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Feb 24, 2014 16:03 |  #16

Have a look at the Sigma 17-50mm. It's $570 new, has stabilization so you have less need of a tripod (I would still bring a tripod for long exposures or stopped down shots), fast HSM focusing, and a max f-stop of f/2.8. The IQ is up there with the Canon equivalent.




  
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Feb 24, 2014 16:25 as a reply to  @ post 16713705 |  #17

Thank you everybody!

Now I'm thinking of buying 18-135 or 18-200. But do you think 18-200 is heavy and big to carry around while traveling?

Other than Canon lens, do you also recommend Tamron or Sigma lenses? I heard it's cheaper price wise. I'm fine with any brand as long it's the same specifications or performance.


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Feb 24, 2014 16:28 |  #18

frugivore wrote in post #16714232 (external link)
Have a look at the Sigma 17-50mm. It's $570 new, has stabilization so you have less need of a tripod (I would still bring a tripod for long exposures or stopped down shots), fast HSM focusing, and a max f-stop of f/2.8. The IQ is up there with the Canon equivalent.

Hi frugivore - but my old one is 18-55mm max though :-( I'm not really familiar with lenses but per spec, it's almost the same?


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Feb 24, 2014 17:49 |  #19

The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM is another option.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …0mm_f_2_8_4_DC_​Macro.html (external link)




  
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Feb 24, 2014 19:32 |  #20

The weight difference between the 18-200 and the 18-135 STM is 115 gr or 4 oz hardly worth considering. I'd suggest to get the one you find cheaper, as there are probably some used 18-200 available. (Mine isn't... ;)..)


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Feb 25, 2014 03:32 |  #21

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Thank you everybody!

Now I'm thinking of buying 18-135 or 18-200. But do you think 18-200 is heavy and big to carry around while traveling?

Other than Canon lens, do you also recommend Tamron or Sigma lenses? I heard it's cheaper price wise. I'm fine with any brand as long it's the same specifications or performance.

There is absolutely, decisively, no reason to fear the Canon 18-200mm image stabilizer lens. One of those lens effortlessly generated these images.

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The images you get from any lens depend as much on your skill and ability as the price and the reputation of the glass.

Also, be aware that every lens ever released, even the expensive Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II (external link), has a fervent and committed detractor who will rush to forums to this to ensure the world knows about their unhappiness, Occasionaly the detractors have actually used the lens they dislike, but that's uncommon. If you believe the detractors you'll never buy a single lens because none of them are good enough.



  
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Feb 25, 2014 04:27 |  #22

For travelling, I found the EF S 15-85 brilliant in this regard. Very very few times I wished for wider than 15, and 85 was plenty at the long end. Fast accurate focus, and great image quality.




  
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Feb 25, 2014 11:20 |  #23

One lens to cover the majority of your needs: EF-S 15-85mm IS USM.

Not sure what you consider "affordable".... the 15-85mm is a $700 lens. Top image quality, good build, fast focus, helpful IS and a nice wide to moderate tele range of focal lengths... all in one lens.

Your stated subjects - "farms, open landscapes, small houses, rivers and spectacular sunsets... cities with skyscrapers" - all are just asking for something wider and really don't call for a telephoto. So I don't know why people are recommending 18-200mm lenses, except it's relatively cheap. 18-135 isn't any wider than what you now have, either.

The only thing the 15-85mm lacks is low light capabilities, so you might want to tuck another lens in your pocket. Depending upon whether you want a wider view or a tighter portrait lens or macro capabilities, you might choose might be a 24/2.8 IS, 28/1.8, 50/1.4, Tamron 60/2 macro/portrait or 85/1.8. For portraits the inexpensive 50/1.8 might be fine, but it's focus isn't good in low light situations. The Sigma 30/1.4 is another possibility, but it's comparatively large and heavy, and I've seen some reports it also struggles to focus in low light.

The f2.8 "walkaround" zooms are relatively large, heavy and expensive, plus all have a moderately narrow range of focal lengths, little different or less than your 18-55 offers now. f2.8 might be helpful for low light, but one of the smaller prime lenses will be one or two stops faster.


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Feb 25, 2014 14:09 |  #24

To Op.
You will need two lenses. One for normal use, one for low light.
I would suggest the 15-85 + 85 1.8 or 35 2.0 IS
I use my 15-85 for just about everything. When I need low light or some nice bokeh, I just pick the 50 1.8 or 100L.




  
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Feb 25, 2014 14:21 |  #25

I bought a Sigma 18mm- 250mm lens primarily for a vacation lens so I wasn't carrying several lens all the time and risk losing them to folks wanting my gear more than they thought I wanted it.


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Feb 25, 2014 16:07 |  #26

I agree with Alan amfoto1 - the OP is asking for a wide lens. I used the 18-55, the 18-200, the 17-70, and every time on my travels I took an ultrawide with me to complement one of these lenses. Getting the 15-85 resolved that - it is a beautiful lens in terms of construction quality, IQ, FL range, 4-stop IS, etc., and it became my main travel lens. I think I bought it for under $700 new a year ago. And still it is not good enough for night photography - a tripod and a long exposure are required. Next week I am going to Paris, with the 70D, the 15-85, a tripod, and maybe (still maybe) the 10-20.

I used to take a fast prime with me - Sigma 30 1.4, but with the 70D I can just bump up the ISO, so I do not need it for museums and churches any more. And for the nights even f 1.4 is not good enough anyway.


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Feb 25, 2014 17:36 |  #27

28-135 USM? buy it on here and its a very reasonable $ lens


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Feb 25, 2014 19:48 |  #28

madasax wrote in post #16717337 (external link)
28-135 USM? buy it on here and its a very reasonable $ lens

If we were talking about a two lens kit, I'd agree. 28-135 is a darned good walk-around lens, far better than most people give it credit for, and widely available used at bargain prices. But it's an old lens designed for film (i.e., full frame) and isn't at all wide on a crop camera. Paired up with a 10-22mm it makes for a really nice, two lens kit.

But OP wants a single walk-around lens, and we're already stretching it by suggesting a fast prime for low light shooting.


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Feb 26, 2014 14:55 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #29

28-135


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Feb 26, 2014 15:57 |  #30

yea i agree - i have a 10-20 and the 28-135


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