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Welcome to the 538th issue of SnapShot!

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Photo Q&A

1: What's Your Favorite Walking-Around Lens?
I'm just curious about BetterPhoto members' favorite lens in their kit - you know, the all-around workhorse in your bag. Particularly as applies to outdoors and landscapes. I've been working with an image stabilized EFS 55-250 by Canon, but I'm falling out of love with it ... considering a new purchase. I wish I could afford something sexy like a 70-200 f2.8, but sadly, that's not going to happen any time soon. So? What's YOUR favorite? And why?
- Ann Varley
Nikon user here. The 18-200VR lens stays on my camera. I only take it off for the 105VR for macro or the 80-400VR for birds and sports.
- Randy  A. Myers
I like the Canon F4 24-105mm lens (L series).
- Ken Smith
Is your EOS an APS-C sensor, or full frame? For my 5DII, I keep a 35mm Leica R on it that fits my slow, deliberate shooting style. For me (maybe not you), that 35 or equivalent fits most of what I do. If I had an APS-C DSLR, I'd use an EF 24 that crops to about a 38. I prefer prime lenses, but that's what I learned on. Typically, I go out with a 35 and an 85. I see nothing sexy about a drain-pipe-size zoom. My 70-200 f4 L is my special-purpose lens - too big and heavy to carry on the camera for long, but perfect for when I need the reach.
- Doug Nelson
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