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Dec 01, 2009 09:10 |  #1

I was just wondering if you think this is a good walk around lens and if it is sharp like the nifty fifty. I have a T1i coming and was thinking about this lens for my Christmas present. I have the 24-70 but I seem to miss some shots using it. Or do you think I should get a tamron 75-300?




  
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Dec 01, 2009 10:10 |  #2

Yes, the 55-250 IS lens is well worth getting.


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Dec 01, 2009 10:11 |  #3

I would rather a 70-200


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Dec 01, 2009 10:11 |  #4

It's a good lens with a very useful range. I've used mine a lot. The IS is great - very useful on a lens of this length.


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Dec 01, 2009 10:22 as a reply to  @ ceegee's post |  #5

I think it's price, range, and the IS make it a very nice lens. Is it better than the more expensive lenses? No. But it is a very good lens and goes well with the 18-55 IS for a light walk around 2 lens kit.


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Dec 01, 2009 10:38 |  #6

Thanks everyone!!! I am going to check out the 70-200 too.




  
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Dec 01, 2009 10:40 as a reply to  @ ceegee's post |  #7

It's a nice telephoto lens for the money - I have one and have some great shots using it. I don't know what you shoot but because of the focal length I don't think of it as a single walkabout lens. It's several stops slower, and not as razor sharp as the nifty fifty, but then you'd pay $$$ for one is in the 55 -250 range.


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Dec 01, 2009 11:21 |  #8

I mainly just shoot my kids and at family gatherings, I do a little studio work for the people in the neighborhood. I had heard it was razor sharp like the nifty fifty and was just wondering if it really was.




  
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Dec 01, 2009 11:41 |  #9

I have not seen enough photo proof to argue that is anywhere close to the image clarity of the 50mm


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Dec 01, 2009 12:31 |  #10

doublehmom wrote in post #9114508 (external link)
I mainly just shoot my kids and at family gatherings, I do a little studio work for the people in the neighborhood. I had heard it was razor sharp like the nifty fifty and was just wondering if it really was.

maybe not "nifty fifty" sharp but for a telephoto zoom it's sharp




  
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Dec 01, 2009 12:47 |  #11

it's not as sharp as a prime--duh. :) However, imho, it's sharper at f4 at 55mm than the 18-55mm IS is at 55mm. By a good bit. My copy happens to be *razor* sharp at 55mm and I do indeed think it's as good as my 50mm f1.8 is at f2.8 or f3.5. Once stopped down to f/8 the prime is sharper, as you'd expect.


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Dec 01, 2009 12:47 |  #12

I am happy I got one, like mentioned before it compliments the kit lens very nicely and the images are pretty dam sharp with it...for $250 I think it's a no brainer


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Dec 01, 2009 15:51 |  #13

Okay, another question, what is the best portrait lens, that is tack sharp, under 1000.00. I will only use it to take indoor pics of children, I have the nifty fifty but really looking at the 85mm. Thanks for all the advice on 50-250mm, I am going to buy one.




  
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Dec 01, 2009 18:08 |  #14

I would have thought your 24-70 would be a good portrait lens. We had some formal indoor family portraits taken last year, and the professional photographer who did them used a 24-70. The results were outstanding, really first class.

I have the 85, and I don't much like it as an indoor lens. It's an odd length, especially on a crop camera; you need to be quite a long way away from your subject and you might find yourself short of room sometimes. In addition, shooting portraits indoors, in low light, without a flash, doesn't always give great results. My favourite indoor lens is my Tamron 28-75, coupled with a Speedlite. It does a great job.


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Dec 01, 2009 18:12 |  #15
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I have two, love it. I will sell my mint copy with box, blank warranty card and uv filter for 200 shipped if anyone is interested


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