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Canon 40D - Two Lenses - Which Is Best?

Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:00 am

Hello everyone,

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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RE: Canon 40D - Two Lenses - Which Is Best?

Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:48 am



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.

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RE: Canon 40D - Two Lenses - Which Is Best?

Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:10 am

I can't say much about the 28-135 but I can recommend the 17-85. I haven't had any problems with image quality.

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RE: Canon 40D - Two Lenses - Which Is Best?

Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:42 am

get the 24-70 f.2.8 it is in your price range and IQ is stunning...razor sharp images will be delivered to your door step.

You need another lens anyway to cover 70 plus mm....

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RE: Canon 40D - Two Lenses - Which Is Best?

Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:23 am

Thanks for the input guys,

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):
A great companion for the 17-85 would be the EF70-200 F4 L

As a matter of fact, I already have that lens! I am upgrading the camera from a Rebel XT. I am selling it with the 18-55, but I'm keeping the 70-200 and the 1.4x converter.

Later on, whenever I get some money, I want to get the 100-400... but that's another expensive piece of glass.

Quoting WithaK (Reply 2):
I can recommend the 17-85. I haven't had any problems with image quality.

Judging from your photos, I believe it's a pretty good option! I think I might go for that, considering I already have a good zoom lens.

Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 3):
get the 24-70 f.2.8 it is in your price range and IQ is stunning...razor sharp images will be delivered to your door step.

I believe you misread the numbers Big grin The 40D with these lenses costs nearly 1000 bucks. The 24-70 alone is above this number. But anyways, thanks a lot for the help!

Thanks you all,

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RE: Canon 40D - Two Lenses - Which Is Best?

Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:48 am



Quoting 797 (Reply 4):
I believe you misread the numbers Big grin The 40D with these lenses costs nearly 1000 bucks. The 24-70 alone is above this number. But anyways, thanks a lot for the help!

Guess so, maybe I was half a sleep,sorry about that.
In any casse the 24-70 is still a killer lens...

For your reading pleasure: (review about the 17-85)
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...p?product=222&sort=7&cat=27&page=3

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RE: Canon 40D - Two Lenses - Which Is Best?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:33 pm

Consider also the Sigma 17-70, it has better IQ than the CAnon 17-85. I use it together with the Canon 70-200 F4L IS and like it a lot.
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