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David Israel , Feb 05, 2011; 10:16 p.m.

Ok... I am sure this has been asked a 1000 times before, but I have not been on for a while and I am seriously looking to buy a new lens for my new Canon 7D. I am looking for the "Best" walk around lens. I am not concerned with the cost as I am looking to get something that will stay with me for a while. Anyway I currently own the following lenses and I am willing to sell some to make room in my bag for the new one. I enjoy all type of photography... from Macro to landscape and everything in between.. I would really appreciate any advice.
Lenses Currently Owned:
1. Canon 50MM 1.8 ($100.00 One)
2. Canon 70-300MM 4-5.6 IS USM
3. Canon 100MM 2.8 Macro (Love this one)
4. Canon 10-22MM 3.5-4.5 (Love this one)
5. Canon 28-105MM 3.5-4.5 (Weak walk around)
6. Canon 28-80MM 3.5-5.6 (Kit lens from my first Canon film camera)
7. Tamron 19-35MM 3.5-4.5




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Daniel Charette , Feb 05, 2011; 10:25 p.m.

Canon 24-105 F/4 IS USM

Peter Y , Feb 05, 2011; 10:27 p.m.

Second the 24-105... love it on my 7D

James (Jim) Johnson , Feb 05, 2011; 10:38 p.m.

To me at least, 24mm is fine on a full frame sensor, but on a crop sensor such as your 7D 24mm is not very wide.
I have the Canon 50D and my walk around is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, and would be my thoughts, . . .the f/2.8 aperture is nice indoors and out, with and without flash.

Brad - , Feb 05, 2011; 10:44 p.m.

Another vote for the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. Was what I used for street photography and street portraiture on my crop body. Superb for both.

David Israel , Feb 05, 2011; 10:57 p.m.

Brad and Jim, How does the Tamron perform in low light conditions? Indoors?

Daniel Lee Taylor , Feb 05, 2011; 10:58 p.m.

Either the Canon 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, depending on whether you value reach or aperture.

Marcus Ian , Feb 05, 2011; 11:06 p.m.

If you don't have a specific budgetary limit in mind, a better option may be the 17-55/2.8 IS (as opposed to the tamron). Its IS and USM w/ full time manual focus make it a bit more flexible than either the Tamron or the Sigma.
24-105 is a good lens, just not a great lens, and on the crop it's not going to give the width that you'd expect to need on a walkaround, of course mileage may vary, but I've shot with it on the crop, and simply wasn't satisfied with it's performance.

Nathan Gardner , Feb 05, 2011; 11:51 p.m.

Looks like you have good glass in super wide, tele, and macro. I'd sell 5, 6, and 7 and get a good normal zoom. There's plenty of options out there, you just have to find out which fits your needs best. Off the top of my head, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, and 24-105mm f/4L IS come to mind as great choices.

Philip Wilson , Feb 06, 2011; 12:04 a.m.

I find that my 24-70 f2.8 is a bit too long on my 7D (it is perfect on full frame) so I suspect the 24-105 will be the same (it is effectively 38.5 - 168 mm). I personally use the 16-35 F2.8 II on my 7D for general use but this is an expensive lens unless you also shoot full frame. Thus I suggest a lens like the 17-40 F4 or the EF-S 17-55 F2.8. If you want to sell something 5,6,7 look like good candidates but I suspect that you may find they are worth so little it is better to just keep them.

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