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Apr 03, 2010 06:17 |  #1

I have a 5DII and a 5D. I use a 24-105L on the mkII body quite a lot and I like it . Now.. I was thinking of getting another 'standard' zoom for use on the 5D body when I might want to loan it out etc. I want a good lens but another L lens is a bit expensive so I wanted to get your opinions on what the best non-L zoom in the range 24/28-70/80/85/105 is. So, I'm thinking of the original 28-80(?), 24-85, 28-105, etc. What do you think?

(An early L lens would not be excluded if they were available at a good price)
(Sorry if this has been done to death already, but I can find loads on individual lenses but not a 'bottom line' kind of evaluation.)


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Apr 03, 2010 06:40 |  #2

The 28-105 II is an excellent choice for cheap and useful. The real deal is whether you are seeking something is a larger aperture. If you are thinking "sharp and cheap" there is no other choice but a prime, like the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8. You'd be surprised how useful it is to have a second shooter with a prime. I do that with my sons a lot. Yesterday we shot together and one had my 7D with 70-200 2.8 IS and the other had the 17-40 on the 40D. I got all sorts of interesting perspectives and it was more useful to me than a repeat of the lens I had (24-70).


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Apr 03, 2010 08:04 |  #3

I sold my 24-105L and bought the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. It makes for a much smaller package with the 5D and gives me a stop more light. Sharpness & color is equal to the L glass. Well, at f/2.8, the corners are soft, but if you remember that and stop down for critical stuff you're in good shape.

The downfall of the Tamron is focus accuracy & speed (it is NOT a sports lens). Sometimes, it hunts in low light on both my 5D and 1D Mk IIn. I've used it for a wedding and the lens was just fine.

Price new was about $400. Quite a bit less than the L alternatives. You can get them used for a tad over $300.


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Apr 03, 2010 08:09 |  #4

jrfoto wrote in post #9924453 (external link)
I have a 5DII and a 5D. I use a 24-105L on the mkII body quite a lot and I like it . Now.. I was thinking of getting another 'standard' zoom for use on the 5D body when I might want to loan it out etc. I want a good lens but another L lens is a bit expensive so I wanted to get your opinions on what the best non-L zoom in the range 24/28-70/80/85/105 is. So, I'm thinking of the original 28-80(?), 24-85, 28-105, etc. What do you think?

Forget the zoom. Just equip it with a 50mm f/1.4 lens like all the film SLRs used to be supplied with in the "olden days". That is a very versatile focal length for the standard 35mm film format (which, of course, your 5Ds have).


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Apr 03, 2010 08:17 |  #5

Take a look at the 28-135 lens. There are always a bunch of them for sale around $225, and usually less. Its a decent lens and while not quite as good as the 24-105, its still decent.

Comparison between the two lenses. Luminous Landscape (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/​lenses/24vs28.shtml (external link))




  
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Apr 03, 2010 08:29 |  #6

Used 28-135 can be had for peanuts as Canon kitted them with the 40D, 50D etc for so long.

The 28-105 1:3.5-4.5 is another good choice.


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Apr 03, 2010 08:48 |  #7

+1 for the 28-135. I have one that I keep as back-up in case my primary zoom ever gives up on me because it's light and it's IQ is very close to L quality.

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Apr 03, 2010 08:56 as a reply to  @ vandenwauver's post |  #8

Another +1 for the excellent 28-135 IS. Purchased with the 40D, 50D or 7D, owners paid an extra $200 to get it yet it retails for over $400. I have seen it sell used mint for under $200 though most kit owners sell it mint for about $275. Excellent optics, light and has IS.




  
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Apr 03, 2010 12:29 |  #9

I would probably go 28-135mm or you could go all the way to a Tamron 28-300 for an all-in-one take everywhere kinda zoom.

Although, I gotta be honest, if you just want a cheap loaner kit, I would sell the 5D and just grab a used crop body with a 18-55 IS or similar. No need for FF is there?


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Apr 03, 2010 14:39 |  #10

JeffreyG wrote in post #9924820 (external link)
Used 28-135 can be had for peanuts as Canon kitted them with the 40D, 50D etc for so long.

The 28-105 1:3.5-4.5 is another good choice.

the tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 is better than the canon ef 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS usm, which is then better than the canon ef 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 usm.


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Apr 03, 2010 14:44 |  #11

Canon 28-105 II and 24-85 - I tested both, the 24-85 was better for most of the range. The 28-105 took over at the telephoto end (sharper at 105mm than 24-85 at 85mm). Ring USM, FTM, effective f/4 lenses, compact. Problem with the 24-85 is the odd filter size, 67mm? Its bokeh is smoother, though.

Canon 28-135 IS, if you'd prefer trading speed for IS.

Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, but no USM/FTM




  
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Apr 03, 2010 14:51 |  #12

I have a Canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 II USM that I put on the camera for my daughter to use or when I loan my 20D out. It's a very good lens for the money.


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Apr 03, 2010 14:55 |  #13

My vote is for the 28-135 IS. I think its a very underrated lens, and gets a lot of flack bc its seen as a "kit lens" therefore it must be bad. It's IQ is pretty nice, its decently fast aperture-wise on the wide end, it has fast and silent USM with full time manual, and IS. Not a bad package for so cheap. I actually miss mine sometimes when I don't need a fast lens, and I'd like a lighter package... I sold it to help fund a 24-70L.


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Apr 03, 2010 15:32 |  #14

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Apr 03, 2010 17:43 as a reply to  @ HKGuns's post |  #15

Thanks all for your comments. The 28-135 IS seems to get the nod, with the 28-105 and 24-85 also thought to be decent.

tkbslc - you're right if it was just as a loaner, but I want it as a backup to my 5DII as well. Also I just don't like to part with it - it's still a great camera even if the mkII is greater. :-)


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