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May 06, 2009 02:23 |  #1

Hi everyone. I was wondering what you guys think is the best walk-around / general lens for an APS-C format? I just ordered the Canon 5D Mk II and will be giving away my 40D to my brother. His budget for a lens is < $500 and I haven't really done my research for non-L lenses. Thanks. Any help is appreciated.


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May 06, 2009 02:28 |  #2

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Canon 35mm f/2




  
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May 06, 2009 02:29 |  #3

sf_loft wrote in post #7866376 (external link)
Hi everyone. I was wondering what you guys think is the best walk-around / general lens for an APS-C format? I just ordered the Canon 5D Mk II and will be giving away my 40D to my brother. His budget for a lens is < $500 and I haven't really done my research for non-L lenses. Thanks. Any help is appreciated.

To me, that'd be the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8


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May 06, 2009 02:32 |  #4

I can vouch for the 17-70, definitely a great walk around lens: range, quality, value.


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May 06, 2009 03:25 |  #5

For a general purpose walk around lens the Sigma17-70 will give you a very good range, although it has a variable aperture. otherwise the canon 18-55is, Tamron 17-50/28-75 or Sigma 24-70 would be great options.


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May 06, 2009 03:54 |  #6

If f/2.8 is important, the Tamron 17-50; if IS is important, the 18-55 IS.




  
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May 06, 2009 04:00 as a reply to  @ xarqi's post |  #7

18-125 OS Maybe?

Just being a bit different

Would give an excellent range and image stabilization


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May 07, 2009 01:28 |  #8

Tamron 17-50mm f1.8 is optics and speed is more important than all around versatility.

Sigma 17-70 if you want more range and versatility but will sacrifice some more optics.

Sigma 18-125OS if you want even more versatility and OS for less optics.


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May 07, 2009 01:38 |  #9

How about the Canon 18-200 or the 55-250 for walkaround?


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May 07, 2009 01:43 |  #10

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8? Works good on my crop bodies. Fast, sharp and cheap. Fairly decent range. Kinda narrow on the wide end though. But works for what I shoot.


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May 07, 2009 01:46 |  #11

Tamron 17-50 2.8, Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 18-55 IS or Sigma 30 1.4


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May 07, 2009 01:48 |  #12

28-135 is usm? less than 500 new and about half that used.


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May 07, 2009 07:17 as a reply to  @ jasyn's post |  #13

Looking in this range myself and the one that never seems to get mentioned for a walk around lens is the Tamron 24-135.No it doesn't have IS,and its been around for ages.But its a great value and has a decent range.If you don't mind doing a little research(seems to be something I enjoy,hey any research jobs out there?) take a look at the reviews,there pretty darn good actually.


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May 07, 2009 08:19 |  #14

Canon 35/2. Inexpensive, small, light, sharp.


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May 07, 2009 10:08 |  #15

My Canon 28mm f/1.8 is arriving at the end of this month. Will tell you when I have a touch on it.


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