250mm lens.

What kind of situations are you in that this happens to you :confused: Changing lenses is extremely painless, and unless your subject comes completely by surprise, you should have some sort of idea of what you want to shoot ahead of time.


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May 27, 2012 18:11 as a reply to  @ Tony_Stark's post |  #30

Most of the pics i will take will be indoors at low power and close ups of the moon

Low power meaning low light? I'm a bit confused.

Do you just not want to change lenses at all? For what reasons, specifically? It seems like you won't be missing 'that shot' if you spend all of 3 seconds changing a lens, especially if you're shooting indoors and/or taking photos of a stationary subject, being the moon.

Please do not take any offense, but I just don't believe in sacrificing any quality - if you have the time and the convenience to change a lens, especially indoors.




  
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