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 Post subject: 40D Buyer needs a lens
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:30 pm 
Hi all, great site - been browsing for several weeks now and the info here is top notch.

Anyway, decided to buy an EOS 40D and I am struggling to decide on the lens to pair it with. Had a play in Warehouse Express on Sat (nice people) with the Canon 17-85 and the 24-105L.

Have read reviews of the 17-85 and they're pretty poor, but I was concerned that the 24 would not be wide enough for everyday use.
Having played with it I really don't see that as an issue so I'd pretty much decided on the 24-105L.

Trouble is I've just read another thread here about the 28-135 and now I'm in two minds again :?

Question is, would I really notice the difference in the L lens to justify the extra wonga?
thanks guys.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:33 pm 
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Hi hairyfrog,

A warm welcome to the CameraLabs forums.

You can see from my signature the choices I made. I buy lenses on the assumption that they will still be in use 10 or 15 years from now. At the risk of confusing you, initial test reports on the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS look good (see this post). It's a very different proposition to the 24-105 but if you aren't planning to go full-frame somewhere down the line it could be a way of releasing funds for an EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM. That way you are covered from 18mm through to 200mm (I doubt you would miss the 55mm to 70mm coverage). The 70-200mm f4/L is also compatible with the EF 1.4x Converter so, for the future, an extra £200 would get you to 280mm at f/5.6 with IS.

That said, I rarely miss the ability to go wider than 24mm so the 24-105 lens is my perfect walk around lens.


P.S. Don't forget the Canon cashback promotion only has another month or so to run. :idea:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:59 pm 
Hi hairyfrog.
I had the same conflict, and decided that 24mm is not wide enough for me, since I'm taking a lot of pictures at 18mm (28mm equivalent).
So finally I've decided to go for the 17-55 f/2.8 as the main lens, and I'll probably buy the 70-200L f/4 in the future to complete the range to 200mm.
Anyway, if you're afraid that 24mm won't be wide enough, don't go for the 28-135 (in my opinion), and buy the 24-105L or something like the 17-55 (which has great reviews even though it's not L).
Sorry about bringing another lens into your dilemma.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:02 am 
˄ ˄ what Bob said also see my signature add the 10-22 and you have the perfect combo imho

 Post subject: thanks
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:21 pm 
thanks for the comments guys, I am now the happy owner of a 40D and 24-105L

 Post subject: Re: thanks
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:43 am 
hairyfrog wrote:
thanks for the comments guys, I am now the happy owner of a 40D and 24-105L

Don't forget to add your new gear in your signature :D and congratulations on your new purchase, now you need to start thinking about saving for the next lens the 70-200mm f4 L IS USM is a brilliant bit of kit

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:49 pm 
Yep, the 70-200 is definitely on my wish list. I have an archaic sigma 70-300 so it will be interesting to see how the 40D exposes the lack of quality!

God that 24-105 is sharp :):)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:50 pm 
Also bare in mind that the Field of View Crop Factor (Focal Length Multiplier) or in other words, smaller than 35mm, for a 40D is 1.6.

So times 24 and 105 by 1.6 gives you it true 35mmm equivalent.

That's a great lens. Have fun.

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