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Jan 21, 2012 21:17 |  #1

Having recently upgraded my main body, my intention is to de-grip my 450d, and add zoom to it for a light vacation camera rig. I'm not a big zoom guy - mostly primes. I have the Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5 - which came with the camera when I bought it (used). Seems a nice enough lens - I scarcely use it though, as I am quite attached to fast lenses for available light. I've heard good things about the 55-250 - certainly more reach (one of my concerns), but not sure it is wide enough.

Any personal favorites I should look at? I'm probably not talking l-class glass here for a knockabout lens.

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Jan 21, 2012 21:51 |  #2

jbrand wrote in post #13745667 (external link)
Having recently upgraded my main body, my intention is to de-grip my 450d, and add zoom to it for a light vacation camera rig. I'm not a big zoom guy - mostly primes. I have the Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5 - which came with the camera when I bought it (used). Seems a nice enough lens - I scarcely use it though, as I am quite attached to fast lenses for available light. I've heard good things about the 55-250 - certainly more reach (one of my concerns), but not sure it is wide enough.

Any personal favorites I should look at? I'm probably not talking l-class glass here for a knockabout lens.

Jim

don't let that stop you. there's no rectilinear lens you own that's "wide enough" imo :D.

for the rebel body i'd the tamron 17-50. small. f2.8. stabilized.

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Jan 22, 2012 00:03 |  #3

Do you want more telephoto? Or wide to telephoto? If you prefer the telephoto end, the 55-250 would be good. If you want to cover wide, maybe look at the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 OS HSM. At least it is f/2.8 at the wide end and f/4 on the long end makes it a better choice than the Canon 15-85 or 17-85 which are f/5.6 on the long end.

Or consider a two prime "kit": I've considered picking up the Canon 28mm f/1.8 to compliment the Canon 85mm f/1.8. The lenses are small enough that you wouldn't feel like you're toting a ton of gear and you have faster lenses than carrying a single zoom. The downside is needing to switch lenses or needing to crop an image shot with the 28mm if it's too short and the 85mm is too long.

If you want as physically small as possible and don't mind a manual focus lens, look into the Voigtlander 40mm f/2. I've been having fun with mine on my 50D. They also have a 20mm f/3.5 lens that's just as small (both are "pancake" lenses).


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Jan 22, 2012 02:31 |  #4

jbrand wrote in post #13745667 (external link)
Having recently upgraded my main body, my intention is to de-grip my 450d, and add zoom to it for a light vacation camera rig. I'm not a big zoom guy - mostly primes. I have the Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5 - which came with the camera when I bought it (used). Seems a nice enough lens - I scarcely use it though, as I am quite attached to fast lenses for available light. I've heard good things about the 55-250 - certainly more reach (one of my concerns), but not sure it is wide enough.
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Any personal favorites I should look at? I'm probably not talking l-class glass here for a knockabout lens.

Jim

I agree with the post above about the tamron 17-50mm.
Good lens, unless u wanna shell out a few more for a 17-55mm canon


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