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taylorman22
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p.1 #1 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


I have a Canon 40d and I'm currently using the 18-55 kit lens. For what I do, mostly family pics and some landscape shots, it does a good job. However, I'd like to get a little more range. I had a 55-250 and sold it because I needed the money for something else, and will probably buy one again down the road, but for now, I'd like to have one lens that gives me good coverage. Which lens is recommended? Here's why I'm consider...

1. Canon 17-85
2. Canon 18-135
3. Canon 18-200

The 200 obviously gives me better range, but of these three which do you think will give the best image quality? Any other lens I'm forgetting about that I should be considering?



Dec 31, 2011 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


What's your budget?


Dec 31, 2011 at 07:29 PM
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p.1 #3 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


Budget is $450


Dec 31, 2011 at 07:30 PM
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p.1 #4 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


Question is how much more range do you want ? It's
Pointless spending out for the 17-85 if your still going to want more. 30mm while significant isn't a great deal more than the 55 on the long end of what you have now.



Dec 31, 2011 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #5 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


Maybe look for a used 70-200 f4, non is. You'll have two lenses but this one really shines for the price


Dec 31, 2011 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #6 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


I think the 70-200 f4L is your best option if your main goal is to gain more reach. It's a much better lens than the 55-250. If you're looking for a low budget one-lens-suits-all solution you may want to take a look at the 28-135.

Steer clear from the 18-200.



Dec 31, 2011 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #7 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


Given your budget, the 28-135 would be one lens to consider. You can get the 55-250 for $200 or so.


Dec 31, 2011 at 08:57 PM
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p.1 #8 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


HenkvdT wrote:
...If you're looking for a low budget one-lens-suits-all solution you may want to take a look at the 28-135.


erikburd wrote:
Given your budget, the 28-135 would be one lens to consider.


I just got the 28-135 a few weeks ago in a 7D kit, and I'm quite happy with it. The IQ is quite good, from what I've seen so far. I'd been saving for a 24-105, but now I think I'll keep the 28-135 and save a little longer for a 24-70 f/2.8 IS.

The one thing I don't like about it is that when I have my camera on a neck strap this lens zooms out as I walk. (I don't know if it's just mine, or if they all do that.) Not a big issue, just annoying.



Dec 31, 2011 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #9 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


The 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 albeit is a kit lens and it's not very fast, is a viable option in your range. You can probably pick one up for under $275 on here new or slightly used. I have mine still from my 60D kit. I don't use it with the L glass that I have, but I've kept it just in case my camera breaks, I have to return it with the lens intact. I've kept it for backup purposes as well in case one of my lens breaks. For what your using it fits the budget and you can save the rest of the money and continue to save up for an L lens, trust me when I say they are worth saving for.


Jan 01, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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p.1 #10 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


I owned a 28-135 from 1998 (when they first came out, I think) until summer of this year. I absolutely loved it! It outlasted my 24-70/2.8L (not enough range) and fended off the 24-105 for several years. I finally bought a 24-105 but the lens that convinced me that I could live without the 28-135 is the 15-85IS. It's a great all-round lens with a 35mm equivalent of 24-136, and it's a great performer. It's definitely one you should consider for your 40D. The image quality is excellent as is the build quality. I occasionally use the 24-105 on my 7D but I use the 15-85 90% of the time for general shooting. Give it serious consideration.

Andy



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p.1 #11 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


You might also consider the good ole' 70-300. This lens for years languished at the bottom of the barrel, not really good enough for anything serious. Nikon changed that a few years ago with a really quite good one with VR and got over $400 for it. Now Canon has one and so does Tamron.

They are not "L" glass, but will do well unless you are shooting cover shots for GQ on the side.



Jan 01, 2012 at 02:10 AM
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p.1 #12 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


70-200 2.8 IS II. Just kidding. I just got mine in the mail today though.


Jan 01, 2012 at 02:52 AM
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Canon 70-200f4l non is. Easily the best telephoto for this sort of money. Coupled with your 18-55 it gives you a very nice range.


Jan 01, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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BrianO wrote:
I just got the 28-135 a few weeks ago in a 7D kit, and I'm quite happy with it. The IQ is quite good, from what I've seen so far. I'd been saving for a 24-105, but now I think I'll keep the 28-135 and save a little longer for a 24-70 f/2.8 IS.

The one thing I don't like about it is that when I have my camera on a neck strap this lens zooms out as I walk. (I don't know if it's just mine, or if they all do that.) Not a big issue, just annoying.

There is no 24-70 is.




Jan 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
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p.1 #15 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


+1 for the 70-200/4.0 non IS, provided the non IS is not a problem for you, the best bang for your buck at this stage (IMO)!


Jan 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
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BrianO wrote:
I just got the 28-135 a few weeks ago in a 7D kit, and I'm quite happy with it. The IQ is quite good, from what I've seen so far. I'd been saving for a 24-105, but now I think I'll keep the 28-135 and save a little longer for a 24-70 f/2.8 IS.


RobertLynn wrote:
There is no 24-70 is.


Not yet. That's why I'm saving, not buying.



Jan 01, 2012 at 06:53 PM
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p.1 #17 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?



Bro... trust me on this one. Forget zooms!!!

save yourself some money either buy canon 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8 ---the zooms you mentioned IQ wise are on par or sometimes below average.

if you really want reach with IQ, save some more money go with canon 70-200mm f/4 non IS that's your best bet.

again the zooms you mentioned will look crappy vs the 70-200mm f/4.



Jan 02, 2012 at 03:11 AM
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BrianO wrote:
Not yet. That's why I'm saving, not buying.

What are you going to buy if it doesn't have is?



Jan 02, 2012 at 05:49 PM
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p.1 #19 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


I found the 18-135 to be a pretty solid lens. The images I got from it were quite good, and I was able to get one barely used for $215. I only sold it because I got a deal on a used 24-105.


Jan 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
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p.1 #20 · Need more range. Recommended lenses?


I had the 200/2.8 (mark I with built in hood). Great lens. I ended up trading it for the 70-200 f/4L non-IS. Either one of these two would be a fantastic addition to your kit.


Jan 03, 2012 at 03:16 AM
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