Old 03-15-2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I have come to the conclusion that my Sigma 18-200 (for my Canon XTi) is becoming a bit dated, and that there are bigger and better things out there. I am looking for a new lens, probably a 28-135mm or thereabouts. I have looked at a couple of websites, but i am looking more for first-hand accounts. What i mean is, i am interested in what others have to say about a particular lens that they use, not the photography websites have to say. To clarify, i should mention that i am interested in a high-quality (i.e. sharp) lens, preferably under $1000, but i am not really picky about Canon, Sigma, Tamron, etc. Thanks,

Peter.
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:15 PM   #2
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In the sub-$1000 range, I would give a serious look at the Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L USM ($560 on B&H). It's the "budget" L-lens and it produces sharp results (see any of my shots >70mm...they are all with the 4.0L).

Depending on what type of shots you're looking to take, the 70-200 might not be wide enough, so if you're looking for a wider lens, the classic Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 DC ($389) works great for me. It's much better built than the Canon Kit Lens, and the produces sharp results. I posted a bunch of recent examples in this thread:
http://forums.railpictures.net/showthread.php?t=6899
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:37 PM   #3
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Chris said it all!
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I agree... I've been following his advice closely... I've been shooting with the 70-200 f/4 L for a couple of months and that Sigma 17-70 will arrive from the UPS man on Tuesday...
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:08 PM   #5
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I agree... I've been following his advice closely... I've been shooting with the 70-200 f/4 L for a couple of months and that Sigma 17-70 will arrive from the UPS man on Tuesday...
And then he's going to move to eastern North Dakota and assimilation will be complete, mu wa ha ha ha ha!!
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Talking 70-200 f4L

That is a fantastic lens, I have a friend who walks a bit further away from the line just so he can use it

I have one too, very sharp.

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And then he's going to move to eastern North Dakota and assimilation will be complete, mu wa ha ha ha ha!!
Ah, see, I'm moving back to Minnesota... big difference
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