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Apr 15, 2011 17:06 |  #1

With the equipment I already have in my signature, I would love some suggestions as to what I should buy for my first zoom lens. Something that would complement my other lenses well. My budget is around $1000, but may be willing to go to $1500 if I have a good enough reason. Thanks guys :)


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Apr 15, 2011 17:26 |  #2

You don't say what you shoot, but I would still say pick up a 70-200 f/2.8. Non-IS fits your $1k budget, and IS Mk I fits your $1500 budget (both used).


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Apr 15, 2011 17:36 |  #3

Can't say much without knowing what you plan to shoot with it but if I were you, I would have definitely considered one of the 70-200's or the 100-400, the latter being my preference.


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Apr 15, 2011 17:39 |  #4

A 70-200 2.8


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Apr 15, 2011 17:45 |  #5

70-200 2.8 IS


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Apr 15, 2011 17:46 |  #6

What focal length are you looking to cover?


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Apr 15, 2011 17:49 |  #7

Oh, I suppose that would be important. I use the macro/ring flash to shoot dental photography and nature macro stuff. The 50mm to do Portraits and nature/sciency stuff. I do enjoy soccer photography on the side also, and the zoom lens would be wonderfully handy for that. Thanks for the replies so far!


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Apr 15, 2011 17:57 |  #8

EF-S 17-55/2.8 or EF-S 15-85.
If you want something longer: EF-S 55-250 IS, EF 70-300L, or EF 100-400L.

Or one from each list.




  
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Apr 15, 2011 18:03 |  #9

foxfirewisp wrote in post #12230057 (external link)
With the equipment I already have in my signature, I would love some suggestions as to what I should buy for my first zoom lens. Something that would complement my other lenses well. My budget is around $1000, but may be willing to go to $1500 if I have a good enough reason. Thanks guys :)

With your stated budget i would suggest the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS HSM, the Canon 85 F1.8, and the Canon 55-250 IS.

Regards whatever your decision, ;)


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Apr 15, 2011 19:32 |  #10

are you using "zoom" as in something with more reach? or 'zoom' as in an actual zoom lens...if you're looking for an actual zoom lens, I think the 70-200mm would be a little limiting as your only one...i'd go for one of the 17-5X f2.8 lenses instead


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Apr 15, 2011 21:37 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #11

Okay, I did a lot of research with the lenses that were recommended to me. The 70-200mm looks gigantic! I'm assuming this lens is very heavy and probably not a very comfortable walk around lens. That being said, it does looks like an amazing lens and something I may be interested in the future.

The 17-55 f/2.8 looks promising, I was also looking at the 24-105 f/4. I thought at first that since I had a decent low light lens with the 50mm f1.4, I should get the 24-105 for outdoor usage. But if I did make plans in the future to get the 70-200, would it make more sense to get the 17-55 to complement it?

Thank you so much for your replies, this equipment is so expensive it can be a little nervewracking when you aren't sure what to buy! Thank you for helping guide my lens research!


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Apr 15, 2011 22:07 |  #12

The 70-200 f4 IS is much lighter and smaller :)
I bought it partly for that reason after considering the 2.8 version, and the weight is perfect.
But I think you might want something wider as your widest is the 50mm at the moment... So I'll go and suggest a sigma 17-50 OS and a canon 85 1.8


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Apr 15, 2011 22:13 |  #13

I have a 17-85 USM IS and it's a great all around zoom lens.


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Apr 15, 2011 22:28 |  #14

foxfirewisp wrote in post #12231374 (external link)
But if I did make plans in the future to get the 70-200, would it make more sense to get the 17-55 to complement it?

Short answer - Yes, it would.

The 17-50/17-55 lens complement the 70-200 range very well.


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Apr 20, 2011 10:47 |  #15

Alright! I decided on the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens. I really appreciate everyones input.

I do have one question regarding this lens. Since I have a 7D body, I am aware that my 50mm lens acts like an 80mm lens because of the 1.6x crop. Since the 17-55mm lens is an "-S" lens, am I correct in saying that it should act like a 17-55mm lens on my 7D and not like a 27-88mm lens?


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