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Jan 27, 2013 20:54 |  #1

Never thought I'd be in the "travel lens" market, but I am. My 40D doesn't see as much use as it used to now that I've sold my 70-200mm and my 100mm macro, gotten out of sports photography, and picked up the G12. So I guess I'm just looking for a wide-range lens that "does it all" pretty well. I'm thinking of selling my 17-50mm and buying either a 15-85mm, 17-85mm, 18-135mm, or 18-200mm. Any recommendations on these lenses? I use flash in low-light conditions so wide aperture is not essential.


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Jan 27, 2013 21:00 |  #2

How long and how wide do you like to shoot? I'd pare that selection down to the 15-85 (newer version of the 17-85) and the 18-135. I'd make the determination based on whether the wide end or the long end is your higher priority.


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Jan 27, 2013 21:41 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #3

Of the four lenses in question the only one I have used is 18-200mm. I find that it is quite capable and an excellent travel lens. It is not a L lens but is solidly built. I use it mostly in the 30-100mm range but at times the 200mm end is nice to have.


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Jan 28, 2013 15:13 |  #4

I like to shoot wide, but not too wide if that makes any sense. I have a Sigma 10-20mm and found it too wide for most shooting. I do want the capability to zoom in past 50mm, for sure.


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Jan 28, 2013 15:27 |  #5

Tokina 11-16mm


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Jan 28, 2013 15:31 |  #6

I used to own the 18-135 and think it's a fine lens. I definitively does it all. Build quality is a bit plastic, but perhaps the new STM version is better.

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Jan 28, 2013 17:09 as a reply to  @ facedodge's post |  #7

Another one to think about is the Sigma 17-70




  
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Jan 28, 2013 17:12 |  #8

I vote for the Canon 15mm-85mm - when I had my crop, this was my favorite. Great contrast, color and very sharp for a zoom. Now that I have the 24-105mm for FF, I often think that the 15-85 was a smidge better.


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Jan 28, 2013 19:46 |  #9

jt354 wrote in post #15541609 (external link)
Never thought I'd be in the "travel lens" market, but I am. My 40D doesn't see as much use as it used to now that I've sold my 70-200mm and my 100mm macro, gotten out of sports photography, and picked up the G12. So I guess I'm just looking for a wide-range lens that "does it all" pretty well. I'm thinking of selling my 17-50mm and buying either a 15-85mm, 17-85mm, 18-135mm, or 18-200mm. Any recommendations on these lenses? I use flash in low-light conditions so wide aperture is not essential.

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Jan 30, 2013 07:43 |  #10

Emmm. Depends on budget, but I would get 10-20mm and 24-70mm lenses and go happy about my business.


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Jan 30, 2013 09:02 |  #11

If you want one lens from wide (but not 10mm wide) to quite long (longer than 50mm), then I'd say investigate the Canon 15-85. It's probably one of the most expensive you've mentioned, however, the image quality in return is pretty decent.


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