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Thomas E. Dillon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/19/2005
 

Best Mid-Zoom for Wildlife and Landscape


I shoot primarily sunrises/sunsets, landscapes, and wildlife. My present lenses are a Sigma 10-20, a Tamron 18-250, a Canon 70-200 f/4 IS, and a Canon 300 f/4 IS. I also use a Canon 1.4X extender. I want to trade my 18-250 for some better L glass, but am torn between Canon's 24-70 f/2.8 and their 28-200 f/4 IS. For my needs, what would y'all recommend. I doubt that I'll use the lens indoors much, and am torn between the faster lens and the IS. I'd like to hear from those with personal experience here. Thanks!


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5/1/2008 10:10:31 AM

 
W.   
I don't think you'll be shooting much wildlife with either a 24-70 f/2.8 or a 28-200 f/4 IS.


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5/1/2008 6:51:27 PM

 
Thomas E. Dillon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/19/2005
  You're right. I meant to say that I was torn between the 24-70 f/2.8 and their 24-105 f/4.0 IS. Not for wildlife, but for mid-level landscapes, etc. I'll use the 300 and the 1.4x for the wildlife. Thanks for correcting me, W.S.


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5/1/2008 6:55:41 PM

 
W.   
Well, OK, let's see then: for landscapes you will need a short telephoto focal length, to combat perspective distortion. That rules out the 24-70. And for landscapes you don't need the aperture on that thing either. The 24-105 has the better suited zoom range, but you also don't need the aperture on this one, nor the IS!, for landscapes. So why pay for them?
You WILL need a good tripod, though.


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5/1/2008 7:11:50 PM

 
W.   
The 24-105 f/4.0 IS is also an excellent 'walk-around' all-purpose lens, though. Good for interiors too. And architectural shots. And perfect for posed portraits and people.


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5/1/2008 7:35:07 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  I have the 24-70 & my friend has the 24-105 and we both like our lenses. Mine is heavier & his has IS but both are sharp. I tend to prefer the f/2.8 for various situations but for landscapes, it wont matter. I use my 17-40mm f/4 L for most of my landscapes.
My 100-400mm L goes go to f/40 and my 17-40 is limited to f/22 and I find it a little sharper at f/18, so I am not getting as much DOF as I would like sometimes. Ansel Adams used to shoot at f/94. I also have a Tamron 28-75mm that goes to f/36 but it is not L quality.
Good Luck with your decision Thomas.


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5/1/2008 7:47:02 PM

 
Thomas E. Dillon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/19/2005
  Thanks, y'all. I appreciate your help. I'll get it figured out pretty soon.


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5/1/2008 8:49:36 PM

 
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