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Canon 17-55/2.8IS out of my price range!

 
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Sep 27, 2009 11:53 |  #1

I have (2) 1.6x crop bodies....[XTi and 40D]

I'm selling my 400/5.6L that I used for backyard birding in the classifieds because my shooting desires have changed....

I want to start taking pics of my family, especially my 4 1/2 yr old daughter.... including indoor/outdoor portraits, candids, various activites, sports/action, etc...

I'll be purchasing.....

#1) 135/f2L....[216mm effective FL] and with 1.4x/TC....[302mm effective FL]

#2) I need your advice as the Canon 17-55/f2.8IS is out of my price range here
........However, IQ is important as well...

#3) Tokina 11-16 as my UWA

What other lenses should I look into whether primes or zooms to fill that void?

I prefer a fast lens as it will do double-duty as an indoor portrait lens of sorts and general walk-around too!

I'm only going to be...A Three-Lens Man.....LOL:D

Your ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated!!!

Aloha!


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Sep 27, 2009 11:56 |  #2

35mm f/2, 24mm f/2.8 and a 50mm f/1.8 would probably do the job nicely..and be a little less expensive.


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Sep 27, 2009 12:09 |  #3

Tamron 17-50 f2.8 is worth checking out. Many on this forum love this lens.
There is the new Canon 15-85 coming out that may be good but its still too early to tell yet, but its not really that fast of lens.




  
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Sep 27, 2009 12:10 |  #4

And the new VC version of the Tamron 17-50.


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Sep 27, 2009 12:10 |  #5

I'll second the Tammy 17-50 or their 28-75 2.8


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Sep 27, 2009 12:47 |  #6

Given what you're going to be shooting, you might want to consider the Tamron 28-75. I have this lens and find it an ideal focal range for family photography and portraits, better than the 17-50 range. It's a very sharp lens, focus isn't that quick in poor light, but it does a good job.


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Sep 27, 2009 12:49 |  #7

booju wrote in post #8718488 (external link)
I have (2) 1.6x crop bodies....[XTi and 40D]

I'm selling my 400/5.6L that I used for backyard birding in the classifieds because my shooting desires have changed....

I want to start taking pics of my family, especially my 4 1/2 yr old daughter.... including indoor/outdoor portraits, candids, various activites, sports/action, etc...

I'll be purchasing.....

#1) 135/f2L....[216mm effective FL] and with 1.4x/TC....[302mm effective FL]

#2) I need your advice as the Canon 17-55/f2.8IS is out of my price range here
........However, IQ is important as well...

#3) Tokina 11-16 as my UWA

What other lenses should I look into whether primes or zooms to fill that void?

I prefer a fast lens as it will do double-duty as an indoor portrait lens of sorts and general walk-around too!

I'm only going to be...A Three-Lens Man.....LOL:D

Your ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated!!!

Aloha!

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my second choice to the 17-55 IS would be the tamron 17-50.

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Sep 27, 2009 13:41 as a reply to  @ ed rader's post |  #8

Personally, I found the 17-50 to be way too short to be a general walk around lens. Trying to find something that doubles as a good indoor lens and a good walk around lens at a cheap price is almost impossible to do.


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Sep 27, 2009 14:04 |  #9

booju wrote in post #8718488 (external link)
I prefer a fast lens as it will do double-duty as an indoor portrait lens of sorts and general walk-around too!

Warning on the Tamrons everyones suggesting, the AF is pretty effing terrible in my experience tracking anything moving quicker than a slightly quick walk....and in my experience the AF is very spotty indoors...

So while its a fast lens with a fast aperture, the AF holds it back from actually being good in the situations i wanted it in :/

I'd recommend looking at the Canon 15-85, the USM focusing should be very brisk on it, Otherwise you may want to consider an older Canon 28-70 f/2.8 or saving for the 17-55 f/2.8 IS...


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Sep 27, 2009 15:40 |  #10

booju wrote in post #8718488 (external link)
I'll be purchasing.....

#1) 135/f2L....[216mm effective FL] and with 1.4x/TC....[302mm effective FL]

#2) I need your advice as the Canon 17-55/f2.8IS is out of my price range here
........However, IQ is important as well...
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The 17-55 is well worth the high price tag. Maybe you would be better off to get the 100/2 instead of the 135/2. Image quality is still excellent, focal length is similar, and speed is the same. The near $600 savings would be enough to get the Canon 17-55 instead of the Tamron 17-50.


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Sep 27, 2009 16:38 |  #11

I personally do not like using an ultra wide like the 11-16 on people shots. And the 17-55 is wide enough. It is always on my 50D unless I purposefully need a longer (not shorter) lens.




  
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Sep 27, 2009 17:41 |  #12

I appreciate evryone's input here....thank you so very much for your suggestions!!!!:D

Mark-B wrote in post #8719450 (external link)
The 17-55 is well worth the high price tag. Maybe you would be better off to get the 100/2 instead of the 135/2. Image quality is still excellent, focal length is similar, and speed is the same. The near $600 savings would be enough to get the Canon 17-55 instead of the Tamron 17-50.

Mark, your advice is very WISE and WORTH my consideration for my situation and particular shooting needs!

I'll purchase instead the 100/f2.....17-55/2.8 IS......Tokina 11-16mm

Thanks!:D;):D

ccookdo wrote in post #8719692 (external link)
I personally do not like using an ultra wide like the 11-16 on people shots. And the 17-55 is wide enough. It is always on my 50D unless I purposefully need a longer (not shorter) lens.

Yes....I forgot to mention initially the UWA Tokina 11-16mm will be used for my landscape shots...:D

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Sep 27, 2009 18:45 |  #13

booju wrote in post #8719961 (external link)
Yes....I forgot to mention initially the UWA Tokina 11-16mm will be used for my landscape shots...:D

Thanks!

For landscape you may want to consider getting the Sigma 10-20...

You dont really need f/2.8 for landscape, you need a tripod, and f/8-f/11 or less usually ;)

The Tokina is also pretty flare prone...in my experience, my Sigma does very well


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Sep 27, 2009 19:49 |  #14

I have a Tamron 17-50 and the AF has never given me problems. Very nice lens.


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Sep 27, 2009 19:59 |  #15

KenjiS wrote in post #8718995 (external link)
Warning on the Tamrons everyones suggesting, the AF is pretty effing terrible in my experience tracking anything moving quicker than a slightly quick walk....and in my experience the AF is very spotty indoors...

So while its a fast lens with a fast aperture, the AF holds it back from actually being good in the situations i wanted it in :/

I'd recommend looking at the Canon 15-85, the USM focusing should be very brisk on it, Otherwise you may want to consider an older Canon 28-70 f/2.8 or saving for the 17-55 f/2.8 IS...

I have to disagree with you on the Tamron. Tthe Af is slow compared to my other lens but is not that slow. While I won't use it for sports, I have used it for things like the kids playing and running in the yard, and for some rides at the fair. I've also used it a little for parades.

I've never had any problems using it wide open inside either. It's not the fastest but I found it to be very reliable.


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