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Jan 09, 2012 08:27 |  #1

i have run into some money (dont you love when that happens?) and am looking at two lenses.

firstly, i have a t3i with the 18-55 kit lense, and a 50 f1.8. i do a lot of indoor photography, but in the summer i like to go to the zoo and parks with my wife and son, mainly that's why i am looking at a zoom. the two lenses im looking at are...


sigma 17-50 F2.8~ this lense has much better IQ than the canon kit lense i have right now. it's much more useful to me than the lense i have. the benefit of buying this lense, is the ability to replace and sell the kit lense. cost is 669

canon 70-200 F4L~ this is a really sharp zoom. i could keep my 18-55 and have a mediocre walk-around lense, and a very nice zoom. bh is having a sale on it for 599 with no IS. this is the version im looking at. the non-is version. i have a tripod, and a 430ex flash unit. not only is this an L lense, and therefore people will look at me with admiration for my super expensive taste, it's also a range that i dont have currently. if i added this, i'd go to 3 lenses.


thoughts? price range is under 700...any other suggestions?




  
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Jan 09, 2012 08:40 |  #2

I would consider looking into a Tamron 17-50 (non-is), very good lens for the money, you'll get much better quality than your standard kit lens and you'll be faster as well.
Then you could probably also have enough money left over to get a 55-250 lens, which for the 200 bucks is a steal thus being dubbed the nifty-two fifty. Image quality for this lens is surprisingly good, of course not on par with the L lens, but for a couple of bucks it's a great option...Plus it give you IS as well. Just a thought

Me personally I would go with the L lens, but if someone told me I could upgrade my walk around lens AND get a good zoom, I would take it. In fact, this combo is pretty much how I started


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Jan 09, 2012 09:08 |  #3

70-200 f4 is a very good thing to spend your money on.




  
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Jan 09, 2012 09:10 |  #4

While the 17-50 is a great lens, it doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of zoom (heck, it's shorter than your kit lens). If you're specifically looking for something to get you closer in a situation like a zoo (outdoors, tending to be at least decently lit, and you're looking for high quality zoom within your budget), then the 70-200 F/4L is probably the ideal choice of the two.


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Jan 09, 2012 09:17 |  #5

I'm another 70-200 fan. Even though it's not my main lens, I don't think I could ever part ways with mine unless I bumped up the 2.8 IS II.


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Jan 09, 2012 09:22 |  #6

Do you have the 18-55 or the 18-55 IS?
The second one is supposedly a very nice lens, and a good complement to the 70-200/4.

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Jan 09, 2012 09:34 |  #7

TheBigDog wrote in post #13672852 (external link)
I would consider looking into a Tamron 17-50 (non-is), very good lens for the money, you'll get much better quality than your standard kit lens and you'll be faster as well.
Then you could probably also have enough money left over to get a 55-250 lens...

I agree with TheBigDog. This is a great low cost option. I used both the Tamron 17-50 and Canon 55-250 option for quite a few years before I felt the need to upgrade.


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Jan 09, 2012 09:40 |  #8

Both are good lenses, but you are asking us to choose between 2 lenses of differing focal lengths. Thats akin to asking us what you want for dinner tonight. Pick the one thats more useful to you.




  
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Jan 09, 2012 10:47 |  #9

gonzogolf wrote in post #13673110 (external link)
Both are good lenses, but you are asking us to choose between 2 lenses of differing focal lengths. Thats akin to asking us what you want for dinner tonight. Pick the one thats more useful to you.

+1. Do you need a long focal zoom or not ? Or a short zoom covering landscape / portrait lens ? Different categories, different lenses. Your question is like : should I drink coffee or whisky ? ( of course, the answer is "both" but not at the same time :lol: )

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Jan 09, 2012 11:46 |  #10

Not really, because as one poster pointed out, i could get 2 lenses to cover those focal lengths and still upgrade my kit lense.

I have the 18-55 is. Its DECENT, but ive been spoiled by the 50 1.8. Sharpness and CA are in other leagues.

The tamron i have heard is very soft wide open...any experience with that?

Im leaning towards the 70-200. Any info on the non IS as opposed to the IS version? Is the non is going to be usable on overcast days?




  
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Jan 09, 2012 12:19 |  #11

You'll be fine on overcast days with the 4.0. There's a lot more light than most would expect.
IS does come in handy when shooting at the longer lengths, for still shots that is. If you plan on shooting a lot of action, the non-IS would be fine.


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Jan 09, 2012 12:35 as a reply to  @ 3Rotor's post |  #12

70-200 non is it is then. Thanks for the responses!




  
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Jan 09, 2012 12:42 |  #13

t3ichef wrote in post #13673783 (external link)
but ive been spoiled by the 50 1.8

When your 70-200 f/4 arrives, it will fix that.


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Jan 09, 2012 12:50 |  #14

absplastic wrote in post #13674064 (external link)
When your 70-200 f/4 arrives, it will fix that.

until he realizes he needs IS on telephotos and wants a longer focal length for wildlife!




  
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Jan 09, 2012 12:55 |  #15

Have and love the 70-200 f/4. Some of my best photos come from that lens.
I'm personally looking at the 24-70 L lens. I think that's my next baby.


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