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Question: Main lens for 20D
EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM - 54 (56.3%)
EF 24-70mm f2.8 L USM - 42 (43.8%)
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jimh009
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« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2005, 11:20:39 PM »
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I chose the 17-40L as my main lens for the 20d I just got.

The reason for this was to me pretty obvious. First, if I got the kit with EF-S 18-85 lens, the cost was 2K. If I got the body with the L glass lens, the cost was 2,080 - or 80 dollars more to get a quality L glass. And the L lens came with the hood and bag - something that the 18-85 did not, adding additional cost.

Secondly, I shoot primarily wide angle - taking landscape photographs. Sharpness at the wide end was a most definite requirement. While I've read some good things, including on this site, about the EF-S lens, I've read many better things about the 17-40L here and over at photography review.

Third, the L glass works on my Elan 7. The EF-S will work only on the 20D and other Canon cameras that may happen to use this mount in the future. I saw no point in getting a lens that only works on the 20d when at some point it seems likely that I will want to get (may be a few years down the road!) a full-frame camera as their price comes down as it inevitably will.

As for telephoto, I currently have a 2.8 100mm lens which of course becomes 160mm on the 20D.

And for only moderate telephoto work, I find that the f1.8 50mm lens works just fine.

Just my two cents.

Jim
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tieno
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2005, 03:36:30 PM »
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As anyone tried the sigma 18-125mm?
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ijrwest
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2005, 04:50:00 PM »
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Unless you are getting poor results from the 18-55 I would hang on to it. It's a useful range for the 20D. If you are not interested in big prints, you have most to gain from extending your focal length range. To do that I would add the 70-200f4L. Next add the 10-22 and then the Tamron 28-75.

Iain West
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