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  1. #1
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    Good walking around lens and flash?

    I recently purchased the XSI which came with the standard 18-55. Following loads of advice on here I purchased the Canon 55-250 IS which is a nice lens.

    The 18-55 is not enough zoom and the 55-250 doesn't allow wide enough close ups. What would be your suggestion for a good "walking around" lens that would allow good pics on the street but would also give me enough zoom to reach out there a little?

    Also, I can't really justify the $299.00 local price tag for the 430EX any suggestions in a cheaper mfg.?

    My photos are just family, vacation, candid, school, and church related.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

  2. #2
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    I would suggest getting a bag that carries both lenses and change them when you need to. Then put your lens money towards your flash.

    If those aren't options, what's your lens budget? What focal length do you want? Also, Sigma makes some flashes. I think you can get a 530 ST, which doesn't have high speed sync for around $200. You could also look for a used flash.
    Lukas

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  3. #3
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    I have a Sigma 18-200 Image Stabilized lens. I really like it, it's pretty light weight, takes good pictures.
    It's not the fastest (I have a Canon 70-200 f 2.8 and a Canon 85mm f 1.8 for when I need speed), but it's the most versatile lens that I have.

    Quote Originally Posted by mike62 View Post
    What would be your suggestion for a good "walking around" lens that would allow good pics on the street but would also give me enough zoom to reach out there a little?
    Joe
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    Canon EOS 50D

    Canon S2 IS

    Sigma 18-200 OS
    Canon 85mm f 1.8
    Canon 70-200 f 2.8 IS L

    Canon Speedlite 430 EX

  4. #4
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    I would agree with Joe on this. Sigma is really hitting it out of the park right now with third party lenses. They're cheaper and according to Photography mag, the lens quality is really giving Canon a run for it. May be a tad heavier though. But certainly lighter than carrying both lenses.

  5. #5
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    That Sigma 18 - 200 is proving quite popular.
    If it is too large and you can get away with it there is always the 18 - 125
    or even the 17 - 70 which is a nice lens - but might not reach far enough..
    (In practice I find that 70 is not a whole lot more than 55 in reach terms)
    My friend's brother is semi pro - but often uses the XTI/400D with a Sigma
    18 - 200 and gets great results
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

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  6. #6
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    Some other opinions about 18-200:

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...&cat=37&page=1
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    Jacek
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    Previous gear: Ricoh AF 500 -> Samsung AF Zoom 1050 (still got that one) -> Zenit E -> Ricoh KR-10 Super -> Ricoh XR-X

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  7. #7
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    More often than not - I will use my Tamron 28 - 200 as the walkaround lens.
    Maybe not as wide as I might like - but I find I am far more often wanting more
    reach from my Sigma 17 - 70, than wanting a wider view from my Tamron 28 - 200
    PLUS - it is very sharp and nice and lightweight.
    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

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