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I am using a Canon 1000D with the 18-55mm kit lens for the past 2.5 years, and I am thinking of upgrading to a 24-105mm lens. In this lens a good choice for the 1000D? I am thinking of upgrading to a 7d in about 6 months.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by AJ Henderson, mattdm, MikeW, Paul Cezanne, John Cavan Dec 3 '13 at 0:37

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Without some information on your intended usage, it is impossible to tell if this lens would be suitable for your purposes. The only time that the camera you are using matters is if you move to a full frame camera, you lose support for EF-s lenses. – AJ Henderson Nov 29 '13 at 18:15
There are quite a few lenses that might be considered now that either weren't yet available or were priced higher than $1000 when the other question was asked. – Michael Clark Dec 2 '13 at 14:58

Yes the lens is good for every EOS :-). No reason why not to upgrade especially when you plan to buy a 7D. Will give you a nice boost in image quality.

But consider that you lose some mm in wide angle. If you make a lot of photos with range of 18-23 mm than you may think about another lens.

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here is a video on youtube that i found useful for getting more expensive lenses. – thebtm Dec 2 '13 at 19:54

Only if you always shoot in bright light and don't need a wider Field of View (FoV) than what the 24-105 provides on an APS-C camera OR you are happy with the performance of your 18-55 kit lens at wider focal lengths. Since you plan to stay with APS-C cameras for the foreseeable future, I would recommend the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8L IS instead. It allows you to keep shooting at wider angles than the EF 24-105mm f/4 IS and also gives you a one stop faster maximum aperture. Canon recently lowered the suggested price of this lens and it is available for about the same price as the 24-105. Of course you give up the longer reach on the long end in exchange for the wider angle on the short end.

I own the EF 24-105mm f/4 IS and it is my favorite all purpose "walk around" lens - when mounted on a full frame body. But if I'm looking for a single general purpose lens for an APS-C body I go with my Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 DI II which is a very similar lens to the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.

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+1 for recommending the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (though it is not officially an L but it acts like it!). A superb choice if staying in the APS-C realm with the 7D. I used that lens with both Canon 350D and 7D, and it was a real star. Outstanding image quality, large aperture, and image stabilisation. – Mike Dec 2 '13 at 15:33

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