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Mar 09, 2013 13:44 |  #1

I finally pulled the trigger on a photo-specific backpack to take on longer mountain bike rides, so I'm hoping to do some more photography on the trails this year. I'll be taking my 50D with me, and I want a lens that's relatively lightweight and has a decent range. I'd prefer at least 18mm on the wide end, and I'm hoping to keep it under $200.

I was thinking about going really lightweight with the 18-55mm IS kit lens, but the long end may be a little limiting. Other lenses I'm considering are the Canon 18-135mm, Sigma 18-125mm, and potentially the 17-85mm if I could find a good deal. Anything else I should be looking at?

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Mar 09, 2013 13:57 |  #2

If it is photo backpack, then 55-250 will find its place.


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Mar 09, 2013 14:23 |  #3

No, the 55-250 on my 50D is way too tight for how I like to shoot. I want a wide-angle zoom for sure.


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Mar 09, 2013 14:59 |  #4

smmokan wrote in post #15695496 (external link)
I finally pulled the trigger on a photo-specific backpack to take on longer mountain bike rides, so I'm hoping to do some more photography on the trails this year. I'll be taking my 50D with me, and I want a lens that's relatively lightweight and has a decent range. I'd prefer at least 18mm on the wide end, and I'm hoping to keep it under $200.

I was thinking about going really lightweight with the 18-55mm IS kit lens, but the long end may be a little limiting. Other lenses I'm considering are the Canon 18-135mm, Sigma 18-125mm, and potentially the 17-85mm if I could find a good deal. Anything else I should be looking at?

Yes, go with this one. It's very light, offers decent range, and has IS.

Used are in the mid-$200's, but if you are patient you can find one closer to $200.

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Mar 09, 2013 20:54 as a reply to  @ estabro's post |  #5
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Just be careful...I had a 17-85 they are trouble prone. They are even listed in the for sale section as having had certain issues fixed! Sub $200 will get you one...if you dare!


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Mar 09, 2013 21:10 |  #6

I should suggest sigma 18-250 OS macro


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Mar 10, 2013 03:58 |  #7

smmokan wrote in post #15695607 (external link)
No, the 55-250 on my 50D is way too tight for how I like to shoot. I want a wide-angle zoom for sure.

I assume he meant as a 2-lens kit.


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Mar 10, 2013 09:36 |  #8

^^^ Exactly right ^^^
18-55 + 55-250.


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Mar 10, 2013 14:15 |  #9

Gotcha, kf... since I'll be carrying the setup with me on 25+ mile rides, there's no way I want a 2-lens solution. I'm willing to sacrifice a little on the long end in order to only carry one lens in my pack. It's heavy enough already. :)


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Mar 10, 2013 14:45 |  #10

if you bump up your budget a bit more you've got some options that have a bit more in the telephoto length...18-200IS, tamron 18-270VC, and the sigma 18-250OS...

for $200, you're pretty limited...i don't even think you could get a 18-135mm, or 17-85mm for that...

and an 18-55IS and 55-250IS combo isn't going to weigh that much...together you're looking at 21oz...


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Mar 10, 2013 14:57 |  #11

15-85 (the update/improvement on the 17-85) or the Sigma 17-70 would be worth a look, too.


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Mar 10, 2013 15:46 |  #12

I would test out your new backpack on a shorter ride (5-10 mi) with your current gear, just to see how you like it. I don't think I've ever gone more than 30-40 miles on a mountain bike. I've taken a camera and kit lens in a backpack, along with water and food, and was pretty tired. The bag wasn't aerodynamic at all, and all the weight on my back made the ride back pretty miserable.

If you have other reasons for buying a lens, then go for it. I just wouldn't recommend buying a lens for this sole purpose until you try it out. A P&S would be much easier on the body. You can also buy a case that attaches to the bike. It's debatable what all those bumps will do to the camera gear, though.


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Mar 10, 2013 17:52 |  #13

klr.b wrote in post #15699012 (external link)
I would test out your new backpack on a shorter ride (5-10 mi) with your current gear, just to see how you like it. I don't think I've ever gone more than 30-40 miles on a mountain bike. I've taken a camera and kit lens in a backpack, along with water and food, and was pretty tired. The bag wasn't aerodynamic at all, and all the weight on my back made the ride back pretty miserable.

If you have other reasons for buying a lens, then go for it. I just wouldn't recommend buying a lens for this sole purpose until you try it out. A P&S would be much easier on the body. You can also buy a case that attaches to the bike. It's debatable what all those bumps will do to the camera gear, though.

Thanks, but I'm not going back to a P&S for several reasons. The pack I have is perfect for my DSLR, and I'm definitely going to bring it every so often.

I have the 24-105mm for my full-frame body, but I don't want to use it for a few reasons: weight, expense, and FOV on my 50D. I'd rather spend a little money on a used zoom that could put out a few good shots here and there.


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Mar 10, 2013 18:31 |  #14

I'm liking the range on my kit 18-135 so I'll suggest looking for one of those.


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Mar 10, 2013 18:53 |  #15

Tamron 18-270 PZD is pretty sharp with fast AF and barely bigger than the kit lens.


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