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work = money = camera accessories
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haha! got job, and money, so looking more seriously at getting camera lens. (this means that I'm looking with intent to buy, not just intent to dream).

I'm looking for a telephoto lens, preferably zoom lens (just for convienience, and money [yes! still need to save money]),

I intend to get the EF-s 17-85 f/4.0-5.6 USM IS.
This will replace the kit lens (EF-s 18-55 f/3.5-5.6), as mainly be used as my walk-around lens. I see that it covers the range of the kit lens, just a little wider (can anyone tell the 1mm difference? you look at pictures, not camera lens specs), and a little bit more on the telephoto side.
I like the kit lens because of it's ability to shoot wide angle, and also, without changing lens, able to zoom in a little bit if required. Also, the EF-s 17-85 has USM and IS, which means faster focusing (many people also like the fact that it's silent... which doesn't mean much to me, unless I'm shooting wildlife, or secretly shooting people....), and the IS also seems like a useful feature. (Walk around lens = walk around all day, also when it gets dark).

Are there any other suggestions for a kit-lens replacement? Looking for an upgrade, not a downgrade, so something which can produce sharper images wide open than the kit lens wide open. and the Image stabiliser and USM seem nice too.
A few that seem okay also are the Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 (which seems a lot cheaper, but without the IS) and as my friends suggest, the Canon 28-135 with IS and USM.

What do you all think about this? How do these lenses compare.
I understand that buying an EF-s lens means that if I ever get another camera body which does not cake EF-s lenses, it's no use to me, unless I modify or sell, but I do not plan to get a new camera body soon.

Also, for more telephoto images, I'm interested in the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L.
Other options include 70-200 f/2.8L or 70-200 f/2.8L IS or the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8.
I want the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L, because it's cheaper (yes, I said I had money coming, but not saying how much), and I don't know if I NEED the extra stop of light.
and on top of that, IS. Thinking about what I usually shoot, it's either indoors or outdoors (where else can you shoot? apart from underwater), using telephoto, I usually shoot people or birds. Just thinking if I'll need f/2.8 compared to f/4 and if IS also... and I read on reviews that the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is just as good, and a lot cheaper too. Any suggestions? Please stay on-topic Smile
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work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 4, 2004, 03:41
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 4, 2004, 18:13
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 4, 2004, 18:26
work = money = camera accessories - by pai - Dec 5, 2004, 01:24
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 5, 2004, 05:06
work = money = camera accessories - by gd - Dec 5, 2004, 20:58
work = money = camera accessories - by Toad - Dec 5, 2004, 22:24
work = money = camera accessories - by gd - Dec 5, 2004, 22:44
work = money = camera accessories - by Toad - Dec 5, 2004, 23:17
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 7, 2004, 07:57
work = money = camera accessories - by Toad - Dec 7, 2004, 21:02
work = money = camera accessories - by gd - Dec 7, 2004, 21:25
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 8, 2004, 05:32
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 9, 2004, 07:39
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 13, 2004, 04:45
work = money = camera accessories - by adam - Dec 17, 2004, 07:27

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