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    Hey guys, I'm currently using Kits Lens on my 400D for street photography and slight landscape, and a sigma 70-300mm macro for telephoto and flower shots..

    Looking to get a Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM to replace my Kit lens for my street photography and slight landscape, is it advisable? or i should just stick to my kit lens?

    Also comparing using my sigma for flowers to a tamron 90mm macro for flowers, the tamron will be able to blur out the background better due to it's nearer focus and larger aperture, am i right to say that? Will a closeup filter improve the situation for my sigma?


    Thanks..
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    hmm anyone?

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    although not a canon user. suggest you keep your kit lens and save for a L lens... You will get an immediate jump in terms of quality in every aspect (colour, contrast and sharpness).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdEvA View Post
    hmm anyone?
    I would say the 28-105mm is a good upgrade. it's very good value for money. If you need proof, pm me. I'll drop you some links to show you how good this lens is.

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    Instead of replacing, I suggest you make an addition instead.

    It'll be a all-rounded line-up this way:

    18-55: Wide
    28-105: Intermediate
    70-300: Telephoto

    Hope this helps.

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    The Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC MACRO is a good lens to consider, if u r willing to spend a bit more. Wide enough and good macro capabilities. Resolution is good.

    Yr 70-300mm will cover the rest of the range.

    Just my views.

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    Although the 18-55 kit lens can give decent pictures in the right hands, if you want to take decent portraits etc, can consider getting the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 or the New Sigma 18-50 f2.8 Macro.

    Both are very sharp lenses and have very good image quality.

    If you have more money, can consider the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS.

    F2.8 is very useful. Together with IS, you will be able to have more keeper shots.

    If you are serious about macro, you should save money and go for a true macro lens. The Tamron 90mm Macro is quite recommended

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunghk View Post
    although not a canon user. suggest you keep your kit lens and save for a L lens... You will get an immediate jump in terms of quality in every aspect (colour, contrast and sharpness).

    My 2 cents
    Hmm L lens would be way off my budget..

    Quote Originally Posted by midicity View Post
    Although the 18-55 kit lens can give decent pictures in the right hands, if you want to take decent portraits etc, can consider getting the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 or the New Sigma 18-50 f2.8 Macro.

    Both are very sharp lenses and have very good image quality.

    If you have more money, can consider the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS.

    F2.8 is very useful. Together with IS, you will be able to have more keeper shots.

    If you are serious about macro, you should save money and go for a true macro lens. The Tamron 90mm Macro is quite recommended
    hmm I mainly needed a lens to cover the 55-70mm range which i do not have, when walking around..


    Thanks for all the suggestions, I would love to get a tamron90mm for my flowers shot but it's currently not in my budget and the macro at 200-300mm from my sigma seems quite fine to me at the moment.. The sigma 17-70mm seems like a good choice, but it's kinda out of my budget too..

    Currently I have a budget of around $250 + the sales $$ from my kit lens..
    Might consider keeping the kit lens like what mysum mentioned to cover wide angles..

    Any idea how much will the sigma 17-70mm be selling in the 2nd hand market?
    Besides the Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM, how about Canon EF 35-135mm 1:4-5.6 USM, any comments on this lens over the 28-105?
    and also whats the difference between a MK I and MK II for the Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

    Thanks..
    Last edited by wdEvA; 18th May 2007 at 02:09 AM.

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    Any idea how much will the sigma 17-70mm be selling in the 2nd hand market?
    Saw one or two selling about $450-$500 with few mths warrenty left. But don seem to see anyone selling this lens in the BnS section these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photougenics View Post
    Saw one or two selling about $450-$500 with few mths warrenty left. But don seem to see anyone selling this lens in the BnS section these days.
    In addition, I was looking for this lens one month ago. Can't find in BnS, so decided to buy new. Ask for quotes and only 2 stores have got stocks (Canon mount mostly no stock) and not many left. I then wondered is this lens really that hot.

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    Why don't you consider getting the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 instead? It'll cover your gaps, gives you a constant f/2.8 and the picture quality is excellent. Keep you kit lens for those wide angle shots.
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    hmm checked the price guide and couldn't find this lens..
    how much is it retailing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdEvA View Post
    hmm checked the price guide and couldn't find this lens..
    how much is it retailing?
    It should be retailing for around $600+

    Check out this thread.
    Canon 80D|Panasonic LX3/LX5
    35f2 IS|50f1.8|85f1.8|12-24f4|18-135f4-5.6 IS|28-75f2.8

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    Tamron 28-75 is excellent
    2nd hand is about $400-$500.

    With your budget of $250, I will say the 28-105 is a good choice.

    My advise is to go for a 2nd hand lens, you will be able to afford better lens and in future if you wanna upgrade, you don't lugi as much

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    Maybe u can consider the 28-135mm IS USM as well? For me, its a relatively gd walkabt lens.
    I use my 400D w this lens on it almost 95% of the time, not so ideal for landscape shots tho, but thats when i'll still use the kit lens.

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    Oppss..just realise that you hv a budget of $250.
    Hmm...in that case the tamron or the canon 28-105 might do the trick for u.

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    Why not just continue to use the kit lens and save up for a better lens? I think crops of pics taken with the kit lens won't do too badly

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    I wouldn't recommand the sigma 70-300. It's not sharp (maybe I got a non sharp copy XD..) and the focusing is really slow. I highly recommand the 17-50 f/2.8 tamron. Working nicely for me. And the f/2.8 is great esp in low light situations and when shallow DOF is needed. This is something your nice old kit lens can't do. If you have money. Get L lens maybe. Or a 70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma is cool too. However I still find the nikon's 18-200 best for a walkabout lens/holiday lens. Get a converter if you want. Have fun shooting.

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    Default Re: Lenses to get..

    Quote Originally Posted by wdEvA View Post
    Hey guys, I'm currently using Kits Lens on my 400D for street photography and slight landscape, and a sigma 70-300mm macro for telephoto and flower shots..

    Looking to get a Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM to replace my Kit lens for my street photography and slight landscape, is it advisable? or i should just stick to my kit lens?

    Also comparing using my sigma for flowers to a tamron 90mm macro for flowers, the tamron will be able to blur out the background better due to it's nearer focus and larger aperture, am i right to say that? Will a closeup filter improve the situation for my sigma?


    Thanks..

    i using 400D too... i also have the kit lens and the 28-105mm , for me i feel that this 28-105 is not wide enough or long enough , 70% of my shot are taken from 18mm to 24mm, i take a lot of cityscape and macro(macro lens) .. only about 3% of my shot taken using this lens.. my suggestion is to stick to this lens or upgarde to a better one .. example tarmon 17-50 or 17-40L ...

    18-55 is good enough for street shot for 1.6 crop..

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