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Frank Digital
01-08-2005, 07:19 AM
Just got my new EOS 20D and I am very happy with this camery. I got it with the Canon EF-S 18-55 lens.

Now I would like to buy a "entry level" telelens. My priority would be image quality then speed.

I am thinking about the following lenses:

* Canon EF 55-200 f4,5-5,6 II USM (254)
* Sigma 55-200 f4-5,6 DC ( 169)

or take an "all in one" with the
* Sigma 18-125 f3,5-5,6 DC (260)

* is there another similar lens to consider?

I could assume that many people in this forum had a similar decision to take and might know an advice by now.

Thanks in advance for the replies.

Frank

Jim Robertson
01-08-2005, 08:25 AM
The overlap with what you've already purchased is too great. If you plan to SELL the 18-55 and buy a faster lens for the wide angle end of things, then it might make sense.

Some people knock the optics of the 17-85; I've just submitted my order, so I'll form my own opinions. The one thing I don't like about the digital SLRs is the focal length multiplier, but then I don't relish the notion of spending $7,000 for a camera with a full size sensor, either

D70FAN
01-08-2005, 08:27 AM
Just got my new EOS 20D and I am very happy with this camery. I got it with the Canon EF-S 18-55 lens.

Now I would like to buy a "entry level" telelens. My priority would be image quality then speed.

I am thinking about the following lenses:

* Canon EF 55-200 f4,5-5,6 II USM (€254)
* Sigma 55-200 f4-5,6 DC (€ 169)

or take an "all in one" with the
* Sigma 18-125 f3,5-5,6 DC (€260)

* is there another similar lens to consider?

I could assume that many people in this forum had a similar decision to take and might know an advice by now.

Thanks in advance for the replies.

Frank

I, and a growing number of both Canon and Nikon owners, have been using the Sigma 18-125 DC which rivals the quality of the Nikkor "kit" lens and is definately superior to the Canon 18-55. You will find that for day-to-day shooting the 18-125 will meet 90% of your needs. Beyond that you may want to consider the very nice Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM. At around $400 for a long image stabilized (IS) zoom-lens this is a bargain. I wish there was a Nikon adapter...

Dante King
01-09-2005, 12:05 AM
I just got a Tamron 28-300, 1.35-6.3. What a great product! Light weight. Great optics, Great Price of 380USD. It is on my Canon as my basic all around now.

D70FAN
01-09-2005, 06:28 AM
I just got a Tamron 28-300, 1.35-6.3. What a great product! Light weight. Great optics, Great Price of 380USD. It is on my Canon as my basic all around now.

I agree. I had the Tamron 28-300 for a few weeks, but 42mm (on a D70) is barely wide angle and not enough for my day-to-day shooting, especially interior shots. So I went to the Sigma 18-125 which covers about 90% of my shooting needs.

I actually would have liked to keep both lenses as the 28-300 is a good travel lens, but I have a low cost Nikkor 70-300 AF-G that fills that function for about $150.

You will be happy to know that Tamron is bringing out the 18-200 version of that lens in a few months, and I will be one of the first in line to check it out.

Bon Foto

speaklightly
01-11-2005, 08:10 AM
George-

The Sigma 18-125 DC lens sounds ideal for my new EOS 20D. Who has the best price on that lens?

Thanks for your help, George!

Sarah Joyce

eagle17
01-11-2005, 07:08 PM
hello frank, If you were visitng us yanks anytime soon get the canon 70-200 f4L. this is probably one of the very best lenses under $600. by the way this is a fully professional lens with the fluorite elements.

I have sold my 18-55mm canon and use the sigma 18-125 DC for my wide - zoom lens and it is great for snapping pictures I don't think I will use it for portraits but then again I do not need to change my focal length when doing static work.

Sara,
I purchased my sigma at a local camera store in Washington DC called penn camera for $269 I loved being able to try it out right away and also felt comfortable about being able to return it easily. also you can get the quantary?? version of this lens at ritz/wolfe camera for close to that price on sale.. it is the same lens that is actually made for quanary?? by sigma.


frank sometimes you can get some great deals on L glass at FredMiranda.com in the buy/sell forum.. i have done business there and it has worked out quite well...

D70FAN
01-11-2005, 07:57 PM
George-

The Sigma 18-125 DC lens sounds ideal for my new EOS 20D. Who has the best price on that lens?

Thanks for your help, George!

Sarah Joyce

Hi Sarah,

Glad to see you back on DCRP. Norman Camera ($267) or B&H ($269) are good sources.

I bought mine from Mesa Camera Supply because I like buying from a local family owned store. It cost me about $20 more, but I picked up a used Nikkor 50mm f1.8 for $60 at the same time. It's a good place for information as well. I also frequent Tempe Camera Repair another good local shop that actually does dSLR cleaning in one day for about $35.

Like John and his Panamania, I really like the Sigma lens. It's not a pro grade lens, but the build quality and glass is as good (or in the case of Canon better) as any of the kit lenses out there. The plus is that it covers the day-to-day focal lengths you need. I have a low cost 70-300 for long shots and that great little 50mm f1.8 AF D for portraits. These lenses in Canon guise should work great as well. Although the 75-300 Canon IS lens ($400, after rebate, at Norman) would be terrific.

It will be tough to go back to all those all-in-ones after using a dSLR. :D

speaklightly
01-12-2005, 08:58 AM
Many Thanks to Both of You, Eagle and George-

That is exactly the information that I needed. I have enjoyed the transition to dSLR, but still find that I use my FZ10 and FZ 20 a lot as well. I guess you might say that I have just broadened my scope a bit.

Again, Many thanks to you both!

Sarah Joyce