Best all purpose lens

Started Jul 1, 2013 | Questions thread
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zoom or low-light ... or fast standard zoom?
In reply to kiwwest, Jul 2, 2013

what don't you like about the 18-135mm?  do you feel you need to zoom more?  or do you need better pictures in low-light?

i find that lenses generally fall into 3 categories:  zoom lenses, low-light lenses ... if you choose to zoom, you lose the ability to function well in low light ... if you choose to take photos in low light, you lose zoom range ...

there are superzooms (like 18-270mm) that don't perform well when light is low and there are low-light primes (f/2, f/1.8, f/1.4, etc) that don't zoom at all ...

the 3rd category of lenses tries to do both -- fast standard zooms ... they usually come with a zoom range of about 3x (17-5_mm) with a fixed aperture of f/2.8 ... canon, sigma, tamron all make one with prices from about $500 to $1000 ... sigma also has a 18-35mm f/1.8 zoom which is very well-regarded, but you can see that as you get more low-light performance (f/1.8) you lose the ability to zoom (2x instead of 3x) ...

if you find you don't need the low-light performance, consider the 15-85mm ... it has a very handy zoom range for conditions you may find during the day on vacation ... sigma also has the 17-70 f/2.8-4 which gives up just a little low-light performance for more zoom range ...

whatever works for you ...

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