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 Post subject: Lens confusion.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:33 pm 
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I am new to the world of digital photography so sorry if my question is a little tame. I have a canon eos and i went on a little bit of a spending spree on ebay and bought a combination of lenses. i know that the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS F3.5-6 Image Stabilizer Zoom IS is probably the best lens in the selection but i also have a Canon EF 35-80 mm f/4.0-5.6 ULTRA SONIC and a Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 Lens. Is there any point in me keeping the latter 2 or do they offer any advantage with the 55-80 or 55-90 increased coverage. i know the first lens has image stability and a lower f stop than the other 2 but is there any advantage to having the extra focal length or should i opt for something say 70 to 200mm. thank you for any replies in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Lens confusion.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:50 pm 
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The latter two lenses are very old and were made for the cheaper end of film cameras of its time. Quality probably isn't up to much, if my 28-80 is anything to go by (came with a film camera with other bits). Suggest you try it at the longer end and see if you like it or not.

The 70-200 series of lenses from Canon are generally speaking all great, but also relatively expensive compared to this level. You might also consider getting the EF-S 55-250 (any version) as that is like the 18-55 IS lenses in that it is good and cheap.

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 Post subject: Re: Lens confusion.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:51 pm 
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Well... the older two lenses are not really useful when you have an 18-55mm IS lens. The additional range up to 90mm might be useful somewhere outside when you don't need the wide angle but then any other lens with an higher zoom range would be at least just as nice. Older lenses which are pretty nice and still affordable are the 70-210mm 3.5-4.5 USM (USM! No other version! It has a very fast ring USM and it's optically quite OK) or the 100-300mm 4.5-5.6 USM (about the same lens, just more reach but it gets less light).

I have the 100-300mm USM for its reach as my second tele zoom next to my quite heavy 100-400mm lens; the 70-210mm leaves less room between the 18-55mm and you get better shutter speeds with the aperture that ends where the 100-300mm begins. Both lenses look the same:

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(here with its lens hood, which doesn't have the bayonet mount you are used to with newer lens hoods)


OK, if you want to go for a newer lens you could look for a used Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 or a new Tamron 70-300mm 4-5.6 VC.

Short: You really don't need the 35-80mm, the 28-90mm is OK sometimes but both of them are neither great performers nor do they have an wide angle on the crop sensor nor do they have a really useful tele range.

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 Post subject: Re: Lens confusion.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:54 pm 
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Thank you very much you two for taking the time to reply. Pretty much what i thought really, i will keep a look out for the 100-300mm 4.5-5.6 USM not too interested about the third party ones i have some sigma lenses but they will only operate at certain aperture levels and error out if i change them.


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 Post subject: Re: Lens confusion.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:31 pm 
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That happens with old Sigma lenses as Canon changed something on their cameras. Newer Sigma lenses and all Tamron lenses work without problems. Still Tamron increased their image quality pretty much within the last few years. I wouldn't worry about the new Tamron lenses and their quality.

The 100-300mm has the higher reach but now I think the 70-210mm USM might have been the better choice for its aperture. But OK, I'm really happy with my 100-300mm though. One example shot (EOS 500D / T1i + 100-300mm USM): https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9 ... directlink

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 Post subject: Re: Lens confusion.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:22 pm 
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Oh right i will keep a look out for those then and keep that in mind. thank you.


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