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Looking for a good Walkaround lens

 
hy0ii
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May 20, 2008 19:49 |  #1

Hello everyone,

This will be my first SLR camera, I just recently purchased a XTi body and am looking for a lens to go with it.

I have been told about the 28-105, 28-135 IS, 17-85 and Sigma 10-20mm. I'm a big fan of the wide angle and was also thinking about just getting a regular 18-55 kit lens and instead spend money on a good wide.

Im going to england this year with some friends and would like to grab some nice shots of the usual tourist attractions such as the Eye and Tower. lol I think my budget maxes out at 400-500ish. and I would just like to know your opinions on lenses at this range. I also plan on keeping this lens and not trading it off anytime soon since i am an incoming college student.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing responses from each and everyone of you.


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May 20, 2008 20:14 |  #2

I like the 28-105, and I think a good combination would the Sigma 10-20mm, and the 28-105, but that might be a bit too much for your budget.




  
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May 20, 2008 20:18 |  #3

I'm a giant fan of my Sigma 18-200 OS. It's a fantastic walkaround lens. Not too heavy, good range, Optical Stabilization and good IQ.


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May 20, 2008 20:31 |  #4

I've also been lookin for a nice walkaround lense and in a perfect world I would be able to afford a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM but since I can't i've fallen towards the Sigma 18-200 OS or the sigma 24-70.


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May 20, 2008 21:06 |  #5

i dont really know the potential of any lens. so all i have to go on is your words. heh


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May 21, 2008 10:09 |  #6

hy0ii wrote in post #5564581 (external link)
i dont really know the potential of any lens. so all i have to go on is your words. heh

Hi. The Canon 28-105 (f3.5) version is a quality lens and I use it for my walkabout lens. It gets plenty of use as it's range is good. As I live in London I can assure you that shots of the London eye are perfectly assessable with this lens. London isn't as big as many people believe... that is everything is fairly close but the city is spread out over a large area. For example a view across the River Thames is no great distance. And architectural shots of some of our buildings, well you will find it difficult moving too far back from the building.

Westminster Abbey can be viewed from many vantage points (particularly the bridge) and you can get right up close for that dramatic shot up 'Big Bens' tower. If you get a chance book a 'Duck bus' ride.(I kid you not). Its an amphibious boat that drives around London then out on to the Thames. Great for shots on the Thames of Westminster Abbey etc. The Tower of London is a difficult one though....as lots to shoot at ground level and you can use up a memory card here alone. A lot of places don't allow Flash.... so watch out unless you want to be locked up in the Tower.

London is a great city, one of the oldest for sure. You will probably run out of Memory cards long before it is time for you to go home. The lens I mentioned is definitely suitable for the city or the more expensive Canon 28-135 IS is also ideal. They both come with petal shape lens hoods. I would suggest some filters though. Perhaps the P series for some grads as the light in London is exceptional.

Either will suit you well as will many suggested here on this Post. If at all possible have a look at them and try them if possible at your local store.

PS Go to the British Museum.

In the mean time enjoy London.

All the best.
:lol:Reaperman




  
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May 21, 2008 22:34 as a reply to  @ Reaperman's post |  #7

Thank you Reaperman for the well written response. I will take your thoughts into much consideration. I think i've got to make a list of things to visit while Im over there. =)


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May 21, 2008 23:55 |  #8

i love my canon 28-135 IS !!!
highly recommend


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May 22, 2008 02:50 |  #9

Hyoii, you should look into the Sigma 17-70 lens. This lens is really impressive for its overall IQ and light weight. It will provide you with a wide angle and decent reach all in one.

Off topic but please consider buying an external flash like the 430EX if you haven't already done so. This makes a huge difference in image quality especially indoors (main or fill light). Your lenses will thank you for it.


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