All-purpose lens

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Daniel, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    I'm planning to buy an all-purpose lens for my canon SRL (EOS 20D).
    Which lens would you recomend to be better?

    Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
    (without image stabilizer, more range)


    Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
    (with image stabilizer, less range)

    thanks !
    Daniel, Feb 7, 2005
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  2. Daniel

    Guest Guest

    My all purpose lens in the 24-70 2.8L macro zoom, very nice and very useful.
    Guest, Feb 7, 2005
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    Bruce Chang Guest

    The difference between your lens and the lenses he is suggesting is HUGE.
    The cost difference alone is $1100 vs $400 vs $350. The ebay prices would
    range as low as from $850 vs $300 vs $200. You're comparing an L lens
    against conventional non L lenses that isn't fair.

    To the OP:
    If you're going to get one of those lenses, I recommend the 28-135 IS lens
    specifically for the IS feature. It really revolutionizes the way you take
    pictures. If you ever go back to non-IS lenses, you realize what IS does
    for you. The lens will be a little more expensive but it's worth it. I
    have had no experience with the 28-200 and never will unless I happen to
    purchase it for cheap and immediately resell it for profit. I currently use
    the 28-135 for my all purpose and have a 17-35 2.8L and a 80-200 2.8L for
    more specialty uses. If you can afford an L lens, they are exactly what
    they advertise.

    Bruce Chang, Feb 7, 2005
  4. There is no such thing. Everything involves compromise.
    Depends on what you want to do.
    Zooms are generally crap compared to single focal-length lenses. Cheap
    zooms are slow and fuzzy.
    uraniumcommittee, Feb 7, 2005
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    al-Farrob Guest

    I have the EOS300D and almost all the time use the Canon EF 28-135mm
    f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. I don't know the other, but this one I can assure you I
    like it :)
    al-Farrob, Feb 7, 2005
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    YoYo Guest

    The best all purpose lens is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 good for all light and
    excellent sharpness and color/contrast. Also light and small.
    YoYo, Feb 7, 2005
  7. Daniel

    Guest Guest

    He's right you know!
    Guest, Feb 7, 2005
  8. Daniel!

    That Canon EOS 20D can have an adapter ring attached to the body to
    accept Leica lenses.

    In my opinion...if the body is functional a superior lens will provide
    an outstanding image.

    Leica was one of the last manufacturers to offer a zoom...they prefer
    standard focal lengths.

    The 28mm will probably be your most favorite lens at about 75 degrees of
    view...the 50 mm mimicks the human eye at about 45 degrees.

    In the past you could obtain test results concerning the resolution
    quality of various lenses. Keep it in mind that manufacturers have
    "acceptable tolerences" in the designs.

    Look for resolution studies on the two lenses you are considering.

    John T. Jensen, Feb 12, 2005
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