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Which all around general purpose lens should I get??

Canon 24-70 2.8 V1
7 (12.5%)
Upcoming Canon 24-70 2.8 V2
11 (19.6%)
New Tamron 24-70 2.8
2 (3.6%)
Canon 17-55 2.8
18 (32.1%)
Other
18 (32.1%)

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Voting closed: June 09, 2012, 03:28:16 PM

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Best general purpose lens?
« on: June 02, 2012, 03:28:16 PM »
I've been back and forth for months now on which my best choice for a good all purpose walk around lens would be.  I take mostly wildlife, old buildings, old gravestones, some sunrise/sunsets....basically everything.  I do like some zoom on it, but already have a 70-300, so don't need too much.  I'm using a T2i with the 18-55 kit and ready to upgrade.  I'd appreciate any help on this.

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2012, 04:03:18 PM »
17-55mm assuming you mean for an APS-C body.  A general purpose zoom should cover wide to short tele, and 24mm on APS-C is normal, not wide.
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Re: Best general purpose lens?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 05:49:12 PM »
17-55mm assuming you mean for an APS-C body.  A general purpose zoom should cover wide to short tele, and 24mm on APS-C is normal, not wide.

+1.  It was my most used lens on a crop body.

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2012, 06:46:25 PM »
17-55mm assuming you mean for an APS-C body.  A general purpose zoom should cover wide to short tele, and 24mm on APS-C is normal, not wide.

Probably this for a crop, or the 17-85. Dunno about quality on either one, but for FF I'd go 24-105L, I found it a better all around lens personally than the 24-70 due to the bit of extra reach and IS for most situations.
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Re: Best general purpose lens?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2012, 06:58:09 PM »
24 - 105 f/4L for full frame, 15 - 85 for crop. Both cover wide angle to telephoto with excellent image quality.

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Re: Best general purpose lens?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2012, 03:04:41 PM »
24 - 105 f/4L for full frame, 15 - 85 for crop. Both cover wide angle to telephoto with excellent image quality.

For me, on FF, 24-105 f/4L IS hands down.  On a 7D, for example, 15-85mm as well.  Both are good enough at IQ if you do your part correctly.

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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012, 10:46:45 PM »
If you plan to shoot in lower light situations the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 would be a good choice, but with your current lens you’ll have a 15mm gap between 55 and 70.  The EF-S 15-85 would be my choice for daytime shots.  If you plan to move to FF soon, the 24-105 L is a good choice, but it left me dissatisfied with my T3i and 40D as it wasn’t wide enough.

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Re: Best general purpose lens?
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2012, 12:46:06 AM »
For your T2i, out of those you mentioned, only the 17-55mm ef-s is really suitable.  It will cost less and be better.
 
 
 

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2012, 12:47:52 AM »
17-55 f2.8 IS...a MUST have lens for crop
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2012, 05:41:04 AM »
Everyone is pointing at the 17-55 f2.8 IS. Follow my finger...it's pointing at the 17-55 f2.8 IS too!
For a general purpose lens for APS-C it just can't be beat.

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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2012, 09:15:36 AM »
I agree the 17-55 makes great images, but its a dust collector! If you dont mind your 1000$ plus lens filled with dust then go ahead. But for that price id go 24-105L.  i use it on my 7D and love it. 17 mm is not wide enough for me anyways and like the extra reach more.  If i want wide ill go 10-22.  Now on my 5D3 the 24-105 is perfect. But still carry the 16-35 for when i want to go wide.  Like with any lens you just adapt. But i wasnt comfortable using a lens that expensive that filled with dust after a couple weeks use. Go with L's and you will surely be pleased. I certainly am!
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Re: Best general purpose lens?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2012, 09:17:28 AM »
From your list the 17-55 f/2.8. But if you are shooting outdoors and need more W/A than your 18-55 kit lens gives you for those "old buildings" the 15-85 would probably be a better choice.

The 17-55 f/2.8 will give you almost the same view as your 18-55 kits lens. If you are happy with the kit lens and the 55-70 gap does not bother you the 2.8 would work for you with better IQ than the kit lens. If you could use something wider and longer that overlaps the 70-300 the 15-85 is a great lens. There is not very much "wide" in any of the 24-70 lenses.

A lot of folks like the 24-105 on their Full Frame bodies and the 15-85 on a crop body has the same field of view as a 24-135 would have on a FF.
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Re: Best general purpose lens?
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2012, 10:29:07 AM »
...for those "old buildings" the 15-85 would probably be a better choice.

Not to throw in another variable but keep in mind the 15-85 has extreme distortion at 15mm and may not be suitable for those buildings, that was one of the reasons I sold mine.  Otherwise I think this is an excellent EF-S lens--IQ, build, focal length.

I agree the 17-55 makes great images, but its a dust collector! ...
I do think this is a valid concern especially if you live in a high particulate area like I do in the southwest USA.   Most state the dust does not impact IQ, some claim they have no dust while others claim their lens is full of dust.  Haven't owned the lens but I'm guessing environment and amount of zooming are the contributing factors.

Options to consider:

- 17-55
- 15-85
- 10-22 plus 24-105 (not a single lens walk-around like you are seeking)

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2012, 10:34:19 AM »
I agree the 17-55 makes great images, but its a dust collector! If you dont mind your 1000$ plus lens filled with dust then go ahead. But for that price id go 24-105L.  i use it on my 7D and love it. 17 mm is not wide enough for me anyways and like the extra reach more.  If i want wide ill go 10-22.  Now on my 5D3 the 24-105 is perfect. But still carry the 16-35 for when i want to go wide.  Like with any lens you just adapt. But i wasnt comfortable using a lens that expensive that filled with dust after a couple weeks use. Go with L's and you will surely be pleased. I certainly am!

IF it does...it will NOT affect IQ. For crop body, I take this lens over 24-105 L anytime.

If I ever go back to crop, the 1st lens I will buy is 17-55 f2.8 IS.

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Re: Best general purpose lens?
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2012, 11:37:11 AM »
Well it may or may not effect the IQ. But would you really buy a 1000$ lens that the front glass was covered in dust, that you cannot clean off? If so have fun with that. Mine only took a couple weeks before it was filled with junk.  On the bright side you wont have to bother with the lens cap! Yeah....
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