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    Understand that the mentioned len is a standard len. It can be used wide angle as well as telephoto. But is the Macro feature sharp enough to compare with those like Tamron SP AF90MM F/2.8 Di Macro? Or it is better used as a walk around len ? Thinking of getting one for travelling/walk around as well as macro taking. Any advice to a newbie. My camera is a Canon EOS350D. Thanks.

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    If it is, then who still wants to buy the renowned 90mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tc811
    Understand that the mentioned len is a standard len. It can be used wide angle as well as telephoto. But is the Macro feature sharp enough to compare with those like Tamron SP AF90MM F/2.8 Di Macro? Or it is better used as a walk around len ? Thinking of getting one for travelling/walk around as well as macro taking. Any advice to a newbie. My camera is a Canon EOS350D. Thanks.
    it is a reasonable walk-about lens. just dat on a 350D, u 'lose' a bit on the WA end, after the 1.6x crop factor (gives u a view of abt 40mm).

    but, as a macro lens, or more accurately, a lens with macro feature, this pales in comparison to the 90mm. the 24-135mm gives a 1:3.3 magnification, not a true 1:1 macro (as in the 90mm). read here.

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...&cat=43&page=1
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    If range is not an issue for selecting your walkabout lens, can explore
    SP AF28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)


    Quote Originally Posted by tc811
    Understand that the mentioned len is a standard len. It can be used wide angle as well as telephoto. But is the Macro feature sharp enough to compare with those like Tamron SP AF90MM F/2.8 Di Macro? Or it is better used as a walk around len ? Thinking of getting one for travelling/walk around as well as macro taking. Any advice to a newbie. My camera is a Canon EOS350D. Thanks.

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    Thanks for the advice. But anyway, priority is looking for a len for travelling use and landscape/scenery pics. Probably will get a separate macro len. Distance is between 28-135mm.

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    The 24-135 SP is an excellent walkabout lens. Good color and constrast. However, the main drawback is its heavy weight.

    28-75 SP, though is a good fixed focus lens, might be slightly restrictive on the wide angle side given that you are using a 350.

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    So wat is your advice? Consider tat i'm new and dun expect to spend much on exp len before i'm better skilled to upgrade?

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    If you are not particular abt 3-party lenses, I would recommend you to try the Tamron 24-135. Get one 2nd hand from CS and try. If you don't like it, can always let it go again with little loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by code
    If you are not particular abt 3-party lenses, I would recommend you to try the Tamron 24-135. Get one 2nd hand from CS and try. If you don't like it, can always let it go again with little loss.
    yup. there's 2 (IIRC) on sale in Buy/Sell. u might have to search for it cos the owners update their posts once in a while.

    lens range like 24-135 and 28-105 are excellent travel-lens ranges. the newer 18-125 and 18-200 from sigma and tamron are only usable of DSLRs, unfortunately. so, if u get a film cam next time, these lenses won't fit.
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    How about Tamron 28-200mm? Is it also acceptable as a travel len? I heard it is lighter than the 24-105mm model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tc811
    How about Tamron 28-200mm? Is it also acceptable as a travel len? I heard it is lighter than the 24-105mm model.
    u mean this version?
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...&cat=43&page=1

    i used its predecessor.... lets just say i bought and sold dat lens in a week. looks like they improved on it!
    http://www.pcphotoreview.com/cat/dig...3_3128crx.aspx
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    [QUOTE=nightwolf75]u mean this version?
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...&cat=43&page=1

    So based on the review, do u think its ok to get one becos of it's longer range? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tc811
    So based on the review, do u think its ok to get one becos of it's longer range? Thanks.
    tc811 - end of the day, u must be comfortable using the lens. i'm not going to dig myself into a hole by telling u 'yeah. buy the lens, its good.. blah blah blah', only for u to scold me later when u find the lens not suitable.

    go to any camera shop with ur cam, and ask them nicely to allow u to try the lenses b4 buying. reviews are one thing. personally trying and using is another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75
    tc811 - end of the day, u must be comfortable using the lens. i'm not going to dig myself into a hole by telling u 'yeah. buy the lens, its good.. blah blah blah', only for u to scold me later when u find the lens not suitable.

    go to any camera shop with ur cam, and ask them nicely to allow u to try the lenses b4 buying. reviews are one thing. personally trying and using is another.
    Thanks for the advice.

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    I used to own one and I have to say this is an excellent walkabout lens.
    Sharper than my Tamron 28-200mm.
    Contrast is better too.
    Can't compare it with a real Macro lens though.
    The zoom ring is a little tight, just like my 28-200mm.
    Maybe it will loosen up after frequent usage.
    That's about the only complaint I have about this lens.

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