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ddenorch
12-11-2004, 12:29 PM
I think I'll be getting a 20d, and it's a bit over my budget, so I'll only be getting one lens for the time being. Can anyone recommend a good all round lens that will do well for all kinds of shots?

LoveOfSelene
12-11-2004, 01:01 PM
how much are you planing to spend on a lens?

ddenorch
12-11-2004, 02:29 PM
I'd say 700 is the top, but if really necessary, would go up to possibly 1,000. I'd really prefer to spend in the 400-600 range. On another note, should I just get 17-85 or 18-55 kits?

TenD
12-11-2004, 05:29 PM
The 17-85IS has a really nice range, and from what I have read a lot of people like it the IS is a nice feature but not necessary, I have 5 canon lenses and none have IS. The 17-40 f/4L is a really sharp lens but lacks some at the long end, this is one of my favorite lenses, but I do find I wish it had a little more reach. The 28-135 IS is not currently in my aresenal but many love this lens. It lacks on the wide end though, but if I were looking for a one lens solution this would probably be it for me. I am still thinking of getting a 28-135 for a one lens to take when I am "on the road".

D70FAN
12-11-2004, 05:45 PM
I think I'll be getting a 20d, and it's a bit over my budget, so I'll only be getting one lens for the time being. Can anyone recommend a good all round lens that will do well for all kinds of shots?

I've found the Sigma 18-125 DC to be a very good everyday lens (as good as the Nikkor 18-70 kit lens from Nikon). At $260-$300 it's head and antlers above everything else up to $500 (at least on my D70), and has wide angle and decent range on telephoto covered.

Samples:

http://d70fan.smugmug.com/gallery/197044/1/10921381

Give it a try.

wishbone
12-12-2004, 06:56 AM
Hard to answer without knowing what you plan on shooting, but some options would the the Sigma 18-125 already suggested, the 18-55 kit lense along with the 28-135 IS, or even the 70-200 L f4. For a litle more than you budgeted, the 17-85 IS and 70-200 L sounds liek a great combo.

eagle17
12-12-2004, 12:38 PM
George has convinced me to pick up the sigma 18-125 dc or my 20D I am also waiting for a 70-200 f4L to show up this week. I think for a canon owner the 70-200 f4L looks like one of the best deals around at the $600 range.

The 18-125 looks really good and I have now seen several people talk about how good it is.. I have seen it from $240 range on ebay to $270 at the local camera stores.

I plan to have both of these lenses to take out on friday for some heavy shooting in the Washington DC area.

George have you had any problems with the slownes of this lens?

my only concern is the f-stop but then after all if I were to get the faster lens it would probably be a lot bigger and heavier and I plan to travel with both the 70-200 and the 18-125.

D70FAN
12-13-2004, 06:15 AM
George has convinced me to pick up the sigma 18-125 dc or my 20D I am also waiting for a 70-200 f4L to show up this week. I think for a canon owner the 70-200 f4L looks like one of the best deals around at the $600 range.

The 18-125 looks really good and I have now seen several people talk about how good it is.. I have seen it from $240 range on ebay to $270 at the local camera stores.

I plan to have both of these lenses to take out on friday for some heavy shooting in the Washington DC area.

George have you had any problems with the slownes of this lens?

my only concern is the f-stop but then after all if I were to get the faster lens it would probably be a lot bigger and heavier and I plan to travel with both the 70-200 and the 18-125.

As far as "glass speed" the Sigma is the same as most standard "kit" lenses at f3.5-5.6. Since I shoot primarily at ISO200 and have the option of a very low noise ISO400 on the D70 (as is the case with the 20D as well) it's never been a problem. Focus speed in AF is as fast as any in the sub $500 class.

Let us know how it works on the 20D.

eagle17
12-15-2004, 07:01 AM
I just picked up the 18-125 for $269 at a local camera shop. I decided to get it now a few days before I get my 70-200 f4L so that I will have time to play with it.

I really like the reach of the lens but I still need to test it out a little more.

I should get my new 70-200 tomorrow. I will probably start a new thread in the lenses section on that.