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07/30/2009 12:52:25 PM · #1
Is this lens good at all? Or is it better to buy 2 separate lens to cover both wide and tele? If yes, what do you suggest?

Thanks.
07/30/2009 12:56:33 PM · #2
The bigger the gap between the wide and tele ends of a lens the more mediocre the lens will be. There is an L lens that is 28-300 which goes against the norm but it has a price to match.

You'd be better off with probably the 17-85 IS and the 70-200 L IS (2.8 or 4).
07/30/2009 12:56:52 PM · #3
I will be interested in the replies to this, as I was considering buying it (or a third party similar ranged zoom) for travelling. Without any doubt you will lose on quality with an all-purpose super-zoom, but I don't know how much.
07/30/2009 01:43:55 PM · #4
Nikon makes a great 18-200 lense so i'm interested as well to know how good the canon model is
07/30/2009 02:02:09 PM · #5
For the tele part I personally would (and will :P)go with the 70-200 f4 L USM. As for a wide lens dunno... :D
07/30/2009 02:32:35 PM · #6
This lens?

I just got it a couple of weeks ago to replace my Sigma. I love it, very sharp.
07/30/2009 02:49:00 PM · #7
Originally posted by KarenNfld:

This lens?

I just got it a couple of weeks ago to replace my Sigma. I love it, very sharp.


Very sharp at 200 as well?
07/30/2009 05:29:59 PM · #8
I purchased this lens a few weeks ago as a replacement for my busticated 17-85. It has not come off the camera since. I quite like it and am very pleased with the images it produces.
07/30/2009 05:37:15 PM · #9
Originally posted by mjongstra:

Originally posted by KarenNfld:

This lens?

I just got it a couple of weeks ago to replace my Sigma. I love it, very sharp.


Very sharp at 200 as well?


Yes, pretty sharp. Much sharper than the Sigma. Sharper at 200 than my 75-300 is at 200.
07/30/2009 07:09:29 PM · #10
I got this lens in May and used it for a few days at Disney World. While it was convenient, even for just holiday shots I was not impressed with the image quality. Don't get me wrong, it is possible to get some good quality shots but the conditions need to be ideal.

I spent 2 days shooting for the pigeons challenge. The first day I used this lens, the second I used my 70-300mm Canon lens. The difference in the quality of the shots was very noticeable, even though the conditions were similar. Ironically the shot I entered was taken with this lens and it did quite well, but I think that was more because of how I processed the image than the fact that it was a great technical shot.

My take on this lens is that it's great if you want convenience. If you want image quality go for something else.
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