whats the best lens for all around use?

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  1. quattro4life

    quattro4life TPF Noob!

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    Im thinking 18-135mm or would it be better to have a standard 18-55mm and a 70-300 zoom lens?
     
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    theres no such thing as "the best" lense.
     
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    If you don't want to change lenses much, go for the 18-135mm or the 18-200mm VR.
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    For me it is a wide angle zoom lens. For you, I don't know. But I can tell you that covering a range of focal lengths with more lenses will improve your image quality but cost more. Using fewer lenses to cover the range has the opposite effect.
     
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    If you want snapshots only then an 18-135ish would be ideal OMHO.

    If you want higher quality I think the 18-70 2.8 (or 3.5-4.5) would be better.

    LWW
     
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    The 'best' lens, as far as focal length goes, probably depends more on your own personal 'style' than on a consensus of opinions. In terms of personality, I tend to be a bit distant and more than a little of a pedant. Most of my work is done with a normal lens [6x6cm or 35mm] or with a telephoto of 100 or 135 mm on a 35mm rig. I rarely use a wide-angle lens.
     
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    If they made one, you probably wouldn't be able to afford it. It would be a high quality zoom, so you could cover a super range of focal lengths and a wide aperture, so you could shoot in low light and have a wide choice in depth-of-field. Such a lens would cost many thousands of dollars. You pretty much have to narrow it down.

    For myself, choice of aperture overrides having a zoom, so the best overall lens for me is an 85mm/f1.8 on film, or the 50mm/f1.4 on my 10D. If I were to pick a zoom, it would have a narrow range so that I at least have a chance of getting f2.8. I use these two lenses 99.9% of the time now. For a while, when I was shooting on film, I only used the 85/1.8.
     
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    Lenses depend on what type of image you take, How you view them, how much you can afford to spend,what weight limit you have. etc, etc, etc,

    An L series 600mm IS USM is a fine lens. But if you buy one to put on you RZ 67 so you can take macr images on top of a mountain ..........

    One of my all time favorites was a minolta Rokor 24mm that I almost had welded to the front of my old X-700. But I found it difficult to take detailed pictures of Sun Spots....

    Probably the most versitile, and best value for money,lens would be a high quality standard(50mm equiv in 35mm specs or 80mm in MF), which when added to a good pair of legs to move closer or further away, would undoubtedly produce the finest results.
     

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