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Kathleen Brennan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/3/2006

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I am interested in a landscape lens for my Canon 30D. I have looked at the Canon EF 24-105 f/4 IS lens and wonder how it compares to the Canon 28-135 IS lens. I notice the 28-135 is significantly cheaper. Any opinions?

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10/23/2006 7:13:43 AM

Glenn E. Urquhart
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/3/2006
  Hi Kathleen - Had to upgrade from a 20D to a 5D (long story). Loved the 20D and had an EFS 17-85mm IS USM lens. Excellent combo for landscapes, which is my main focus. Could not use the EFS lens on the 5D and bought the 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens. The quality is beyond belief! Well worth the price! Now that said, the 5D has a 35mm format sized sensor. That means I truly get a 24mm wide angle lens to a 105 telephoto. On the 30D, your sensor is the same as a 20D, which means you would be getting a minimum of 38mm, which is not much of a wide angle lens. The 28-135 IS, you would not get any wide angle lens.
My advise, would be look at the EFS 17-85mm lens, which will give you wide angle and a good telephoto (35mm format equivalent is 28 to 135mm), great lens for landscapes.
Hope this helps! Good luck with your choice, Cheers, Glenn.

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10/23/2006 1:08:26 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  single focal length for's just better glass.

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10/23/2006 9:25:52 PM

John P. Sandstedt
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I have the 17-85 mm for my 30D and love it, although there are reports on a chromation aberation issue with it [that I've not noticed.

Tamron has just come out with a 17-50 mm lens that's worth looking at. It's equivalent to a 28-80 mm traditional lens and might be well suited to landscapes. I personally think the range is too narrow, but the f/2.8 speed is inviting.

Based on the fact that the major manufacturers seem to be producing many more zooms [in a variety of ranges,] it's no longer clear than fixed focal length lenses assure better images.

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10/24/2006 7:50:29 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  after thinking about this for a while,you guys are right.sometimes there is something distracting or unappealing in a scene.guess I can save myself some walking.

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10/26/2006 1:45:58 PM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Well Kathleen, with your FOVCF, will "38mm" be wide enough for you? I believe there's a Sigma 10-22 or something close to that. That should get you in pretty wide. That'd be "simulating" a 15-33mm lens. That's got everything from ultra-wide, to just wide.

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10/26/2006 9:45:48 PM

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