Best all around lens for Canon Rebel xti?

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  1. yatley

    yatley TPF Noob!

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    Hi all... I am looking for the best all around lens for my wife. She has a canon rebel xti with 2 lenses...
    the little 18-55mm lens that came with it and
    a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom lens.

    She is wanting a good all around lens... What would be the best one to get?
    She is thinking the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM...

    any suggestions?

    THANKS!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    "best all around lens" will mean different things to different people. For some it might be the EF 400mm F2.8 L IS...for others it might be the EF-S 10-22mm.
    For some people, cost is a factor...for others it's not.

    The 24-105mm F4 L IS, is indeed a great lens...however, some (like me) would feel that 24mm just isn't wide enough for an 'all around' lens. In that case, I would suggest the EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS.
    Some might prefer to have a lens with a max aperture of F2.8, in which case you could look at the 24-70mm F2.8 L lens...but this lens is quite large & heavy...maybe too much for an everyday type lens.

    If the 24-105mm seems like a good choice for her, it probably is. I've heard nothing but good things about that lens.
     
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    thanks a lot!!
     
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    Big Mike,

    I currently have a Canon EF 17-40mm L USM on a XTi which has worked very well for me. However, I've started to take picture of extremely high speed, close-up shots (4-10 feet) and the 17-40mm is barely working out for me.

    I am curious as to your thoughts of whether or not the 17-55mm would work better than the 17-40mm (because of the IS and lower f/2.8 aperature) for these closer-up, high speed shots?
     
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    it's not your lens that's the problem, I have the same lens and use it the most of all my lenses. What are your camera settings when shooting action.... as in shutter speed, aperture and focusing mode?
     
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    Full manual mode:

    Aperature is usually 4.0 - 5.6, shutter speed depends on what I am using it for and lighting conditions

    When I'm inside, they may be around 1/60

    When I'm outside they are usually around 1/1250

    Manual focus

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    But thanks for the insight. I was looking at some shots that I was very unhappy with (which were also a reason why I wanted the 17-55) and I discovered that I was out of focus. So I might just take your advice and stick with the 17-40mm..

    Can anyone give their opinions on how the 17-55mm does (in your opinion) within ~4 feet?

    Oh yeh, I'm a noob so feel free to set me straight.

    Grazie! :D
     
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    Hi Yately,
    I have a 400D and do a lot of travel and wanted a good all rounder as well. I bought the Sigma 18-200OS and have been really pleased with it. With f3.5-6.3, and the Optical stabilisation, it is a very useful lens and covers a lot of different situations. Excellent quality lens IMO. If you dont need the extra zoom, the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5, is another really good lens. I have had this one for a few months now as well, and again very pleased, but if i had to have only one, it would probably be the 18-200.
    Both get great reviews, and owners are usually very pleased with them, and they are a good bit cheaper than the Canon lenses.
     

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