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Old 23-09-2010, 11:55   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

Hi guys,

I recently bought a 400D as my first venture into the world of DSLRs, the camera came with a Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens - which is a start for longer range photos, but I am now looking for a decent "everyday" lens to go with it. As I'm new to photography I'm not looking to spend the earth but want something that produces respectable results for a variety of situations.

From research I have done so far I think I am looking at these 2 option:

- Canon EF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 II USM
- Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

What are people's views on the above lenses? What would be your preference and why? Do you have any other suggestions?

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Old 23-09-2010, 12:15   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

Further to the above the lens will mainly be used for general purpose travel, landscape, people photography.

Also considering the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
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Re: Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

Personally, I don't think 28mm on the wide end is wide enough for general purpose use. Of the two you mention, the 17-70 is (for me) the better bet. Canon also have a 17-85 lens.

However, the best general purpose lenses are considered to be the 18-200s. There are also 18-250 or 18-270 lenses too, depending on the maker.

Canon, Sigma and Tamron all make 18-200. Sigma also do an 18-250, and Tamron an 18-270, but these will be more expensive.

All of the lenses I mention can be got secondhand, and the 18-200 will be the cheapest. The 18-250 and 270 have stabilisation where the 18-200s can come with stabilisation or without.

You don't mention your budget, but a non-stabilised 18-200 will be around 110-150.

My recommendation would be a Tamron 18-270, or any 18-200.
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Re: Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

Dabhand - thanks for your advice, however I am thinking about something with a smaller range as I have the Sigma 70-300 to cover longer distance shots for now.

I'm thinking the sigma 17-70 or canon 17-85 might be the best bet in terms of the range I'm looking to cover, but I have read alot of reviews saying the canon 28-105 is a brilliant lens considering the cost which is the reason I'm considering it.

Ultimately I would also plan on buying a shorter lens as well (like a 10-20) for covering the wider end of things, but this may be some time off.

Budget wise I don't want to spend much more than a couple of hundred max on a decent used lens.
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Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

Sorry thought you were after a single lens to 'do everything' in one lens. The Sigma 70-300 APO is very good, as is their 10-20. However, I still think 28 is not wide enough for general use and if you go for the 28-105, you will want something wider.

I'd still put 17/18 at the wide end as more useful. In tight situations that you come across quite often particularly in urban environments, or to cover a 'complete' scene.
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Re: Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

You need to remember that the 400D is an APS-C crop sensor giving you a 1.6x effective magnification, so at 28mm you are actually getting an effective focal length of 45mm which is not wide angle at all (especially considering that 50mm is supposed to represent 'normal' field of view).

An 18mm lens on your camera will give you the equivalent of 29mm which is a good place to start. Anything less and I think you will regret it.

I would also vote for the Sigma 18-200mm, especially if you can get the OS image stabilized version. Yes it overlaps your existing long lens but there is a lot to be said for not having to (a) carry two lenses (b) keep swapping around when you are on walkabout. It also isn't that expensive if I recall correctly.
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Re: Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

I'll second one of the Tamron " 18 to range " I had the 18-250 and it did me very proud for 4 years until I got my 40D and started to get more expensive glass. I used it on my 350D I got some great results.

They have one tiny downside and it is tiny in that they have a zoom lock that needs to be put on if you carry your camera lens down, the lens will zoom open if you don't. It's a minute hassle that should not put you off buying one.
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Re: Looking for good "everyday" lens for 400D

i have the 28 - 105 and yep it IS a brilliant lens for the price. But as has already been said its not the widest of lenses. My first short length lens to replace the kit lens was a sigma 20 - 40, bot made any more but u caxn pick them up second hand..... stunning lens and sharp throughout. have had it 3 years and just spent 100 getting it repaired and its still worth the money.
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