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    Hi ALL,

    Need your help to assist me in choosing zoom lens for my wife.

    I need a breakdown of few lens for us to try once we hit the shore.

    main priority has to be sharp and light for lady usage.

    likely GP usage.

    thanks

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    Body wise : still deciding on either a 450D or 40D but most likely a 450D coz its light

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    see how much you want to spend and the level of zoom you need.

    If you dont mind reduced IQ, can go for the 18-200mm lens that gives a good range and quite light to carry. For best sharpness, either use tripod or rapid fire and hope for one picture that is good if handheld.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    see how much you want to spend and the level of zoom you need.

    If you dont mind reduced IQ, can go for the 18-200mm lens that gives a good range and quite light to carry. For best sharpness, either use tripod or rapid fire and hope for one picture that is good if handheld.
    ignore $$ concern.

    what do u mean by reduce IQ. There was lots of talks the 18-200 not being sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antonioshabirto View Post
    ignore $$ concern.

    what do u mean by reduce IQ. There was lots of talks the 18-200 not being sharp.
    Its a tradeoff for the convenience and weight savings for the traveller who is looking for a all in one solution.

    if money is no object then can consider the following Zoom lens

    EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM*
    EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
    EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

    *take note that EF-S lenses cannot be used on Full Frame bodies.
    Last edited by Reportage; 25th December 2008 at 08:39 AM.
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    What range and reach are you looking at? There is always a tradeoff between range and IQ.

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    EF-s 17-55 f2.8 and 70-200 f4L IS

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    What range and reach are you looking at? There is always a tradeoff between range and IQ.
    nothing specific. but more of a walk ard lens as she is still new so i would nt expect a huge and heavy lens.

    looking for better IQ i hope. wouldnt want to compensate too much on quality
    Last edited by antonioshabirto; 25th December 2008 at 08:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngck12 View Post
    EF-s 17-55 f2.8 and 70-200 f4L IS
    i already have the 70-200 though.

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    Then I would second what ngck suggested.
    17-55mm IS

    Good IQ and light.
    Last edited by ahbian; 25th December 2008 at 08:45 AM. Reason: Removed 70-200mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Then I would second what ngck suggested.
    17-55mm IS

    Good IQ and light.
    thanks. will kept that in mind

    how abt any EF lens or others to recommend ?

    28-105
    28-135
    Tamron 28-75
    Tamron 17-50

    are either these lens worthy ?
    Last edited by antonioshabirto; 25th December 2008 at 08:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antonioshabirto View Post
    thanks. will kept that in mind

    how abt any EF lens or others to recommend ?

    28-105
    28-135
    Tamron 28-75
    Tamron 17-50

    are either these lens worthy ?
    depends on the condition they are used.

    usually the lower the F rating especially if constant aperture, the faster the lens are and work better in low light conditions which is why there are a lot of F2.8 users.
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    I hear good things about the Tamron 28-75 and 17-50.
    f/2.8 and a whole lot lighter than those heavy Canon f/2.8 zooms!
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam View Post
    I hear good things about the Tamron 28-75 and 17-50.
    f/2.8 and a whole lot lighter than those heavy Canon f/2.8 zooms!
    correct me too


    so what do u guys think of those aspect of lens

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    agreed with adamadam,

    sharp zoom lenses are heavy and expensive, in the end, either your wife just leave camera bag at home or you are the one carry it for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    agreed with adamadam,

    sharp zoom lenses are heavy and expensive, in the end, either your wife just leave camera bag at home or you are the one carry it for her.
    i will have my sets of stuff to carry too.

    as mention put the cost aside

    I dont see anywhere adamadam saying that sharp zooms are heavy etc
    Last edited by antonioshabirto; 25th December 2008 at 01:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antonioshabirto View Post
    i will have my sets of stuff to carry too.

    as mention put the cost aside

    I dont see anywhere adamadam saying that sharp zooms are heavy etc
    check out the weight of the lenses mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antonioshabirto View Post
    i will have my sets of stuff to carry too.

    as mention put the cost aside

    I dont see anywhere adamadam saying that sharp zooms are heavy etc
    adamadam is comparing the weight of Tamron 28-75 and 17-50 f/2.8 to Canon 2.8 zoom lenses.


    since you are canon user, can you please tell me .....
    which lens is sharper? 18~55kit lens or 17~55f2.8 lens?
    which lens is heavier? 18~55 kit lens or 17~55f2.8 lens?
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