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Which lens to get?

Just call me Al

Active Member
I have the Canon 70-300mm IS. I'm going away in a few weeks & want a lens that will take me from about 18 or 28 mm to about 100mm. Maybe 18 to 50 if that was the better option. I don't want to spend more than £200-00. I am very happy with the sharpness of my Canon Lens at all settings between 70 to 300mm, so I want a lens at least as sharp. If there was a good lens with IS at a little over that price I would buy it, but I expect there won't be. Can anyone advise me on a lens that will meet my requirements?
 

jonnypb

Well-known Member
sigma 17-70, around £220 last time I looked. Very nice lens and quite sharp as well. You won't get anything with IS for £200
 

daveb975

Distinguished Member
I agree, I think that the cheapest IS lens is the 17-85IS in this range.

I have got the 70-300IS, and my wider lens is the 17-85IS. I paid about £250 in the US this year, and the recent Canon cashback deal meant that it was about the same price over here.

The 17-85IS is not as sharp as the 70-300IS. I have got some fairly good shots with it outside, but it is hard to get a good shot inside.

I could possibly recommend it if you can pick one up for £200-£250, but not if you have to pay the £350ish that it normally is without cashback.
 

Just call me Al

Active Member
The 17-85IS is not as sharp as the 70-300IS. I have got some fairly good shots with it outside, but it is hard to get a good shot inside.

I could possibly recommend it if you can pick one up for £200-£250, but not if you have to pay the £350ish that it normally is without cashback.

Not as sharp. Oh! Looks like I was spoilt when I bought the Canon 70-300IS. I have seen some pictures taken with the Tamron I mentioned & they looked as sharp even though it has no IS.
 

denno75uk

Well-known Member
I use the Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM II. Range wise it seems to fit your criteria perfectly. It's a lovely lense, feels proper, fairly fast for the money and nice and sharp. Comes in under your £200 budget too.
A good amount of my flickr shots are done with it, specifically the first 4.
 

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