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by albacore711 / August 13, 2010 8:23 AM PDT

I'm buying a Canon 7D. I have a choice, same price, of a 18-135 or a 28-135 UMH lens...both are f 3.5-5.6. I'm leaning towards the 18.....any suggestions? Thanks

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I wouldn't get either
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / August 13, 2010 8:54 AM PDT
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If you get a kit lens with the 7D then make sure you get the 15-85mm IS USM(it does come as a kit with the 7D). I have the 28-135IS and it's a decent walk-around lens, but that's on a 30D. You don't want to buy a very expensive DSLR and put a low end consumer lens on it like the 18-135(the 18-55IS kit lens is slight better) or have a poor focal length choice in the 28-135IS. Probably the best choice would be to get the 7D with no kit lens and get the 17-55mm IS USM, but that kicks up the price more.

If you don't have enough money to get a lens that's better than mediocre for the 7D then you should think about getting a 50D instead and buying better lenses, because the lenses will make a bigger difference in the image quality. The Canon Rebel has the same image quality of the 7D and with the money saved, will make it a much better camera in the image quality department. If you need it for sports shooting then plan on spending a lot more money for sports lenses. If it's just for casual shooting then look at the T2i or 50D, which both will perform just as well as the 7D for casual shooting.

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7D
by albacore711 / August 13, 2010 9:27 AM PDT
In reply to: I wouldn't get either

Thanks for a very helpful post....I will do some pricing and investigating.

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Canon 7D
by hjfok / August 13, 2010 10:45 AM PDT
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Most people buy the 7D for action shots. Agree with kalel33's advice.

The best zoom lenses for 7D will be the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. I have both of these lenses and use them a lot, they have great image quality and performance, well worth the money. If you need longer lenses, then look at the fast prime long tele's.

Cheaper choice will be Sigma's 18-50mm f/2.8 ($419) and Sigma's 700-200mm f/2.8 ($800). The image stabilized version is better but kick up the cost by 2x.

In general you should expect to spend more on the lens than the body. I spent less than 1/3 of the budget on my 2 D-SLRs, the other 2/3 are for lenses, flashes, strobes, and other accessories.

Buying a cheap lens will not make the most use of your 7D. You will get better image quality by downgrading the camera body and upgrading the lenses. You won't buy a pair pro performance ski boots and then pair them with some cheap discount skis. You will need some high performance skis to maximize performance. Of course you also need the skills to get the most out of high performance gears too.

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canon 7D
by albacore711 / August 14, 2010 2:21 AM PDT
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Thanks again for the replies.

One lens I'm looking at now is the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

Comments welcome.

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not very wide
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / August 14, 2010 2:31 AM PDT
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The 24-105mm is the equivalent to 38-168mm in a 35mm format. 38mm is not very wide, when an 18mm starting point is 29mm. There is a big difference between 38mm and 29mm. If you never plan on shooting wide angle shots then it's fine.

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24-105mm f /4L IS
by hjfok / August 14, 2010 10:24 AM PDT
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I have this lens as a general kit lens for my 5D Mk II. This is a very good lens, aperture is not as wide but f/4 with IS can work for most general conditions, need to use flash indoors though.

This is a very good choice for FULL FRAME D-SLR like the 5D Mk II. It does not have much wide angle for the 7D. The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS is better suited as general purpose lens for the 7D, and I have this one on my older 30D most of the time. Personally I like the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS better than my 24-105mm f/4L IS, because the f/2.8 performs better in low light.

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17-55
by albacore711 / August 15, 2010 11:08 AM PDT
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Thanks all....after further review....i will be purchasing the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS for my 7D.

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