I am looking to buy three lenses..
A carry around lens..A mid range zoom, and a telephoto. I would like quality lenses, but I am not a millionaire and dont want to spend 3k each.
What is the difference between the
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF]
Would they both be good, high quality, carry around lenses? Would I be able to do panoramic photos with them? And with these, is there any need for the Nifty Fifty?
Also, how practical would a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens be for mid range shots?
For the long distance, I was planning on going with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS.
First, let me state up front that I'm a Cheap Bastard. When I bought my first DSLR a year ago, I wanted to be as economical as possible and still meet my photographic requirements. I wanted to shoot wildlife and action. I chose the 40D, which at the time was the best camera bargain on the market (with 17-85mm kit lens, the price was CAD$1180). The durable magnesium alloy body, the fabulous grip, the 6.5 fps shooting speed, the large bright pentaprism viewfinder, and the 9 cross-type AF points sold me.
For a telephoto zoom, I chose the 70-300mm over the 70-200mm f/4L. Why? Because I wanted the longer reach (300mm) and the Image Stabilization. Sure, the 70-200mm has much better optical quality, but the 70-300mm is no slouch and it's good enough for me. With this lens, I can effectively shoot at nearly 500mm range.
I used this setup to shoot an airshow and let me tell you, the 6.5 fps really saved me! And I'm happy with the IQ of the 70-300mm.
The 17-85mm kit lens is perfectly adequate as a walkaround lens. I added a 10-22mm ultra wide angle for architectural shots and a 100mm macro lens, again for close-ups of wildlife. Note that they're all Canon lenses for maximum compatibility -- not that Tamron is bad, but I prefer to stick with Canon.
I recently purchased a 50mm f/1.8 and a SELPHY ES1 portable photo printer, just so I could get a free 70-200mm travel mug! I didn't really need the 50mm but it's nice to have an ultra-sharp lens for available light shooting on occasion.
As a Cheap Bastard, this is as much as I care to spend on my photographic hobby.
I guess what I'm saying is, I recommend the 40D/50D with 70-300mm. For those who don't want to overspend on their hobby...