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mino00
01-17-2005, 11:55 AM
I'm planing to buy Canon eos 20d , which following lens would be good for basic all around ?
Canon EF 28-200MM f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens or
Sigma 18-125 dc
Is there another similar lens to consider ? :confused:
any input would be great help. Thanks in advance

LoveOfSelene
01-17-2005, 12:24 PM
I'm planing to buy Canon eos 20d , which following lens would be good for basic all around ?
Canon EF 28-200MM f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens or
Sigma 18-125 dc
Is there another similar lens to consider ? :confused:
any input would be great help. Thanks in advance

IMHO you should pick the Sigma 18-125 DC over the Canon 28-200mm.
The Canon 28-200 has very poor image quality talking in terms of CA. , barrel distortion, pincushining and sharpness. From my experience the focus and zoom rings are very stiff and not as smooth. Focus speed is much slower on the Canon when you compare them side by side.

eagle17
01-17-2005, 12:47 PM
I have the sigma 18-125 and i really like it. i have not really taken the time to fully determin if the quality is acceptable yet however I plan to soon. it does have a louder focusing noise then the canon USM lenses but it is not as bad as my canon ef50 f1.8 II.

I have never used the 28-200 lens so I am unable coment on it.

TheObiJuan
01-17-2005, 02:37 PM
what about the new tamron 18-200mm.
it is pretty darn small.
http://www.letsgodigital.org/images/artikelen/106/tamron_AF_18-200mm_lens.jpg

D70FAN
01-17-2005, 02:58 PM
what about the new tamron 18-200mm.
it is pretty darn small.


Yup. Potentially it's a Sigma killer, but at $400 (hope it's the same price as the 28-300) vs. $270, maybe not. If the dimensions are the same as the 28-300 then it is about 3/4 inch longer than the Sigma.

I will be one of the first, in line, to give the new Tamron a try. I liked the 28-300, but the 42mm equivalent WA just wasn't enough for day-to-day use.

I think the Tamron 18-200 is due out in March/April timeframe. If anyone has an update let me know.

ReF
01-17-2005, 04:47 PM
the sigma has a better range and is therefore in my opinion a better choice. you will find the 28mm which equals 42mm on the canon very frustrating to shoot with on the "wide" end. i've read that the sigma is very loud in use. the canon 17-85mm has a nice range but is overpriced and has some CA from what i've heard. with that said, i've also read a few accounts of people who have owned both the sigma and the canon, and ended up returning the sigma.

mino00
01-17-2005, 05:38 PM
thanh you all for your recomendations
In the mean time i will get the kit len only and save money to get a better
lens , There is any better lens around $ 600 ?

D70FAN
01-17-2005, 06:08 PM
with that said, i've also read a few accounts of people who have owned both the sigma and the canon, and ended up returning the sigma.

I have searched high and low but not yet found anyone who has returned the Sigma 18-125 for any reason.

Can you pass these accounts along?

ktixx
01-17-2005, 10:03 PM
I purchased the sigma 18-125 per advice of George, it is a great lens and I think it is the choice for you. The kit lenses are usually not the best choices, mainly because they are normally cheaply constructed, and lack picture quality. I would recommend the sigma 18-125 and plan on purchasing a greater zoom lens from canon that has IS built in at a later date.
Ken

LoveOfSelene
01-18-2005, 02:44 PM
thanh you all for your recomendations
In the mean time i will get the kit len only and save money to get a better
lens , There is any better lens around $ 600 ?

The Canon 28-135 IS USM (~$410) is a very decent walkaround lens. Silent and fast focusing and nice optical ablility. But you don't get much of a wide angle if you mount on a D-SLR.
You would have to try it for youself.

Just another lens to look for.

mino00
01-19-2005, 02:00 PM
The Canon 28-135 IS USM (~$410) is a very decent walkaround lens. Silent and fast focusing and nice optical ablility. But you don't get much of a wide angle if you mount on a D-SLR.
You would have to try it for youself.

Just another lens to look for.
thanks ,I wil take a look of this lens.

ReF
01-19-2005, 03:38 PM
I have searched high and low but not yet found anyone who has returned the Sigma 18-125 for any reason.

Can you pass these accounts along?

found it on the fredmiranda.com website. it was under the reviews(user reviews) section for the 17-85mm canon.

i'll see if i can get a sigma 18-125 to try out against the 17-85mm, that is, when my canon finally arrives.

LoveOfSelene
01-19-2005, 06:17 PM
found it on the fredmiranda.com website. it was under the reviews(user reviews) section for the 17-85mm canon.

i'll see if i can get a sigma 18-125 to try out against the 17-85mm, that is, when my canon finally arrives.

You will notice a the 17-85 focus much faster and makes less noise. ;)
(not sure on optical tho)
But anyway. Tell us what happens :)