Best travel lens for APS-C, Canon ?

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  1. ahson

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    In your opinion, which one is the best travel, all purpose lens for a Canon aps-c camera?

    The Criteria:

    Quality
    Price
    Weight
    Zoom Level



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    Might be helpful to post exactly what you want to use it for and your price range. I might think a 300 2.8 is nice to bring around but you might not.
     
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    You can't pick all of them. Lenses, like most things in the world are about compromises. The first things that pop into mind though are the EF-S 18-200mm and EF-S 18-135. Both go from wide to telephoto in a pretty compact package, but suffer from some distortion and IQ issues. If you don't need to go wide, the 55-250mm would work. If you don't need to go too telephoto, a 17-85mm would work.

    Since it's the newest, I would suggest looking into the 18-135mm. I have no personal experience, but I hear it's not too bad.

    Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review
     
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    something to consider, if you get only one opportunity to visit a place, is quality more or less important than coverage? maybe better to have average quality pictures allowing wide and long detail than just higher quality, medium-range pictures.
     
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    I cannot agree more than what you all just said. There are few lenses in my mind such as Canon 18-135, 18-200. Sigma 18-200, 18-250, etc.

    I looked at some reviews and samples on the Canon 18-135 & Canon 18-200, surprisingly their picture quality are very similar to my eyes. Question is do I need a lens up to 200 for travelling? The 18-135 surely is lighter and better to carry around and cheaper. Still I cannot make up my mind on which one has the upper hand.

    As for other name brands like Sigma's, I have no idea are they as good as Canon's travel lens. Their price is nice but I cannot be sure about their picture quality.


    Btw I had my friend's Canon 18-200 for awhile but never get a chance to try others. I couldn't compare it to any of them.


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    For travelling I would say wider is far more important than telephoto - shooting buildings, landmarks, architecture and landscapes are probably going to be your staples, unless you're going to africa or something and want to shoot some wildlife. Have a think about the new 15-85 IS from canon, otherwise I would say the 17-85 is a good choice - lightweight, decent IQ, can be had pretty cheap. Biggest benefit is having IS - screw lugging a tripod around with you when IS can be used down to like 1/4 second handheld at 17mm on the 17-85, and the 15-85 is supposed to be even better (also has better IQ, bigger aperture and costs more).
     
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    Any thoughts on the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 as a travel lens as compared to the Canon 17-85?
     
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    If for me, I don't think I want a 17-50 as my travel lens. Maybe I will not get to use 85 or 135 or even 200 but 50 seems a bit low for travelling, one lens only purpose.
     
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    I'd value the extra range more than the bigger aperture. Does the tamron have IS (or VC or whatever it is they call it)? If not, then I wouldn't bother.
     
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    Finally, it comes down to either Canon 18-135 & Canon 18-200.

    18-135
    455g
    $529CAD

    18-200
    595g
    $670CAD

    Picture quality are very similar to each other

    Out of these 2 lenses, which one will you pick for the travel lens?
     
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    The 17-50mm is great on a crop body sensor and the 17-85 is super for a full frame camera.

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    ^ The 17-85 lens is an EF-S and will only mount to a crop body.
     

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