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High Quality Standard Zoom Lens For EOS 60D

Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:10 am

I've had an EOS 60D since March of last year with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. After 7 years of not having a telephoto lens (since my Pentax film SLR days!), I got the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM last week and have been absolutely amazed by its quality and performance.

I would like to look into getting an equivalent quality standard zoom lens to essentially replace the kit lens I have which has a tendency to be quite soft when wide open. Anyone have any recommendations? I really would like an f/2.8 and image stabilization is a must so from what I can tell, that really leaves only two options, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM or the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM. The price of the Canon EF-S 17-55mm seems too high seeing how it doesn't have the build quality of an L lens and I've also heard it's not sealed well and has a tendency to suck in dust between the optical elements. The Sigma is priced very well and appears to have high quality optics, although its autofocus system doesn't seem great.

I've also never had any experiences with 3rd party lenses and am a bit apprehensive about it, especially since I will lose the excellent lens correction options in Canon's Digital Photo Professional software for pictures taken in RAW.

Would appreciate any feedback and advice anyone has.
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RE: High Quality Standard Zoom Lens For EOS 60D

Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:45 am

The only other standard zoom lens (17-55mm range) with image stabilization for Canon APS-C is Tamron 17-50mm VC. However, according to reviews, it's image quality is well below the Canon and Sigma you've mentioned above.
 
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RE: High Quality Standard Zoom Lens For EOS 60D

Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:17 pm

What is your budget like. If you can afford to splash some cash i would recommend the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM. or if you can wait the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II. if not go with the 17-55mm.

Yes the 24-70 does not have IS but since its a 2.8 you wouldn't really need it. at f 2.8 there is twice the amount of light then at f4. since its is a standard zoom hand shake will be minimal unlike on a tele. and you also get the added bonus of not needing a new lens if you upgrade to a full frame.
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RE: High Quality Standard Zoom Lens For EOS 60D

Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:43 pm

If you budget non-L lens try to play with Canon 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM.
I have a few photos taken with Canon EOS 60D + Canon 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Kazak...d=c00796c41aaf92b901df3b9f57535232
http://www.airliners.net/photo/AERO/...d=c00796c41aaf92b901df3b9f57535232
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RE: High Quality Standard Zoom Lens For EOS 60D

Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:27 pm

If IS is a must, you might also consider the Canon EF 24-105 mm 1:4 L IS USM. L series will always give better images. This lens is a bit vignetting at 24 mm on a full frame, but is a good lens in cockpits if the airplane is shaking.

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RE: High Quality Standard Zoom Lens For EOS 60D

Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:06 pm

Quoting SIA6696 (Reply 2):
What is your budget like. If you can afford to splash some cash i would recommend the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM. or if you can wait the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II. if not go with the 17-55mm.

These lenses are great for a full frame, but will not provide a wide enough angle on a crop sensor. If I upgrade to a full frame one day, I'll definitely look into these.

Quoting yerbol (Reply 3):
If you budget non-L lens try to play with Canon 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM.
I have a few photos taken with Canon EOS 60D + Canon 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Kazak...d=c00796c41aaf92b901df3b9f57535232
http://www.airliners.net/photo/AERO/...d=c00796c41aaf92b901df3b9f57535232

Fantastic photos. I've been very intrigued by this lens and considered it. Problem is it seems a bit too similar to the 18-135mm, even though it is clearly higher quality. By similar, I mean similar aperature range. I really do want an f/2.8 for low light situations and for high bokeh. I intend to use this lens for more than just aviation photography.

Quoting coninpa (Reply 4):
If IS is a must, you might also consider the Canon EF 24-105 mm 1:4 L IS USM. L series will always give better images. This lens is a bit vignetting at 24 mm on a full frame, but is a good lens in cockpits if the airplane is shaking.

I very seriously considered this lens as well, only problem is it doesn't provide a wide enough angle for a crop sensor.

Does anyone have any experience with the Sigma I mentioned above?
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RE: High Quality Standard Zoom Lens For EOS 60D

Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:17 pm

Quoting BA (Reply 5):
These lenses are great for a full frame, but will not provide a wide enough angle on a crop sensor. If I upgrade to a full frame one day, I'll definitely look into these.

For less than the cost of a 24-70L, another great option is getting both the sigma 10-20 UWA lens and the Tamron 28-75 2.8. I have both and I LOVE the Tamron. Sharp as hell and beautiful results throughout the zoom and aperture range.

Just throwing it out there.
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