Canon lens advice ?

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  1. Yoblique

    Yoblique TPF Noob!

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    Hello.

    I am here for some advice for a new canon lens.

    I am a Canon 400D Hobby-Photographer, got only one 18-55 mm objective with my canon.

    But i am confused between two lens i am thinking to buy:

    Option 1 - Expensive

    Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC (Vibration Compensation) Aspherical (IF) Auto Focus Zoom Lens for Canon EOS - U.S.A. Warranty


    Option 2 - Cheaper

    Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di Aspherical (IF) Ultra Wide Angle- Telephoto Auto Focus Zoom Lens for Canon EOS - U.S.A. Warranty


    Can anybody tell me the difference about these two ?

    And which one i should go for ?

    I mainly want to buy new lens because i want better zoom in/out.

    Thanks alot.

    - Y
     
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    Vibration Compensation -- it's got an internal system that helps counteract hand-shake and stabilize the image.
     
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    Hey - thanks for your kind information :)

    So this is the only big difference?
    I have checked the prices, Vibration compensation is quite expensive..hmmm.
     
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    It's the same with the canons, nikons, etc. The IS on canon's f/2.8 70-200mm is another $500. Depending on your subjects, it may or may not be worth it.
     
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    Sadly yes, in lens VC does add to the price of the lenses.

    Is it worth it? Well I would say neither lens should be your next lens. You already have a 18-55 so look at something like a 70-200 or 70-300 lens. I'm sure the Canon Guru's will suggest suitable ones.
     
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    Hmm, yeah but with a 70- 200 / 300 ...the zoom out will be decreased.
     
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    Just carry both lenses and you'll have your range covered at a higher quality. For the same price as the VC version of the lens you posted, you can get a 70-200 f/4L that is a professional level zoom lens. The 28-300 will probably not have notably better quality than your 18-55 and will lose you 10mm on the wide end (which is pretty significant, much more so than even than losing 100mm on the long end)
     
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    I also think that a 70-200 f/4 would make a better compliment to you kit lens.

    The image quality will be very noticeably better with the canon, and although it is shorter, its also at least a stop faster. For the most part, with what I shoot, I seldom have any need for something longer than 200mm.
     
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    Actually I'm not sure about the 'etc'

    It's NOT the case with Sony and Pentax for sure, both of them use the slightly inferior but much more convenient in body stabilisation.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that other manufacturers (sigma, tamron) also make image stabilizing lenses that are more expensive than their non-IS counterparts.

    Yes, I'm aware of pentax/olympus/sony in-body IS which is all manners of convenient unless it dies.
     
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    Doesn't matter, that's covered by your kit lens. As time goes in it's concevable you'll end up with lenses covering smaller and smaller ranges. It's the beauty of SLR cameras. You can change lenses to suit the environment your shooting in.

    If I could afford it, for instance, I'd have, for my Pentax K200D something like :-

    14mm f2.8 Prime (Prime is a non-zoom lens and is usually faster and better quality)
    21mm f3.2 Prime or 12-24 mm f4.0
    55mm f1.4 Prime
    77mm f1.8 Prime
    100mm f2.8 Macro Prime
    60-250mm F4

    As you can see, just 1-2 zooms in total. I'd probably (if you could afford that lot) walk round with the 55mm with the 14 or 21 in my pocket. 77mm for portrait work, 100mm for macro and the long zoom for times when I need that kind of lens.
     
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    Thanks alot everyone, for all advices and information :)

    After reading your posts, i think 70-200 would be the good choice for me now.

    Appreciating.
    -Y
     

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