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Aug 29, 2009 20:33 |  #1

I'm on a budget and I'm looking for a new lens. I currently have the kit lens that came with the T1i and I've had a fair amount of experience shooting with the 28-135mm.

For the money is seems like the 28-135mm lens is a great choice, but I found myself feeling cramped while shooting indoors.

I'm debating between the 28-135mm, 17-85mm, or the 18-200mm lenses.

I want a good all around lens. I shoot everything from portraits, to landscapes and structures, and indoor and outdoor settings. I feel like I'm leaning towards the 18-200mm lens because I can cover the widest range.

What do you guys recommend or is there another lens you would recommend over the above while staying within a reasonable budget? Thanks!


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Aug 29, 2009 20:35 |  #2

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II ED =)
or you can consider old school Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 (which goes for around 560 new... 350 used)


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Aug 29, 2009 20:42 |  #3

I second the Tamron 17-50, great lens


40D, 17-55IS, 70-200 f4 IS, 430ex, 580exII

  
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Aug 29, 2009 20:47 |  #4

used lenses in mint conditions. Look em up on craigslist
- a used 70-200 4L. (~450)
- 200mm 2.8L ~500
-135mm 2.0L ~ 500
-17-40 4L ~ 520


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Aug 29, 2009 20:49 |  #5

Excuse my ignorance, but I don't know much about the different brands. haha

Is Tamron a pretty solid brand in terms of build quality? I'm sure you guys wouldn't recommend it if it wasn't but just thought I'd ask.


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Aug 29, 2009 20:56 |  #6

no Tamron - Canon L lenses. that's it. ;)


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Aug 29, 2009 21:18 |  #7

I'd go with Tamron after Canon.
Canon L is really the best but Tamron lenses does just about the same but cheaper but a little tradeoff with AF speed.


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Aug 29, 2009 21:23 |  #8

The Flying Turtle wrote in post #8546718 (external link)
I second the Tamron 17-50, great lens

+3:D

LOVE MY TAMRON!


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Aug 29, 2009 22:48 as a reply to  @ David83's post |  #9

I'll also recommend the Tamron 17-50. In terms of image quality it will beat your three original choices to death.
For around $350 used or $400 new it's very hard to beat.




  
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Aug 29, 2009 22:59 |  #10

korrektor wrote in post #8546743 (external link)
used lenses in mint conditions. Look em up on craigslist
- a used 70-200 4L. (~450)
- 200mm 2.8L ~500
-135mm 2.0L ~ 500
-17-40 4L ~ 520

Ill pay you a finders fee if you can get me a 135f2 for 500 bucks


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Aug 29, 2009 23:42 |  #11

mikeassk wrote in post #8547401 (external link)
Ill pay you a finders fee if you can get me a 135f2 for 500 bucks


my bad... totally thought it was cheaper. oh well. they are around 900.


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Aug 30, 2009 00:32 |  #12

It sounds like the Tamron would be a great way to go for indoor shooting but I'm a little worried that the 17-50mm won't give me enough range when I'm shooting outdoors.

Thoughts?


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Aug 30, 2009 00:38 |  #13

I wish I only paid $500 for my 135L


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Aug 30, 2009 04:09 |  #14
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mikeassk wrote in post #8547401 (external link)
Ill pay you a finders fee if you can get me a 135f2 for 500 bucks


hha I was gonna say the same thing.




  
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Aug 30, 2009 04:15 |  #15

I assume the lens you got with your T1i was the 18-55 IS.
I'd suggest that you keep working with that, and with the $600 you were going to spend buy:
EF-S 55-250 IS
430 EX II flash
EF 50/1.8




  
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