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Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       01-27-2009, 8:50 AM Reply   
What you recommend for a good general purpose lens when I don't want to carry a backpack full of lenses around?

I want something in the Canon "L" series that I can take with me on vacations and such.

I have the following other lenses:
EFS 18-55mm IS Kit Lens
50mm f/1.4 (my favorite lens now)
70-300mm Canon IS (great boat lens)
100-400mm L Series
Tokina 11X18 Wide Angle
Old    Clubmyke (clubmyke)      Join Date: Aug 2004       01-27-2009, 9:09 AM Reply   
canon 24-70 f2.8 L (used 90% of the time).

expensive but worth it.
Old    Brad Webb (04outback)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-27-2009, 9:13 AM Reply   
I am looking at this Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 for my Nikon right now.. I have used one on my Bro in law's D200. It covers a pretty good bit of ground. Not too pricey.
http://www.adorama.com/SG18200EOS.html
Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       01-27-2009, 9:32 AM Reply   
Clubmyke-

Are you using a full frame or a 1.6 camera with that lens? Do you ever wish for a little more zoom?
I am using a Rebel XSi which I like a lot.
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-27-2009, 12:37 PM Reply   
17-40L f/4
Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       01-27-2009, 5:16 PM Reply   
I second the 17 - 40
Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       01-27-2009, 5:49 PM Reply   
Guys- is the 17-40 going to be OK indoors with no flash? I guess for those kind of shots I could just use the 50mm f/1.4
Old    Phantom (phantom5815)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-27-2009, 6:46 PM Reply   
canon 24-70 f2.8 L

Does it weigh a ton like the Nikon version?
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-27-2009, 6:59 PM Reply   

quote:

Guys- is the 17-40 going to be OK indoors with no flash?




A 2.8 lens would be the way to go if your shooting no flash indoors.
Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       01-27-2009, 7:53 PM Reply   
I hear the 2.8 version is much heavier and over twice the price!
Old    Evil0ne (evil0ne)      Join Date: Sep 2006       01-27-2009, 8:41 PM Reply   
According to Canon it weighs 2.1 pounds.
Old    MAC (mac_attack)      Join Date: Oct 2003       01-27-2009, 10:10 PM Reply   
canon 24-70 f2.8 L
or
24-105L.

I have the 24-70 and it's a very sharp copy that always puts a smile on my face.
Never used the 24-105 but the larger range would be nice but you lose the F2.8 for F4.

I had a 17-40 and hardly ever used it. Edge sharpness wasn't to good and wasn't as sharp as my other lenses.
Old    Scott (scott_a)      Join Date: Dec 2002       01-27-2009, 10:47 PM Reply   
Phantom- yes, the Canon 24-70 f2.8 is a tank.

Thumbs up to the 24-105mm f4 canon lens.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       01-27-2009, 10:57 PM Reply   
My vote is for the 24-105L as well. Nice weight /balance on a 5D or 1 series, quite a bit lighter then the 24-70. Plus there is something about that 24-70 zooming backwards that I could never get used to.

On a 1.6X sensor the 17-40 is very nice.

17-50 f2.8 efs if you have an efs body.

Sigma 18-200 is relatively sharp but AF's like a dog on Canon bodies.
Old    Clubmyke (clubmyke)      Join Date: Aug 2004       01-29-2009, 1:33 AM Reply   
rob,

it is used on a 1.6 body (40d).

the lens is little on the heavy side but i dont care. it covers a lot of bases - f 2.8, wide angle, portrait, sharp, and decent zoom.

i sold my 17-40 in favor of the 24-70 and never looked back.

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