wide telephoto lens Canon 24-70 F2.8mm

Started Jul 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: wide telephoto lens Canon 24-70 F2.8mm
In reply to abeita1, Jul 29, 2012

If your need for indoor and low light photography is small then the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens is a good choice.

The image quality of the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM or the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is better but that of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is very good. If you close it down by even one stop from the widest aperture then you should be very happy with this lens.

The biggest drawback of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens is the small size of the widest aperture, especially at longer focal lengths. This reduces the low light focusing ability of the camera. This makes taking photos indoors harder and you will have to rely on the focus aid flashes from the built in flash much of the time.

A good option is buy an used first generation image stabilized EF 24-70mm f/2.8L I USM. The image stabilization is only good for 2 stops, not 3 stops like that of the second generation. It is a lot less expensive, if you can find one, and the image quality is only very slightly less. 99% of the time you wouldn't even notice the difference..

Add a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II, which is only about $150 new, or even less if bought as the kit lens with the camera. This lens has very good image quality. The aperture does limit it somewhat indoors but it is a fine lens for outdoor scenics.

A final option is to get either a Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di or a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM instead of the Canon 24-70mm lens. These are less expensive than the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and the image quality is very good. I have the Tamron and love it.

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