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best mid range zoom

31 Dec 2012 4:07PM
What mid range quality zoom lens would you recommend to front the Canon 60D
Other than say, the Canon24-105 F4L IS is there as good a lens that would give quality images but save me some money .
I would like to have one lens to start with,which would suit Street, Candids and Travel subjects.

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31 Dec 2012 4:19PM
I use a Sigma 17-50 F2.8 OS on my 60D. It's very sharp and good value for money IMO although the zoom range may not be enough for you (equivalent to about 24-85mm on a crop sensor). Oddly enough it works better on my 60D than my previous 30D although that may be down to the camera.

The wide end is good for travel and would probably suit you more than the 24-105 but maybe not so good for candids and street photography at the other end.

Still, its a very good budget lens.
arhb 10 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 5:36PM
I think you'll have problems finding a zoom like the 24-105mm Michael, that produces images of the same quality, but is cheaper.
Worth saving a bit more to get the 24-105mm, as you probably wont need to buy another lens in this focal range for many years,
however if you do buy something cheaper, you will buy again, when you realise you should have bought the 24-105mm Smile
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.8k 149 England
31 Dec 2012 6:16PM
I can't argue with the quality of the 24-105 but with the crop sensor of your camera it may be worth looking at the 15-85. The quality is very good (check the reviews) and it is just so versatile.
kodachrome 5 682
1 Jan 2013 8:59AM
The Canon 28-135 gets a very good review and a gold award from What Digital Camera magazine.
steve_p 11 1.2k England
1 Jan 2013 9:49AM
I have a 15-85 and cannot fault it for the money! I would agree the 24-105 is quality but think the 15-85 is a better zoom range on a crop sensor camera!
capto Plus
5 4.6k 8 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 11:09PM
I have the 15-85 and find it a great lens. Martins cameras have it at 519 and include a Hoya filter at the moment + 55 cash back from Canon. Good time to buy.
mikehit 7 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 12:50AM
The 15-85 was designed or APS-C to do the same job as the 24-105 on 35mm sensors. If you google '15-85 vs 24-105' you will see many posts from people who think quality is very close.
Some people get obsessed with the 'L-lens build quality' but unless you are incredibly clumsy I would say save the money and get the 15-85.

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