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Canon EOS users...a few questions, please.
Old 02-08-2006, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1) If I were to try to limit my lens selection (and lighten the load I have to carry) what 'all around' lense would you suggest. I'm thinking something in the range of 50 to 300 zoom. I know that I'll probably lose some crispness not going with prime lenses but my right shoulder is buggered up and my camera bag is getting heavier and heavier with every new(old) lens I get.

2) What is the model number of the Canon tele-zoom that is push-pull and not twist? I'm wanting to do some zoom effects in-camera.

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Re: Canon EOS users...a few questions, please.
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Personally, I carry three lenses in my bag. A 75-300, 28-105 and a 50mm f/1.4. I have yet to find a situation that I needed a different lens other than those.

If I understand your second question correctly, you are looking for the lens that, when zoomed, does not rotate. Both my 28-105 and 75-300 work that way, no rotation. If there is another type, I am not sure on it.
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Re: Canon EOS users...a few questions, please.
Old 02-08-2006, 10:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There's nothing wrong with today's zooms, thats about all I use. Anyway, two things you need to consider. First, which camera format are you using? A 24-105mm zoom (which I have) gives you a different effective range on a 20D with its 1.6x factor than a 5D (which I have), which would give you the real zoom range. What are shooting? How far do you need to zoom? What kind of f-stops do you like? How heavy do you want your lenses? I have the 24-105mm f4 and the 70-200mm f2.8 because I like constant f-stops, but they do have some weight to them (especially the 70-200mm). You can get lenses in the 50-300 range, but they have shifting f-stops, the largest of which might be f4.5 or f5.6. Can you live with that? (I can't). BTW, I have long-time pro friend who uses the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 lens with a 20D and says its tack sharp and weighs almost nothing.

Regarding push-pull zoom. Personally, I find it much easier to do that trick with a twist zoom than a pull zoom, but that's just me, and I haven't done it lately.

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Re: Canon EOS users...a few questions, please.
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I have two walking around lens that I often use. They are quite small, but cover a wide range. One is a Tamron 28-300 and the other a Sigma 18-125. If I have no idea where I'll be, then I go with the Sigma.

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The 70-200mm f2.8 L, or it's IS version for your first question..

The 35-350 f3.5 - f5.6 L zoom, which is now discontinued, however, I believe the 28-300 L lens is also a push pull lens too.. Don't know,..I never see them..

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The 100-400 L IS is also a push-pull from what I have read.

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