kl692
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Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:43 am

I am planing to buy one of this lens and I would like to know which one will be best for spotting. the lens are
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS Zoom Lens
And the
Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM zoom lens f/4-5.6

I don't know much about lens so I thought I will ask the experts here on which they think is the best out of the two.

Currently I have the Canon 55-250mm Telephoto Lens with I.S and the Canon 18-55mm lens without I.S

Thanks
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:36 am

Quoting kl692 (Thread starter):
I am planing to buy one of this lens and I would like to know which one will be best for spotting. the lens are
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS Zoom Lens
And the
Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM zoom lens f/4-5.6

Out of curiosity, why those two lenses? You already have those zoom ranges covered, and I doubt you'll see a large increase in quality. The 18-55 is actually a pretty sharp lens, and the 55-250 is OK up to around 180mm.

Anyway, just wondering. I bought a EF 70-300 IS USM to replace my 55-250 awhile ago, mostly for the extra length. But quality really wasn't THAT much better.
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:29 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 1):
Out of curiosity, why those two lenses? You already have those zoom ranges covered, and I doubt you'll see a large increase in quality. The 18-55 is actually a pretty sharp lens, and the 55-250 is OK up to around 180mm.

I a looking into those because I believe that they both wide lens
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:33 am

Maybe for extra-quality you need to buy non-IS version of 70-200 F/4 L. It is supersharp and not very expensive, especially if you buy it second-hand. Here in Finland they cost from 400€ upwards, so basically in the same category as the 17-85 IS.
And yeah, I know you think: "I'm going to lose 50mm", but in real-world you gain some usable mm:s. EF-s 55-250 IS is not usable above lets say 170mm. 70-200 is very usable all the way to the 200mm.  
 
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:56 am

Quoting JWM (Reply 3):
Maybe for extra-quality you need to buy non-IS version of 70-200 F/4 L. It is supersharp and not very expensive, especially if you buy it second-hand. Here in Finland they cost from 400€ upwards, so basically in the same category as the 17-85 IS.

I have been looking at one of those too. I have seen a couple of use ones from $500 to $600 Canadian. I am not really worry about the extra 50mm as you said.
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:05 pm

Quoting kl692 (Reply 2):
I a looking into those because I believe that they both wide lens

You've lost me completely. Yes, they're both considered wide angle lenses, but neither is any wider than what your kit lens is already providing. Why would you want a wide angle lens for spotting anyway? Unless you're planning to take every image directly under the approach path close to the airport or you're shooting down on the apron, a wide-angle lens is next to useless for spotting. The 50-250mm IS lens you have is fine for most purposes and I get the suspicion it's more than ample for the level you're at.
 
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:19 pm

well it also have to do with the fact that I don't want to be changing lens all the time. I just thought that 28 to 135mm might be the all in one lens for me.

And with the 250mm sometimes I end up with soft spots on the pictures

[Edited 2012-02-26 04:21:08]
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:44 pm

Quoting kl692 (Thread starter):
I am planing to buy one of this lens and I would like to know which one will be best for spotting.

I think you need to decide what focal lengths you need / want first before deciding on a specific lens. What do you need at your local airport or where you are planning on going to? It's better to specificy your needs first then assess your options rather than look at lenses based on performance and choose one that way. You need the right tool for the job you'll be applying it to.

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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:42 pm

Is it just me, or should I smack myself to the head because this guy wants to buy a lens that he already has covered?
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RE: Which One Of These Lens Is Best?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:16 pm

Quoting kl692 (Reply 6):
fact that I don't want to be changing lens all the time

Once again, you've completely lost me. In what spotting situation would you have to change constantly between the kit lens and the 55-250? Also, if you think a 28-135mm lens will avoid having to change lenses, how often are you shooting in the 28-55 range that you would lose by using the 55-250mm. You're going to have to fill us in on what situations you're trying to shoot because I don't have a damn clue what situation would require the solutions you're proposing.

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