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Apr 11, 2011 13:30 |  #1

Hi all,

So I've got about $1200 to spend. Looking to get two lenses. I definitely want a wider angle lense for some landscapes (both natural and man made). For this I have been looking at the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. I would also like something with some range to it, for wildlife photos. For this, I have been considering the Tamron 18-270 f/3.5 - f/6.3 VC. I would prefer to have the VC on the wildlife lens because quite honestly I suck at holding a camera steady. VC or IS isn't as important to me on the landscape lens as I will be using a tripod for that.

My first priority is to get a landscape lens as I really want to focus on that this summer. If I spend most of my money on a nice one, I can wait until next year for the other lens. I do have the 55-250 to use for now, but would like to upgrade at some point. So I'm open to suggestions.

I appreciate any advice or suggestions. About lenses or even converters/filters to be used. Thanks in advance! :)




  
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Apr 11, 2011 13:36 |  #2

I bleieve in working your way up the ladder, so to speak. Anything worng with saving money for later and getting the 18-55 IS lens now? Next rung up is the Tamron 17-50/2.8 non-VC.


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Apr 11, 2011 13:46 |  #3

Thanks for the reply. I think I'd prefer to get something that I will be happy with for a longer period of time. I want to try and avoid having to go through this process again in the next year or two if I can help it.




  
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Apr 11, 2011 13:54 |  #4

Tokina 11-16, Canon 17-55 IS, Sigma 30, Canon 70-200 Variant.

You can substitute the 17-55 IS with the Tamron 17-50
You can substitute the Sigma 30 with the Nifty 50.
You can substitute the Canon 70-200 with the 55-250 IS or 70-300 IS.


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Apr 11, 2011 13:56 |  #5

I would skip on the 18-270. The 55-250 has better IQ.

The Tamron 17-50 non VC is a very affordable lens. I would give it high consideration. Ultra wide is nice, but you'll want something more in the "normal zoom" range.

Another option that is highly recommended would be the Canon 10-22.

But you can probably do the Tokina 11-16 and the Tamron 17-50 within your budget. However, I think the Tamron 17-50 is a great landscape lens.


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Apr 11, 2011 14:09 |  #6

for ~$1200 you can get canon 24-105L + tokina 12-24..
one great walkaround lens, one great wide angle.

why not?


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Apr 11, 2011 14:23 |  #7

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical (external link)
The distorsion could be easy solved during postwork.
The drawback is to be a manual lens but for landscape i don't think this is a real big problem.




  
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Apr 11, 2011 15:24 |  #8

Thanks for the suggestions. That 24-105 f/4L is nice. But I'm not sure it fits into what I need. I'm not really a walkaround type of pic taker. I like to go someplace with a specific target in mind, be it a building, bridge, field, etc. Obviously with the wildlife I walk around and look for what I can find. I looked through a bunch of the pics taken with the 24-105 and I didn't see any that really struck me as pics I'd take. I'm really just into landscapes and wildlife right now. And I have the 50mm f/1.8 if I want to take some pics of people. But I do appreciate all the input. Thank you.




  
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Apr 11, 2011 16:02 |  #9

Jason401 wrote in post #12200993 (external link)
Hi all,

So I've got about $1200 to spend. Looking to get two lenses. I definitely want a wider angle lense for some landscapes (both natural and man made). For this I have been looking at the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. I would also like something with some range to it, for wildlife photos. For this, I have been considering the Tamron 18-270 f/3.5 - f/6.3 VC. I would prefer to have the VC on the wildlife lens because quite honestly I suck at holding a camera steady. VC or IS isn't as important to me on the landscape lens as I will be using a tripod for that.

My first priority is to get a landscape lens as I really want to focus on that this summer. If I spend most of my money on a nice one, I can wait until next year for the other lens. I do have the 55-250 to use for now, but would like to upgrade at some point. So I'm open to suggestions.

I appreciate any advice or suggestions. About lenses or even converters/filters to be used. Thanks in advance! :)

I would get the Tokina 11-16 2.8 for the wide angle but save your money for the longer telephoto. Most of the 300mm zooms are not much better than the 55-250IS so your next telephoto may be the 100-400 or Sigma 150 - 500, etc.




  
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Apr 12, 2011 01:45 |  #10

Stick to the 55-250 for now, it got IS, range, and quality.
Add 11-16 and Tamron 17-50 to your kit for the $1200
now you got the whole range covered and also wide aperture f2.8 at the lower end range.
(I don't miss the nifty aperture f1.8 while mounting the tamron 17-50 f2.8 plus the tammy has a very high quality bokeh)
later, upgrade the 55-250 to one of the 70-200 lenses


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Apr 12, 2011 02:41 |  #11

OK - just to be meddlesome:
TS-E 45/2.8

Edit:
Huh? - You don't have an 18-55 IS???
Get one of those too.




  
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