Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
Thread started 08 Dec 2009 (Tuesday) 00:50
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Which lens to choose?

 
aznlilrs
Member
55 posts
Joined Mar 2009
Location: San Jose, CA
     
Dec 08, 2009 00:50 |  #1

So I've been looking around at a couple of lens to use as a better walk-around lens than my 28-135mm. I would like a faster aperture and possibly sharper also. Not really looking to sell my 28-135mm as I need the longer end occasionally, but what would be some good options that are under $400-500?

I looked at the 17-40L, 35mm, and the Tamron 17-55mm


Canon 40D | 17-50mm | 50mm f/1.8
flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
kimchibrown
Member
Avatar
89 posts
Joined Jul 2008
Location: Seoul, Korea
     
Dec 08, 2009 01:18 |  #2

I have no experience but a lot of people like the Tamron 17-50

Edit: But if I was you, if I got the Tamron 17-50, I would sell the 28-135 and spend a little more and get the Canon 70-200 F/4 non IS.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
ckckevin
Goldmember
Avatar
1,439 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jul 2009
Location: Bay Area
     
Dec 08, 2009 02:07 as a reply to  @ kimchibrown's post |  #3

I think you still wants the 28-135 for the IS on the long end, right?

For a lens that can do wide angle, i would second kimchibrown for a 17-50mm. But it also depends on whether IS is needed or not (generally you don't need it for this focal length, but who knows).

sigma 18-50 also got pretty good review too
tokina 16-50mm


Kevin life= learning
500D, Canon 10-22mm, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, Canon 60 macro, Canon 85mm 1.8, Sigma 8mm 3.5, Sigma 30mm 1.4, Sigma 50-150mm 2.8, Kenko SP300 1.4x, efs extension tubes, 580EX, and lens that i don't like

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
aznlilrs
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
55 posts
Joined Mar 2009
Location: San Jose, CA
     
Dec 08, 2009 19:27 |  #4

So I've narrowed it down to either the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Which is a better walk-around lens to use and has better reliability?


Canon 40D | 17-50mm | 50mm f/1.8
flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
NoFitState
Member
Avatar
98 posts
Joined Aug 2009
Location: Wellington, NZ
     
Dec 08, 2009 19:46 |  #5

The tamron will be a more flexible option as a 'walk-around' lens, and really is good optically (I would have gone for a tamron if the VC option had been available at the time). But to my mind, the important questions to ask yourself in this situation are:
- Do you find 28mm wide enough?
- Have you used primes with fast apertures before?

If you need wider than your current lens, then go with the Tamron. But you may want to try out a really fast prime first to see if you like the possiblities a super thin DoF opens up to you. As much as I love my 17-55 for its sharpness/flexibility there are a lot of times the I need to shoot below 2.8 for light & dof reasons


5D3 || Canon 135L || Sigma 35 1.4 || Sigma 50mm 1.4 || 600ex-rt || Benro C2682TB1 Tripod || Lowepro Flipside 300 || Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
ckckevin
Goldmember
Avatar
1,439 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jul 2009
Location: Bay Area
     
Dec 08, 2009 20:43 |  #6

NoFitState wrote in post #9160990 (external link)
The tamron will be a more flexible option as a 'walk-around' lens, and really is good optically (I would have gone for a tamron if the VC option had been available at the time). But to my mind, the important questions to ask yourself in this situation are:
- Do you find 28mm wide enough?
- Have you used primes with fast apertures before?

If you need wider than your current lens, then go with the Tamron. But you may want to try out a really fast prime first to see if you like the possiblities a super thin DoF opens up to you. As much as I love my 17-55 for its sharpness/flexibility there are a lot of times the I need to shoot below 2.8 for light & dof reasons

I agree. I think you should be more specific to the meaning of "walk-around". If you need the wide angle for landscape or indoor gathering events, Tamron 17-50 is definitely a good choice. But if you think that you don't really need anything wider, then 30mm 1.4 will open up a lot of opportunity in low light.


Kevin life= learning
500D, Canon 10-22mm, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, Canon 60 macro, Canon 85mm 1.8, Sigma 8mm 3.5, Sigma 30mm 1.4, Sigma 50-150mm 2.8, Kenko SP300 1.4x, efs extension tubes, 580EX, and lens that i don't like

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

889 views & 0 likes for this thread
Which lens to choose?
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is Agedphotographer
675 guests, 314 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.