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yankees3791
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Dec 25, 2008 19:32 |  #1

Hi, I am looking for a new walkaround lens...I currently have a 28-105 USM f/3.5-4.5 II and like the lens a lot, but I find that it is not wide enough most of the time....I really do not want to spend more than $450...I was looking at the Canon 17-85mm USM IS f/4-5.6 and that looked attractive, but I'm not sure I love the results at 17mm...I want something with good performance for around $450


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Dec 25, 2008 19:35 |  #2

I bought the 17-85 last Feb, and recently purchased the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 last month (around $400.00 at B&H). I honestly wish I would have purchased the Tamron back in Feb. instead of the Canon 17-85. I do a lot of indoor shooting, and the constant F2.8 of the Tamron vs. the variable F4 - F5.6 of Canon is a definite advantage for the Tamron. The only thing the Canon does better is faster, more accurate AF (I'm now a firm believer in any Canon lenses I purchase in the future MUST be USM lenses).


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Dec 25, 2008 19:36 |  #3

ef-s 18-55 IS is a good and inexpensive alternative. Given a larger budget, Tamron 17-50/2.8 perhaps.


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Dec 25, 2008 19:37 |  #4

tempest68 wrote in post #6944944 (external link)
I bought the 17-85 last Feb, and recently purchased the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 last month (around $400.00 at B&H). I honestly wish I would have purchased the Tamron back in Feb. instead of the Canon 17-85. I do a lot of indoor shooting, and the constant F2.8 of the Tamron vs. the variable F4 - F5.6 of Canon is a definite advantage for the Tamron. The only thing the Canon does better is faster, more accurate AF (I'm now a firm believer in any Canon lenses I purchase in the future MUST be USM lenses).

Is the Tamron internal focusing?

EDIT: i found out it is


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Dec 25, 2008 19:37 |  #5

What about the Sigma 17-70, a little under your budget (never bad) but I have that lens and have been pretty satisfied with the results (problem is getting your hands on a good copy)

If you really wanted to stay under budget The new 18-55 IS lens seems to get some pretty good reviews for the price...



  
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Dec 25, 2008 19:39 |  #6

some have complained about the speed of the tamron 17-50 af...how slow is it?


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Dec 25, 2008 19:40 |  #7

Severechase wrote in post #6944951 (external link)
What about the Sigma 17-70, a little under your budget (never bad) but I have that lens and have been pretty satisfied with the results (problem is getting your hands on a good copy)

If you really wanted to stay under budget The new 18-55 IS lens seems to get some pretty good reviews for the price...

Thanks for the comment, but I'm not sure how well I would like the AF on the 17-70..I really want something with a fast AF


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Dec 25, 2008 19:48 |  #8

i am leaning towards the 17-85mm because of the focusing speed


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Dec 26, 2008 00:22 |  #9

yankees3791 wrote in post #6944975 (external link)
i am leaning towards the 17-85mm because of the focusing speed

The Canon 17-85 has a very fast USM autofocus, but the 17-7- is definitely fast enough for most purposes.

http://www.photozone.d​e …macro-test-report--review (external link)

The 17-70mm DC features a conventional AF micro motor so the AF operation is a little on the noisy side but thanks to an extremely short focus path (~45 degrees) the AF speed is very fast.


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Dec 26, 2008 06:49 |  #10

Take a look at the TOKINA arsenal... You might find something in their line.


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Dec 26, 2008 10:55 |  #11

Why not keep using the 28-105 if you like it a lot, and add an even wider lens? The Tokina 12-24/4 can often be found for about what you want to spend.


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Dec 26, 2008 12:02 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #12

I'm with amfoto1. I have a canon 10-22 and 24-105 and like this combination very much. The tokina 12-24 was almost as good as the canon (IMHO) and would compliment the lens you already have (and like) while providing great wide angle shots. However, if all you want is a single lens, given the choices available and your preferences, I would probably go with the 17-85.




  
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