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Old 04-02-2006, 10:53 PM
ayobami ayobami is offline
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Default Canon EF 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM VS Canon EF 28-200mm f/3

Looking at the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lenses and wonder if anyone has any personal experience with either or would have any suggestions to make about them. I've heard the 28-135 is possibly the better of the two but does come with a slightly higher price - perhaps it's worth it overall? And some people on here have mentioned the 28-200 is a bit soft and shaky which perhaps the 28-135 with Image Stabilizer would help combat?

I'd be using it for my Canon 20D for a little of everything - landscape, cityscape, streetlife, people and a bit of macro even. I know this seems crazy and ideally I would get several lenses that would offer me the best for each of those depending on what I was shooting, but my budget really only allows for one lens at the moment so I'm looking for an all-around good practical lens. I just don't feel the kit lens is 'sufficient' for me and I really want to make some steps forward and open up some opportunities for the shots I just can't seem to get with my 18-55.

Rabani offered a good suggestion of going for the Canon EFS 17-85mm F/4-5.6 IS USM but I'm not sure the focal length is enough (I keep thinking back to my trip to Budapest for instance and shooting across the river to Parliament from Fisherman's Bastion and just not getting 'close enough' and with a trip planned to Paris in the spring and one to Finland I don't want to miss out on shots just cause I can't get any closer if that makes sense - cropping can only go so far in these instances as well). Of course others such as the Canon EFS 70-200mm F/4L have been suggested, but I don't want to trudge around with two lenses and feel I'd miss out without the lengths between 18-70 (currently have the Canon 20D kit lense 18-55).

So now that I've rambled and am probably asking for the impossible... any suggestions would be much apppeciated! And that goes for other lens brands as well such as Sigma or Tamron - I've just been so overwhelmed looking I've decided to stick with Canon as a start and go from there.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-03-2006, 03:24 PM
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Default Canon EF 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM VS Canon EF 28-200mm

Well, i've recently bought the 17-85 IS USM lens and i'm pretty happy with it, although you cannot put your life in the hands of the IS, it still works quite good is some ocasions :)

Said that, i think the diferent justify the 28-135 IS USM over the 28-200, but in both cases you're missing a true Wide-Angle, maybe you can keep your 18-55 as a extra lens, for those wide nature shots.

IF you have the money, then you can think about the 17-85 (or 17-40) and another zoom to get the full pack :)
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:17 PM
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Default Re: Canon EF 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM VS Canon EF 28-200mm

As they're both EF lenses would you be losing some of the wide end on a 20D? Given that the 20D, like the 350D, has the smaller sensor (i.e. not the full 35mm size like the more expensive Canons now have).

So you might end up having to take the 18-55 EF-S anyway if you want to get a wide-angled the EF-S 17-85 might be worth getting instead!
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:08 PM
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Default Re: Canon EF 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM VS Canon EF 28-200mm

Hi Cora,
i just read your post and i have to tell you i am exactly at in the same situation as you are. i use the 350d with 18-55 lens and i know how it feels to miss all those far beyond shots, if you can afford some extra money go for the EF 24-105L IS USM f4, i think it would do exaclty what your looking for and its a pro lens with suberb quality.
best regards, sifis
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