Choosing a general purpose lens for a Canon Rebel XTI

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by timswim78, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

    timswim78

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    I have a Rebel XTI, and I am tired of changing between my 18-55 and 70-300 lenses. Also, I find that I often want to shoot something in that 55-70 range that I am missing.

    So, I am looking for a lens that:
    - Has good (not necessarily great) optics
    - Includes at least 18-70mm
    - Is image stabilized
    - Has a high-speed motor
    - Is less than $500

    Right now, I am looking at two lenses in particular
    - The Sigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3342&navigator=6
    - The Canon EF-S 17-85MM f4-5.6 IS USM http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=149&modelid=10511#ModelFeaturesAct

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. gullaa macrumors member

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    i also have a Rebel Xti, i took some pictures over the past week with the stock 18-55mm lense, i just bought a Canon EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, and am loving it so far..here are some pics i took soo far with the stock lens..pictures with new lens will be up later during the week. tell me what you think of the pictures so far... http://www.flickr.com/photos/27570221@N04/
     
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  4. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    I also advise the 17-85. Not the best, not the worst but very convenient. Range, USM + IS is a deal sealer for a nice every day lens.
     
  5. Chonk macrumors newbie

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    I have that lens on the 350D and can't complain for the price I paid (Just under £260).

    Its has a little but of issues at 17mm but these are all corrected during PP. Great general purpose lens in my books , especially up from the stock non IS 18-55 I had before.
     
  6. timswim78 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the input guys. I ended up going with the Canon 17-85mm. The extra range of the Sigma was tempting. However, the lack of reviews on the Sigma lens was a definite liability in my eyes.

    I found someone who bought a 40D with the 17-85mm lens and gave him $300 for it. So, I still have another $200 budgeted to get some filters, hoods, a new tripod, or...
     
  7. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    ............ the BG-E3 battery grip? If the 17-85 lens is longer, it'll help keep the camera in balance and give you more area to hold. Just a thought.
     
  8. goodmorning macrumors member

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    I'm going to be that guy that insists on the 28-135. I debated the 17-85 for a long time, but I can honestly say that the 28 is wide enough for (my) general purpose and does give a nice boost at the telephoto end. I have also read that the 28-135 has slightly better IQ than the 17-85. I have been using the 28-135 for a couple months now, and the only time I really wish I had something wider was in the Badlands, though at that point I would like the Sigma 10-20.
    Anyway, just my 2 cents...
    :D
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    Oops, you already bought it, sorry about that
     
  9. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Yeah he already made his choice.

    You know what? I agree with your selection of the 28-135 IS. In fact I just acquired a second on in the 'kit' with my 40D. I may sell off one.

    BUT ....... when I went into the photography supplier and slipped a 17-40 L on my 30D it was like an entire new world opened up.

    Given the multiplication factor, going down to 17 made sense.

    Still though I love that 28-135 IS, it served me well over the years. It would be cool for Canon to upgrade that lens and make the lower end 13. A 13 - 135 IS lens .... hmmmm!
     
  10. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    If you have a crop body, the 17-85 is a more convenient "general lens". Unless you have the 17-40 then you could add the 28-135 but the OP wanted to stop changing lenses every so often. The 24-105 would give the best of both worlds but it's a tad more expensive.
     

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