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jinju 11-12-2005 02:16 PM

Lenses for Canon
Im now getting ready to finally buy the 20D. Thats decided 100%. But what I dont know is what lens. I will probably shell out the cash on the Canon f/4 17-40mm lens but Id love to get some good cheaper alternatives. Anything out there thats as good but cheaper? How about Tamron? I read something about the Tamron f/2.8-4 17-35mm lens. Any opinions?

vapours 11-12-2005 03:58 PM

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I bought a new lens today, the Canon 28-135mm with IS and although I've only been able to shoot around the house so far today, I'm in love with it. Main reason for me buying it was that I only wanted to have to carry 1 lens while I hike and go travelling. Not having the wide angle may be an issue, but I always have the smaller kit lens to carry with it if needed.

The other lens I was looking at was the Tamron 28-75mm which has received rave reviews and a lot of people reckons its as good as the L series, however there seems to be a few dodgy copies of it around and I didn't want to take the risk with it. Plus I'm not sure if 75mm would be enough.

I found the site above very valuable. It contains a lot of user opinions on the various lenses, it was a major influence on my decision in the end.

elihesamian 11-12-2005 04:30 PM

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Hi Rafal,

can be useful,if you take a look to members'shots who work with 20D and their lenses and results,and you will find many things.
Now,I use EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM,I think not an excellent lens,but not bad,and as you want,this can not be expensive for start,although,I'm thinking for prepar another lenses like you,I'm studing:)
Maybe, for Macro,I go for Sigma and for Tele,Canon serie.


jinju 11-12-2005 04:58 PM

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Well if you see my shots, its basically mostly street photography. What I want is a lens that is good for this but FAST so that I dont lose photos due to blurriness in low light (stores, subways, etc). I dont like using flash at all.

jin 11-13-2005 05:11 AM

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Hey rafal.I've been using 20D since last year and satisfied. Probably you will need a wide angle lens because 20D has 1.6 times crop body.
If you can afford it I would like to recommend you cannon f/4 17-40L which I 'm also considering to buy this lens soonest. I currently use Sigma f/4.5 17-50 and like it due to reasonable price & performances. But one of weak points is yellowish. You can also consider cannon 17-55.
I can't wait your much excellent taken by 20D.

don_narayan 11-13-2005 06:23 AM

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Hi Rafal. the f2.8-4 17-35mm sounds good, it will be fast at 17mm, which will be good for low light street stuff. I have heard that Tamron is good, sharp. What about the 16-35mm f2.8... not sure how much it costs though.

john_c 11-13-2005 09:12 AM

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Hi Rafal. I originally bought my 20D with the stock lens and was disappointed, so I upgraded to a EFS 17-85 IS, which I am quite happy with, as it gives a generous amount of wide angle plus enough zoom for my needs. The Image Stabilizer is a real plus. I strongly recommend that you purchase the dual battery pack attachment, particularly if the lens you buy has IS, for you use a lot more battery power. Having two batteries working for you is great back-ip. Good luck.

bboss 11-13-2005 02:29 PM

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Hi Rafal,
I just had to make this choice, and my 20D and 17-40 are on order. I was considering the 10-22 as I wanted something a little more wide angle but deceided against it as being efs it may prove to be short lived. digital bodies become obsolete very fast I figure, but the ef lenses are here to stay, and one day when I get a full frame body the 17-40 will cover the wider angle that I want.
Also nobody has anything bad to say about the 17-40, only endless praise! I cant wait for it to arrive!

jinju 11-13-2005 02:51 PM

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the 17-40 is the lens I am most likely going to buy. Although its a bit expensive:)

mlopes 11-13-2005 04:08 PM

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Great to ear this Rafal, on more in the dark side ;)

Everybody will tell the 17-40 is a winner and it is, so you can go wrong... however the f4 is beatten by sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX wide lens, it means that with low light Sigma's will give you better results.

But there are other options, i've recently bought the canon 50mm f1.8 and i think this is a great lens, crap construction quality but amazing results... just search for this lens photos here on TE... all of this for just 100$ ;)

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