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Sep 06, 2012 21:55 |  #1

Well, as you can see I am thinking about replacing the kit lens, the 18-55.

If you look at my gear list you will see that I have a 50mm 1.8, sigma 10-20mm, kit lens, and a 55-250mm.

I was wondering what you guys would suggest I should take its place with? The reason I am replacing is because I will be starting to do more personal automotive shots for people. Rather than just at a car show or event.

I have been thinking about ditching the nifty fifty and getting a 30mm 1.4. If that helps.

I photography automotive and nature mostly.

Thank you - Keith.


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Sep 06, 2012 22:42 |  #2

What's your budget?


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Sep 06, 2012 22:44 |  #3
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What's your budget?

General consensus is -

Cheapest : Tamron 17-50 non-vc
Mid range : Sigma 17-50 OS
Top : Canon 17-55 IS


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Sep 06, 2012 22:48 |  #4

kin2son wrote in post #14957944 (external link)
What's your budget?

General consensus is -

Cheapest : Tamron 17-50 non-vc
Mid range : Sigma 17-50 OS
Top : Canon 17-55 IS

Add the Canon 15-85 to "Top", and end the thread.



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Sep 06, 2012 23:50 |  #5

Look at 17-5x f2.8. Great for low light and its wide enough for car shows. Tamron, Sigma and Canon make them but it depends on your price budget like kin2son mentioned.

30mm might not be wide enough for indoor car shots. You night be about to do a few but not a lot from the car show I have been too.


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Sep 07, 2012 01:46 |  #6

Keedo wrote in post #14957746 (external link)
Well, as you can see I am thinking about replacing the kit lens, the 18-55.

If you look at my gear list you will see that I have a 50mm 1.8, sigma 10-20mm, kit lens, and a 55-250mm.

I was wondering what you guys would suggest I should take its place with? The reason I am replacing is because I will be starting to do more personal automotive shots for people. Rather than just at a car show or event.

I have been thinking about ditching the nifty fifty and getting a 30mm 1.4. If that helps.

I photography automotive and nature mostly.

Thank you - Keith.

Your lens list should be fine, have you got any lighting e.g flash?
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Sep 07, 2012 06:19 |  #7

Hey guys, sorry I thought I mentioned my budget. Well, not anything too crazy. I am only still a beginner, just I know I will be getting into personal photo shoots and I want to start getting prepared now. ex, nothing like 700usd or up.

I will be doing 90% of my shots outside.


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Sep 07, 2012 06:41 |  #8

The OP wants to possibly replace his 18-55mm and people are recommending the Canon 17-55 IS. What does that accomplish?

mannetti21 had it correct when he recommended the Canon 15-85. It's a great lens for "car" work, particulalrly outdoors. Another great possibility is the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM. It focuses down to 9 inches which can be an asset in closeup car photography.




  
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Sep 07, 2012 07:20 |  #9

John from PA wrote in post #14958865 (external link)
The OP wants to possibly replace his 18-55mm and people are recommending the Canon 17-55 IS. What does that accomplish?

Seriously? The 17-55 is a f/2.8 ring USM lens with L class optics. It's a totally different class of lens vs the kit lens. It's also out of his budget now that he's said what it is. Based on that I would say the 15-85 would probably be a good option, particularly with the rebate on it.


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Sep 07, 2012 23:30 |  #10

i like the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non VC i never used the 18-55 IS, its still in the box was thinking about selling it




  
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Sep 08, 2012 00:24 |  #11

John from PA wrote in post #14958865 (external link)
The OP wants to possibly replace his 18-55mm and people are recommending the Canon 17-55 IS What does that accomplish?.

Do you know the differences between the two lenses firsthand? Really?


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Sep 08, 2012 00:54 |  #12

I've owned both lens 15-85 and 17-55 for over a year each. The 17-55 is optically superior to the other zoom options, but I'm not sure why people automatically assume optical superiority should dictate the purchase, especially when none of the mentioned lens are slouches.

Purpose/function should be the determinant IMO...which puts the 15-85 ahead. Car shoots are controlled environments, usually during the day, and if at night using a tripod is simple since your subject can be stationary. The wide end of the 15mm can be useful for getting close to interesting parts of the vehicle for exaggerated geometry, and the zoom to 85 allows great flexibility to shoot from a variety of positions. Sure, sharpness might not be as good as the 17-55 when compared at 100% crop side-by-side, but let's be realistic, sharpness from this lens is a non-issue.

In a nutshell, any of the lens will be an upgrade, but you really should think beyond sharpness/contrast for the OP's described purposes. Not to mention, the 18-55 kit lens isn't exactly soft, and especially not when stopped down a bit...which I assume will/should occur frequently to keep the large subjects in focus.



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