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    Question need help with lens choice..

    hi, was considering renting a lens for a fieldtrip but can't decide which one.

    shortlisted these 3:
    1. canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM
    2. canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II L USM
    3. canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM (previously used this one and had some CA issues..minimum focusing distance is also greater than the other 2)

    any recommendations which one's good with a 400D? any help is greatly appreciated

    edit: i'm looking for a walkabout lens to use for general purposes during the fieldtrip, will be good if the lens can also take decent close-up shots (of eg plants and insects). not too worried about how wide it is as i already have a 10-22mm.
    Last edited by reminiscenc-e; 31st March 2009 at 05:31 PM.

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    Since you are renting a lens (as opposed to buying one), I think the 17-55 IS USM is the way to go.
    5D Mk II | TS-E 17L | 17-40L | 24-105L IS | 35L | 85L | 70-200 f/2.8L IS | 100L Macro | 580EX II

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    and where will this field trip be?
    Loslos...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Dog View Post
    and where will this field trip be?
    it's at tioman

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankchn View Post
    Since you are renting a lens (as opposed to buying one), I think the 17-55 IS USM is the way to go.
    why not the L? im worried about image quality... thanks though

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    Quote Originally Posted by reminiscenc-e View Post
    why not the L? im worried about image quality... thanks though
    The 17-55 has the same excellent optical qualities (and similar price points) as the 24-70L/24-105L zooms, just without the build quality (e.g. weather sealing with 1-series cameras, etc...). The 17-55 is the best compromise between the 16-35 (wide but not enough reach) and the 24-70 (too narrow on APS-C cameras on the wide end). Plus you get IS as well =p.
    5D Mk II | TS-E 17L | 17-40L | 24-105L IS | 35L | 85L | 70-200 f/2.8L IS | 100L Macro | 580EX II

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    Default Re: need help with lens choice..

    Quote Originally Posted by reminiscenc-e View Post
    hi, was considering renting a lens for a fieldtrip but can't decide which one.

    shortlisted these 3:
    1. canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM
    2. canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II L USM
    3. canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM (previously used this one and had some CA issues..minimum focusing distance is also greater than the other 2)

    any recommendations which one's good with a 400D? any help is greatly appreciated
    No. 2 & 3 = 1.6x

    So obviously No.1 17-55 since you are just renting it to meet that day requirements. If you are determined to landscape, do consider 10-22, its EFS too.

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    I'd go for the EF-S 17-55mm since its a 1.6x crop body. 24mm on the 1.6x crop is certainly not wide enough and the 24-70 is a very heavy lens in comparision with the 400D.
    5D MII w/16-35L,Sigma 28-70&Nikkors(35f2,85f1.4,105f2.5,180f2.8ED)

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    Quote Originally Posted by reminiscenc-e View Post
    hi, was considering renting a lens for a fieldtrip but can't decide which one.

    shortlisted these 3:
    1. canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM
    2. canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II L USM
    3. canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM (previously used this one and had some CA issues..minimum focusing distance is also greater than the other 2)

    any recommendations which one's good with a 400D? any help is greatly appreciated
    just a thought...can you afford to pay for the lenses if they got damaged?

    depending on what you want to shoot, i recommend the IS lenses 18-55 + 55-250 or 18-200 if willing to splurge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankchn View Post
    The 17-55 has the same excellent optical qualities (and similar price points) as the 24-70L/24-105L zooms, just without the build quality (e.g. weather sealing with 1-series cameras, etc...). The 17-55 is the best compromise between the 16-35 (wide but not enough reach) and the 24-70 (too narrow on APS-C cameras on the wide end). Plus you get IS as well =p.
    hmm okay. thanks so much for the help! (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3in1c View Post
    No. 2 & 3 = 1.6x

    So obviously No.1 17-55 since you are just renting it to meet that day requirements. If you are determined to landscape, do consider 10-22, its EFS too.
    was thinking more of renting a walkabout lens, which can take decent close-up shots. i have a 10-22mm so don't need to worry about covering wide angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshSiao View Post
    I'd go for the EF-S 17-55mm since its a 1.6x crop body. 24mm on the 1.6x crop is certainly not wide enough and the 24-70 is a very heavy lens in comparision with the 400D.
    okay. thanks so much for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    just a thought...can you afford to pay for the lenses if they got damaged?

    depending on what you want to shoot, i recommend the IS lenses 18-55 + 55-250 or 18-200 if willing to splurge.
    might be able to pay for the 17-55, not sure about the L. never considered that before..thanks for pointing it out (:

    i have a telephoto (55-250) and a wideangle (10-22) currently, so i need a walkabout lens that i can use for general purposes during the fieldtrip. will be good if it can also take decent close ups (of eg plants, insects).

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    Quote Originally Posted by reminiscenc-e View Post
    might be able to pay for the 17-55, not sure about the L. never considered that before..thanks for pointing it out (:

    i have a telephoto (55-250) and a wideangle (10-22) currently, so i need a walkabout lens that i can use for general purposes during the fieldtrip. will be good if it can also take decent close ups (of eg plants, insects).
    back when i was using Canon, for trips i was using the 55-250 IS for almost all my shots. Close wide angle i would use a PnS. The idea is using a PnS wont scare the locals + having two cameras complement each other means at least if one memory card corrupt, the other should be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    back when i was using Canon, for trips i was using the 55-250 IS for almost all my shots. Close wide angle i would use a PnS. The idea is using a PnS wont scare the locals + having two cameras complement each other means at least if one memory card corrupt, the other should be fine.
    but PnS's quality's nowhere near a DSLR's :P won't meet much locals i think since its a school trip..and 55-250's image quality/exposure arent that exceptional. probably will be renting the 17-55..sounds rather okay.

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