Advise on Lens (please)

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  1. ketan

    ketan TPF Noob!

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    Hi,
    I wish to have a little more on my lens collection.

    I own:
    30D
    50mm f/1.8 II
    18-55 kit lens
    28-200 Tamron - slow - wish to scrap

    I have mae up my mind on 100mm f/2.8 macro

    Wish to buy one more good one (hoping that it will be visibly different from my kit 18-55)

    USES:
    Portraits,good Bokeh,clouds, sunrise, sunset, beach, family photos etc.

    Considering:
    EF 28-135 f 3.5-5.6 IS USM
    EF - S - 17-85 f 3.5-5.6 IS USM
    Both are at the same price here appx $700 (we pay duty here)
    (I am conscious of carrying a white / protruding lens. In fact even Tamron at 200mm is stared by people as if I have come from Mars)

    Request your advise please.
    Thank/ketan
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well you need to cide if buying one of the lenses is woth it if they are anough diferent from your kit lens. Not being a Canon person I am not familiar with the lenses you named but I can tell you they seem awfully close in speed to what would be a kit lens.
     
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    You won't be disappointed with that one, it's a great lens.

    You might also consider the 85mm f/1.8.
     
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    The 100 f2.8 Macro is a great portrait lens (very sharp) although perhaps a little long on a 30D body.

    If I was looking for a lens to shoot Portraits with good Bokeh, landscapes and family photos it would be something witha a maximum f2.8 aperture.

    Maybe either of the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 or 28-75 f2.8. The others have pretty slow apertures especially at the long end. This means larger dof (and poorer bokeh).

    After these i'd look at the Canon 70-200 f4L or if you don't want a white lens, something like the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 although this is a bigger lens!
     
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    What I understand is that 'fixed apperture' will be a good investment.

    For portraits....family photos what range should I look for? say 18-75 ?

    Based on your feedback I will try to find some good one and revert for advise. I would prefer Canon as a brand than TP.

    Thanks
     
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    I have 50mm f/1.8 and will buy 100mm f/2.8, do you think I am missing something that I may get in 85mm f/1.8?
     
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    I've bought a Sigma 105mm f/2,8 EX macro lense, I'm quite please with that lense. I'd recomend that one. Canon has a great deal of good lenses, but it seems to me that Canon lenses cost a great deal more. I've read quite a few reviews on macro lenses, and found that the difference is mostly in the price you have to pay for the product. Hope you find a good lense that you like. =)
     
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    The thing I didn't like about the Sigma/Tamron macro lenses is that the barrel extends when focusing. The canon's is internal focusing. makes a difference when you are very close to a pasrticular subject.
     
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    Just now called the dealer.
    Canon 100mm f/2.8 costs $700, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 costs $380.
    What do you say friends! What should I go for?
    ketan
    p.s. I think that JD has replied my point!
     
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    Good lenses in the max 2.8 range are

    Tamron
    17-50 f2.8
    28-75 f28

    Sigma
    24-70 f2.8
    17-70 f2.8-4

    Canon
    24-70 f2.8
    EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS

    There's probably more but these are all pretty highly rated - even the Sigma variable aperture lens (17-70 f2.8-4) is a fairly decent lens which should be fast enough for most uses.

    I just feel that f5.6 on the long end is way too slow for normal use (except in reasonable light). Sure the IS is useful but only for static subjects.
     
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    That is a big difference in price and it's down to personal choice. The quality of all the macro lenses in each camp are very highly rated. Put the money saved to buy a better walk around lens......
     
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    Sorry for my understanding ... but walk around lenses means one of the list you have mentioned above ranging between 17-70?
     

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