Recommendation for a Sharp zoom lens


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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.

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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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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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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.
 

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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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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
 

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

Good IQ and light.
 

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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 ?
 

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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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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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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
 

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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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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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