28-135 and 24-85: differences & similarities?

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  1. J Crew

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    Alright, my Wife and I currently have a 28-135mm IS USM lense for the XTi (and 20D when it arrives this week). Are there any benefits to getting a 24-85mm lense?

    Seems like the 28-135 already covers almost the same focal range, but more. I thought I should ask because I can't ever figure this stuff out. Thanks for your time and help.

    - Jason
     
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    I don't see much of a benefit. The 24-85mm is a bit wider and a bit faster (bigger aperture) at the tele end but the 28-135 is probably just as fast at 85mm as the 24-85mm is at 85mm.

    I would suggest something like the EF-S 17-85 IS, which is basically the EF-S/digital version of the 28-135 IS.
     
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    Would you suggest that over the 17-50 Tamron that you're using? Btw, any lense that I add to my collection is going to be for mainly wedding photography. Thanks again.
     
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    I have the 28-135 IS lense and really enjoy it. I only wish it was wider at times, but in those cases I throw on my kit lense to get 18mm.

    I agree with Big Mike in that the difference between 28 & 24mm is not significant enough to justify the cost of a new lense.
     
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    Actually, I have the 17-85 IS, and I went out and got the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 for wedding photography because the 17-85 just wasn't good enough (for me anyway). Wedding photography often involves a lot of questionable lighting and obviously shooting people who might be moving....therefore, the IS is not a replacement for a bigger aperture.

    I might have mentioned this before, but a lens to seriously consider for wedding photography is the Canon 17-55 F2.8 IS. I know it's very expensive but it's probably the best tool for the job. I do love my Tamron but if I get a bunch of weddings booked, I will probably buy the 17-55 and sell my 17-85 and 17-50. Then I'd add the 70-200 F2.8 IS.
     
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    So basically, if I can afford it... go ahead and buy the Canon 17-55 2.8 IS, and if I can't then get the Tamron which is still a great lense, right?

    What other lenses are you using alot when shooting weddings? Thanks again.

    - Jason
     
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    I shot a wedding this Saturday. I used the Tamron 17-50 for 99% of it. I had the 17-85 IS on my second body but only used it for a few static shots of the flowers.

    The lenses that you use are influenced by your style of shooting...and I guess your style of shooting is influenced by the lenses you have. I don't have a fast telephoto (yet) so I don't shoot from far away. I don't have an ultra wide lens (yet) so I don't shoot many funky wide angle shots.

    I sometimes shoot some macro stuff, I have a set of diopter filters for that. Don't have a 'macro' lens (yet ;) ).

    I think the ultimate kit, (for your cameras) would be the 17-55 F2.8 IS and the 70-200 F2.8 IS. Then maybe a 10-22mm and a fast prime like the 50mm F1.4, 24mm F1.4 or the Sigma 30mm F1.4. Then maybe a macro like the 100mm F2.8 etc.

    Then there are all of the other accessories besides lenses....
     

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