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I Want A Good Lens To Replace The Canon EF 18-55.

nickrich 17 34
12 Mar 2005 6:20AM
Thanks for all the recommendations. I've e-mailed them to check stock availability; it doesn't seem to tell you on the web site. Unfortunately I'm not close to any of the shops, but looks like you get a better deal online anyway.
StuCollings 16 96
12 Mar 2005 9:07AM
Before laying down the cash, check out the Canon 24-85mm. It's a cracking lens and something of an unsung hero in the Canon line-up.
nickrich 17 34
12 Mar 2005 9:50AM
Hmm...thanks Stu; you're making me dither again! Smaller and lighter than the 17-85 and "only" 245, but on the 300D / 20D it's the equivalent of 38mm at the wide end. Also no IS. I think I might miss the extra at the wide end, but is it worth the extra 180? Any views on quality differences?

By the way, T4 are out of stock of the 17-85 too, though expecting more soon.

conrad 17 10.9k 116
12 Mar 2005 10:33AM
I found a review of the 24-85 lens slightly disconcerting:

Quote:I found the 24-85 to be soft wide open (especially at 24mm). Stopped down 2 stops or more, things get better but never great.

See here for the full review.

StuCollings 16 96
12 Mar 2005 1:01PM
I've got the Canon 24-85mm and have not found it 'soft' at any focal length or aperture - quite the reverse!

Read the reviews of it here:
John-LS 18 4
16 Mar 2005 11:54AM
Canon 17-40 f4 L is fantastic - try a few shots and you'll be sold.
dannyg 17 182 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2005 12:15PM
it appears everyone is sticking to recommending Canon lenses which i can't fault at all. From my point of view it would depend on which lenses you currently have as i may be worth trying to avoid any huge overlap in focal lengths. I see that tamron are bringing out a couple of short focal length zoom lenses which are the 11-18 and the 18-200 and then there is sigma who have got the 12-24 that won the lens of the year in their 2004 awards.

The world is your optical oyster i'm afraid.

Happy choosing

mujucanary 16 19
27 Mar 2005 1:35PM
Cheers for that T4 link!! I am currently waiting for a 17-85 lens to come into stock at Jessops (I bought a 20D body the other week - ordered the lens at the same time hoping they would come in at the same time!) but that company is quite tempting!
DanSig Plus
17 288 Iceland
27 Mar 2005 3:39PM
if you dont know wich range you need, and want a lens that just stays on your camera then you could go for the 28-300 L IS lens then you got all the range you need on daily basis and you have a "L" lens Smile
randomrubble 17 3.1k 12 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2005 4:31PM
Yeah, but, in this case, the L stands for 'L' of a heavy lens!
nickrich 17 34
28 Mar 2005 12:47AM
I've had the 17-85 on order from T4 since 15th March. No sign yet. There seems to be a general shortage of them.

MDR_Photo 17 872 England
28 Mar 2005 1:28AM
I'm waiting for the 17-85, order from warehouse express (via the link on the left, to keep pete happy) since 15th March too. Apparently Canon are sending them more this week but they don't know how many they've been allocated yet.

nickrich 17 34
31 Mar 2005 9:17AM
Got my lens from T4 today, so looks like Canon are delivering them as you say Michael.

MDR_Photo 17 872 England
31 Mar 2005 9:29AM
I'll email warehouse tomorrow to see whats happening!

steve_uk 17 2
31 Mar 2005 12:42PM
At the risk of re-igniting the discussion, I can also thoroughly recommend the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di.

It's incredibly sharp and has constant f/2.8 throughout the focal range. And you can pick one up for under 280.

I have one on my 350D and it's superb. I was dubious about going for a third party lens, but I've no regrets...

(the 2nd review does a comparison with the Canon 28-135 IS)


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