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    I currently use prime lenses, which is fine for planned shoots, but a lot of times I take pics or videos of events that are not planned.

    I want to get a zoom lens for my T2i.
    I am looking for something that can cover a lot of focal lengths; from wide to zoom, have a wide aperture 3.5 or so, and be under the $800ish price range.

    Can anyone help me out?
    *its for photography & filming.
    Last edited by DDirector; 06-24-2010 at 02:41 PM.
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    Fast lens.
    Image Stabilised.
    Cheap.

    Pick two.


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    I have a couple of Tamron lenses and they rock; built solid and very sharp. They are the main lenses I shoot with at weddings. They are 2.8 constant aperture. You can't beat these for the money.

    Tamron 28-75 2.8

    Tamron 17-50 2.8


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    what if I get something with a wider focal length range?
    Something like 28mm - 200mm?
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    It's hard to find a quality lens that covers that distance. Most of them are soft in the extreme wide and tele of the lens.


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    for aps-c I think the list goes something like this for film making
    11-16/2.8 tokina
    17-55/2.8 canon
    24-105/4 canon
    24-70/2.8 canon
    70-200/2.8 canon

    and then a little like this if you need a lens for stills, vacation, nature
    28-105 / 3.5-4.5
    28-200 / 3.5-5.6
    70-300 / 4-5.6
    100-400 / 4.5-5.6

    and if you are on a budget there is nothing wrong with the kit lens
    18-55 and 55-250
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    Thanks.

    I was thinking before about one of the wide lenses like the Tokina one, but I see myself using long lenses also. plus, I have wide prime lenses, so no point.

    What I am thinking is getting the Canon 24-105 f/4. A bit more, but HOPEFULLY I will find one used for a good price.
    Last edited by DDirector; 06-24-2010 at 09:47 PM.
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    24-105 is actually 1 stop slower than the f4 indicates. Its more like 5.6 , Beware.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slice View Post
    I have a couple of Tamron lenses and they rock; built solid and very sharp.



    Tamron 17-50 2.8
    I read some good reviews on the 17-50mm. One from Photozone which is pretty tough to get a good review from.

    I have the 18-55mm that came with the 550D, and just got the 50mm f 1.8.

    They are both pretty sharp for a hundred bucks, but I need a constant 2.8 to replace the 18-55mm.

    How does the Tamron 17-50 sharpness compare to the Canon 18-55mm 3.5/4.5, the 50mm 1.8?

    Is the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 sharper or about the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenilenapi View Post
    24-105 is actually 1 stop slower than the f4 indicates. Its more like 5.6 , Beware.
    Hmm...never heard this. Could you elaborate?




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