req: Canon wide angle zoom recommendation

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Bob, Dec 26, 2007.

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    Bob Guest

    We just bought our daughter the Canon 10-22 for her 2nd trip to
    Germany (she shoots with a Digital Rebel XT). So far she has the 50mm
    2.5 macro & a cheap 75-300 and now the 10-22. I don't want her to be
    (nor do I want myself to be) a 'Canon snob', but I can't help sticking
    to the camera lenses (I have all Nikon lenses for my Nikon).

    We're looking to get her an intermediate zoom lens (in the 20-80 range
    to 'fill the gap' as it were). The obvious Canon choices are the
    24-70/2.8 (~$1200) and the 24-85/3.5-4.5 (~$300). I suppose the
    17-40/f4 might fit the bill as well as might the 24-105/f4.

    Now, surely you get what you pay for, so the 24-70 should be far
    superior to the 24-85. She mostly takes landscape and macro shots (a
    strange combo to be sure). She has an offer to shoot someone's
    wedding, though I already cautioned her about the pitfalls of wedding
    photography. If she can get the occasional wedding gig, she can
    surely buy whatever lenses she wants.

    So I guess my questions are:

    Does anyone have experience with both the 24-70/f2.8 and the
    24-85/f3.5-4.5? Is there a serious performance gap? Would either
    work for a wedding, or would the inferior optics make for poor photos?

    I read somewhere that the Tamron 28-75/f2.8 is a good lens; anyone
    have that or any other 3rd party lenses for Canon that they like (in
    this 20-80 range)?

    Any input is greatly appreciated.

    Bob
     
    Bob, Dec 26, 2007
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    Paul Burdett Guest


    Hi Bob,

    I have the Tamron and am very pleased with it. Much cheaper than the Canon
    24-70 but the quality is as good (others may disagree I guess). It's my only
    non Canon lens..highly recommended.
    Paul
     
    Paul Burdett, Dec 26, 2007
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