Good all around budget lens

Started Dec 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
tkbslc Forum Pro • Posts: 11,796
Re: Good all around budget lens

28-135 is not a good option.  It was designed for film cameras, where 28-135 was a do-everything range.  But you already have 55-250 covered, so then it's only going to be useful for 28-54mm and you will definitely, without a doubt, miss 18-27mm.  It's a key range.

If you liked the 18-55 IS, you can pick another up used for $100 easy.  If you want to use this as an opportunity to upgrade, I would seriously consider one of these lenses, depending on budget:

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 (used only) - wider range, faster aperture, 1:2 macro capability, great optics, No image stabilization

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 OS  - newer version of the above lens, adds stabilization and faster telephoto aperture, but regarded as slightly less sharp

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 - sharp with a fast f2.8 aperture at all focal lengths.  Great for everything you used the 18-55 IS for, but also more bg blur in portraits, and faster shutter speeds in low light.

Sigma 17-50mm OS.  - Basically like the Tamron 17-50, but quieter focusing and image stabilization

Canon 15-85mm IS USM - it's the "pro" version of the 18-55 kit lens.   Sharper optics, wider and longer zoom, fast quiet focusing.  Same slow f3.5-5.6 max aperture.

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