ART Lens recommendations for beginner with XTi

Sharpie

New Member
May 16, 2004
12,207
Seattle
I'm very new to DSLRs and after much research just picked up a Canon Rebel XTi body and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. I am now looking to buy a second lens.

I was originally considering the much-recommended Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di LD, but decided I want to shoot wider than 28mm.

I'm now thinking the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is my best bet, but I haven't heard much talk about it in the forums. It's definitely at the upper end of my price range, so I was looking for anyone's personal experiences with it and whether it would be a good investment.

Recommendations? Other lenses? Thanks
 

captainwang

New Member
Oct 30, 2003
252
Sharpie said:
I'm very new to DSLRs and after much research just picked up a Canon Rebel XTi body and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. I am now looking to buy a second lens.

I was originally considering the much-recommended Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di LD, but decided I want to shoot wider than 28mm.

I'm now thinking the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is my best bet, but I haven't heard much talk about it in the forums. It's definitely at the upper end of my price range, so I was looking for anyone's personal experiences with it and whether it would be a good investment.

Recommendations? Other lenses? Thanks

i have the 17-85..i really like it as an walk around lens..decent range..and it has IS....
 

CornUponCob

Active Member
Oct 3, 2001
15,299
Tamron 17-50 is my recomendation. Super sharp, great colors, constant 2.8, very minimal flare, reasonably priced $430.

The canon 17-85 may have an attactive range and IS, but it's a full stop slower on the wide end. At 50mm it's probably 1.66 or 1.33 stops slower than the Tamron. IQ from that lens is regarded as average.
 

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