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Advice- Best all over lens?

 
Cmonster
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Mar 13, 2010 20:19 |  #1

Greetings everyone,
I am looking for a great all over lens for my Canon 40 D that I will be acquiring very soon!
For sure I will be getting the 50mm lens, but I want a really nice lens that will give me the flexibility to do portraits and also do landscapes and such.
What do you recommend?? I keep hearing the 24-70, what else would be worth looking into?
Thanks :)


Canon 40D- Canon 24-105L, 50mm 1.4

  
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Mar 13, 2010 20:22 |  #2

For the 40d... 17-55 f/2.8 IS


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Mar 13, 2010 20:24 |  #3

i'd suggest the new ef-s 15-85
covers you for decent wide and short tele without compromising too much on image quality.


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Lenses: 50 f/1.2L | 85 f/1.2L II | 100 f/2.8L IS Macro | 17-40 f/4.0L | 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
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Mar 13, 2010 20:27 |  #4

I'd also get the 17-55 F/2.8 IS. It's extremely versatile, and is very nice optically.

The 24-70 F/2.8 is also an excellent lens, but I believe that it will be to long on your crop camera for serious landscape work.


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Mar 13, 2010 20:59 |  #5

Can someone please compare/contrast the 24-70 to the 17-55... Thanks :)


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Mar 13, 2010 21:16 |  #6

The 24-70 is an EF lens which means your focal length will be ~38mm-112. I'm going to second what Ipj8 said - If you want to be able to do landscapes you will appreciate the wider angle of the 17-55.


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Mar 13, 2010 21:18 |  #7

The Sigma 18-50 2.8 Macro or Tamron 17-50 2.8. :D


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Mar 13, 2010 21:51 as a reply to  @ whitehawk's post |  #8

Cmonster wrote in post #9791528 (external link)
Can someone please compare/contrast the 24-70 to the 17-55... Thanks

You can look through here:

Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 & VC version: $460 (VC = $625)

Sigma 18-50 f/2.8: $419

Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L: $1,250

Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 Macro: $570

Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS: $1,060

Canon 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS: $720

Of the above, personally I would buy the Tamron 17-50....spending $1000 on a lens in the 17-70 range seems dumb to me...but I suppose it depends on your shooting style.;)


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Mar 13, 2010 21:58 as a reply to  @ MG30D's post |  #9

Highly recommend the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 Macro OS HSM... $450


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Mar 13, 2010 22:01 |  #10

The 17-55 may be the best lens I ever owned. Mine was awesome.

With that said, there isn't such a thing as a great lens for landscapes AND portraits. Landscapes are shot very wide (or require the flexibility to do so). Portraits look best with the compression that a longer lens offers (mostly, but not always.)

About the closest you will get to a "do everything" lens is the 18-200. I know guys who shoot weddings with the thing (and do it well.) And you can pick it up cheap as a canon refurb.


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Mar 13, 2010 22:14 |  #11

17-55 f/2.8 IS


Gear: Canon XSi, Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS USM, Canon 85 f1.8 USM, Canon EF-S 55-250 f4-5.6, Canon 70-200 f4L IS USM
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Mar 13, 2010 23:29 |  #12

mattograph wrote in post #9791838 (external link)
.....With that said, there isn't such a thing as a great lens for landscapes AND portraits. Landscapes are shot very wide (or require the flexibility to do so). Portraits look best with the compression that a longer lens offers (mostly, but not always.)

About the closest you will get to a "do everything" lens is the 18-200. I know guys who shoot weddings with the thing (and do it well.) And you can pick it up cheap as a canon refurb.

That's true, but I don't necessarily think the 18-200 is worth the money, plus 50mm is long enough on a 40D, i.e. the 85L is popular on FF cameras.

But you can shoot both landscapes and portraits with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, see the links below:

https://photography-on-the.net …?p=9643749&post​count=1794

https://photography-on-the.net …?p=9143618&post​count=1563

https://photography-on-the.net …?p=8906008&post​count=1504

https://photography-on-the.net …?p=8403945&post​count=1366

https://photography-on-the.net …?p=7856189&post​count=1187

I personally have the Sigma 50 f/1.4 and Canon 28 f/1.8 for portraits and the Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 for landscapes.

Next on my list is either the tokina 50-135 f/2.8, Sigma 50-150 f/2.8, or the new Sigma 70-200 f/2.8.

But then again if the new Sigma 8-16 turns out to be great I may sale my 10-20 for it, and pick up a Tamron 17-50 as well....but that may be redundant with the two primes...which I will NOT sale.;)


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Mar 14, 2010 04:49 |  #13

The very best standard zoom for APS-C cameras is the 17-55 f/2.8 IS. It covers wide to moderate telephoto, so it's useful for most types of portraiture. If you don't need the f/2.8, the 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS is just as good (if not better), and covers the most-used wide FLs (15-22mm) and the most used portrait FLs (50-85mm).

The 24-70, on APS-C, is a short telephoto zoom, which is a less useful general-purpose range.

Landscapes are done with all focal lengths, not just wides.

whitehawk wrote in post #9791604 (external link)
The 24-70 is an EF lens which means your focal length will be ~38mm-112. I'm going to second what Ipj8 said - If you want to be able to do landscapes you will appreciate the wider angle of the 17-55.

Focal length does not change, and it's pointless spouting 35mm equivalents when the vast majority of current photographers aren't familiar with 35mm in the first place.




  
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Mar 14, 2010 04:57 as a reply to  @ toxic's post |  #14

whitehawk wrote in post #9791604 (external link)
The 24-70 is an EF lens which means your focal length will be ~38mm-112.

This is wrong for at least two reasons. Even if focal length did change with crop factor, which it does not, the type of mount, EF vs EF-S, would be irrelevant.

May I direct your attention to the crop factor sticky:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=45388




  
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Mar 14, 2010 05:06 |  #15

I just think he forgot to put "Equivalent" Focal Length....


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