Your favorite Wide-Angle and Telephoto lenses under $1,000?

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RussJames
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Your favorite Wide-Angle and Telephoto lenses under $1,000?
May 5, 2012

So I just ordered the Canon t3i (body) and the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, and I'm looking to get a good wide-angle and a decent telephoto lens. I'll probably be looking to buy a wide-angle first and then maybe sometime in the near future invest in a telephoto. My budget is about $800 for both; preferably around $400-600 for wide angle and $150-$400 for the Telephoto, so I'm really looking for the best bang for the buck.
Thanks in advance for any responses.

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Sigma 17-50/2.8 and either Canon 55-250 or Tamron 70-300 VC

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W/A....Tokina 11-16 f/2.8......normal zoom, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (non-BIM) for the budget, the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 EX HSM OS for a few more $$. Telephoto, the Tamron 70-300 VC

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Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 non VC abd Tamron 70-300mm USD VC.

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Have you considered the Canon 15-85 1:3.5-5.6 IS USM?

The wide end is plenty wide for most uses, as is the long end. For amateurs who can't claim that lenses are investments, the Canon 70-300 1:4-5.6 IS USM is an often overlooked lens, which get good reviews. It's a bit dark, but good for birds at the feeding tray and such in daylight. Even cheaper - and not quite as god, is the 55-250. If you want to shoot wildlife at dusk or in dusty or humid environments, it's quite another ballgame.

But of course, it would be easier to help you if you stated what your interests are.
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RussJames wrote:

So I just ordered the Canon t3i (body) and the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, and I'm looking to get a good wide-angle and a decent telephoto lens. I'll probably be looking to buy a wide-angle first and then maybe sometime in the near future invest in a telephoto. My budget is about $800 for both; preferably around $400-600 for wide angle and $150-$400 for the Telephoto, so I'm really looking for the best bang for the buck.
Thanks in advance for any responses.

Everyone here seems to be suggesting you get zoom lenses, which is supprising because zoom lenses are not as sharp, or as fast, or as compact as prime lenses and yet they cost just as much, if not more.

Seriously, if your on a budget you should avoid buying expensive new zooms and look for cheap, high quality, used primes instead.

Not necessarly ones made by Canon though...The sharpest 28mm lens available is the Contax Carl Zeiss 28mm f2.8 Distagon T*.

You haven't said how wide you want to go but if 28mm isn't wide enough then you should really be looking for 14mm-17mm primes instead.

For example, the Sigma 14mm f3.5, the Sigma 14mm f2.8 EX, the Tamron SP 17mm f3.5 or the Tokina 17mm RMC.

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RussJames
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In terms of wide angle its pretty much between...

Sigma 8-16
Tokina 11-16
Canon 10-22
Sigma 10-20 3.5 or 4-5.6

And the canon's probably a bit to pricey for me. So if you have any feedback on the Sigma's and Tokina it would be much appreciated.

Still uncertain about the telephoto. the 70-200mm or 70-300mm would probably be my best bet but I'm no sure which brand or aperture to go with.

I'd prefer spending less than $1000 total (for both lenses together).

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You will find an informed opinion on the UWA zooms here:

https://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/wide-angle/canon-ef-s-10-22mm-f3.5-4.5

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Awesome, they give brief, to the point reviews. I know I've ran across this site before I just couldn't remember what it was called. Thanks.

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For $800 you'll probably buy the 55-250 IS for $190 and sigma 10-20 f/4.5-5.6 for $480, and you still have money for cpl and/or protection filters. Both lenses are pretty good optically, lightweight and best bang/buck.

If you can add a little more cash and are willing to carry a heavier lens, you can buy the tokina 11-16 f/2.8 for $660.

Canon 10-22 and 70-300 ring-USM IS non-L may sound tempting but add little extra for much higher price.
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