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Jan 17, 2014 17:49 |  #1

Hi everyone, apologies if this topic has been done to death but a forum search didn't provide a good enough answer :confused:. I'm looking for an all-purpose zoom to be used for wedding and event photography on my 60D. Image stabilization is a must, constant f/2.8 would be nice but not essential. The cheaper the better, as I'm just out of college and still only working part time. I'd say my limit is about $600. In the past I've used the 17-40L (too slow, limited range, no IS) and Tamron 17-50 non-VC (too loud, no IS). The lenses I've been looking at are:

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 OS
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 OS
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS (used)
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS (used)

Do any of these stand out as a particularly good (or bad) choice? I'm a little leery of purchasing a used 17-55mm simply because they aren't nearly as rock-solid as an L lens and people tend to beat the crap out of them. I've had bad luck with Sigmas in the past but I understand they've gotten better recently.


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Jan 17, 2014 17:54 |  #2

I would say the 24-105. Its a nice zoom range, depending on the copy could be sharp as sharp, has IS. Big plus is it is an "L", means its tough and great optics. I love mine and I shoot everything. Its on my camera 95% of the time. Yes it is slow but for your low light issues you have your pancake!




  
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Jan 17, 2014 18:01 |  #3

You can also consider a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8


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Jan 17, 2014 18:39 |  #4

What about the tamron 17-50mm 2.8?


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Jan 17, 2014 18:41 |  #5

For low-light and event photography, I highly recommend the 17-55. The IS and 2.8 aperture are a winning combination. I used to own one and it was glued to my Canon 40D before I went full frame.

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Jan 17, 2014 18:41 |  #6

I've used the 24-105 f/4 for weddings and it can work very well. I would suggest a wide prime such as the 35 f/2 or better when you need it, and you will. My first wedding I was constantly aware of how much I was missing a prime in that focal length.


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Jan 17, 2014 18:59 |  #7

Of the ones you listed I'd go with the canon 17-55 or sigma 17-50. Both are very good, constant f2.8, and IS/OS. I'm a fan of the 17-70 but you may find the variable aperture limiting and slow on the long end. The 24-105 is both slow and I found it to not be wide enough on a crop camera.




  
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Jan 17, 2014 19:26 as a reply to  @ bigcountry's post |  #8

What about the tamron 17-50mm 2.8?

The VC version is a bit expensive new and I'm not sure I want to buy a used Tammy because the warranty will probably be void. Also, I don't think its as sharp as the non-VC and it doesn't offer full-time manual focus IIRC.

I've used the 24-105 f/4 for weddings and it can work very well. I would suggest a wide prime such as the 35 f/2 or better when you need it, and you will. My first wedding I was constantly aware of how much I was missing a prime in that focal length.

Thanks for the advice. I shot a relative's wedding (unpaid and they had a pro photog as well) with the 40mm f/2.8 and it worked fairly well, but I can see where having an extra stop or so would be useful. First priority is still getting a decent zoom lens though. Any thoughts on the Sigma 30mm f/1.4?

Of the ones you listed I'd go with the canon 17-55 or sigma 17-50

Other suggestions are certainly welcome! I mean a Brick is out of the question, but I'm sure I'm neglecting a few choices.


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Jan 17, 2014 19:37 |  #9

jt354 wrote in post #16614293 (external link)
Other suggestions are certainly welcome! I mean a Brick is out of the question, but I'm sure I'm neglecting a few choices.

The only other suggestion I'd have is above your budget, no IS/OS, and limited range (one of tr times you mentioned about the 17-40). The sigma 18-35mm f1.8.

One of the 17-5X lenses is going to probably be your best bet to keep you with-in your budget and feature wants.




  
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Jan 17, 2014 19:39 |  #10

I'll sell you my 28-80mm 2.8-4.0 L for around that price range. :D




  
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Jan 17, 2014 20:12 |  #11

Sigma 18-35/1.8 rocks it on crop.



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Jan 17, 2014 20:42 |  #12

I had the sigma 17-50 on crop and loved it. Sold it when I went ff.




  
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Jan 17, 2014 21:07 |  #13

Considering the OP has a 60D, I'm not sure if I'd recommend the 24-105L IF shooting is mostly done indoors under questionable lights. Outdoor events, weddings, no problem.

Having owned all those lenses and the 60D ( and some 13 other Canon bodies), I personally would probably recommend the Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS HSM, or maybe the Canon 17-55 2.8 IS.
60D plus indoor shooting I'd do with a 2.8 lens. IS/OS is good but weddings and events are dynamic environments there is a fair amount of subject movement, which the IS/OS will not stabilize. When I shoot events I usually use shutter speeds at least 1/60, unless the subjects are really "calm" :)

Also, there could be situations where 17mm vs 24mm on crop will make a big difference (group shots.) So that could be an issue too if space is tight.

I've done events with my 24-105L and 6D, and the 6D can handle it well due to its awesome low light performance (about 2 stops better than 60D). But on a 60D, I'd use a 2.8 standard zoom such as the Sigma or the Canon 17-55 IS. In the past I did own 2 copies of the 17-55 IS and one 17-50 OS, the Sigma was every bit as good as the Canon, minus 5mm on the long end.

So even though the extra reach is very appealing on the 24-105L, my vote goes with Sigma 17-50 or Canon 17-55 (just as a note, the IS motor broke on my first 17-55 IS)


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Jan 17, 2014 21:43 |  #14

jt354 wrote in post #16614091 (external link)
Hi everyone, apologies if this topic has been done to death but a forum search didn't provide a good enough answer :confused:. I'm looking for an all-purpose zoom to be used for wedding and event photography on my 60D. Image stabilization is a must, constant f/2.8 would be nice but not essential. The cheaper the better, as I'm just out of college and still only working part time. I'd say my limit is about $600. In the past I've used the 17-40L (too slow, limited range, no IS) and Tamron 17-50 non-VC (too loud, no IS). The lenses I've been looking at are:

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 OS
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 OS
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS (used)
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS (used)

Do any of these stand out as a particularly good (or bad) choice? I'm a little leery of purchasing a used 17-55mm simply because they aren't nearly as rock-solid as an L lens and people tend to beat the crap out of them. I've had bad luck with Sigmas in the past but I understand they've gotten better recently.

If the 17-40L is too slow, the 24-105L is no difference. I would go with the Canon 17-55mm.




  
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Jan 17, 2014 21:48 |  #15

One of the f2.8's, both the canon and sigma 17-50/55 are very good lenses. You might find the 24-105 doesn't go wide enough.


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