797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1908 posts, RR: 27 Posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5247 times:
I'm about to get an EOS 40D and these are the two lenses that come with it. I'm unsure on which one I should get. I've been told the 17-85mm lacks in image quality, and the 28-135mm is not wide enough for cool photos.
If you can all give me some advice on what to get, I'd really appreciate it! Prices for both is $949 for the first one, and $1049 for the second one.
Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM AF Lens
Canon 28-135mm Lens
Thanks in advance!
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JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5198 times:
Quoting 797 (Thread starter): 17-85mm lacks in image quality, and the 28-135mm is not wide enough for cool photos
Don't always go with what you are told - it ain't always right! I'd personally go with the 17-85, however with either of these lenses you're going to require a second (and possibly ultimately a third) to get maximum scope. A great companion for the 17-85 would be the EF70-200 F4 L, which gets rave reviews on here (I've got one and no complaints!) and would give you a good overall zoom range. While it may be true that 28 sometimes isn't wide enough (to be honest I've only ever needed wider TWICE in four years!) 135 on the other hand certainly isn't long enough; and more often than not in aviation photography it's the long end that's more important!
I've heard good things about the 28-135 (it's got IS too I believe) but for aviation it's a funny lens - it may very well lead you to buy two other lenses, with added expense and large amounts of unnecessary overlap. Like I say, go with the 17-85 and either a 70-200, 70-300 or 100-400.