I have a Rebel T2i, I was wondering what standard zoom lens is the best around $600. I'm mainly shooting landscapes / cities / peoples. I've done some research and came up with 17-50, 18-55 from Tamron / Sigma & Canon. What do you guys think?
I can vouch for Canon 15-85mm lens. Great on wide angle side as well as telephoto side. Awesome L series image quality.
Several things stand out to me:
- It's very fast & quiet in focusing; (because of USM)
- The image quality is awesome, in my opinion, as good as some of the L series lens. Image is sharp and color is rich, also has great bokeh.
- It has 15mm on the wide angle side which allow you to stand up very close to your subject and still get a full shot. Also great for landscape
- It has 85mm on the telephoto end, which is better than most typical kit lens (which around 55mm).
- from 15-85mm focal length allow you a very wide range of shot, that is why it's my all around walk around lens.
Check out my flickr photo albums to get an idea how good the lens is
Canon 15-85mm does have some drawbacks:
- It has very slight vignetting in wide angle (most of time it doesn't have vignetting); it also has a slight barrel effect on wide angle (most of the time don't).
- It's kind of heavy (probably about 2 pounds).
- It's quite expensive, but well worth the money - around $760.
Regarding the two draw backs I experienced (keep in mind that I've been using this lens for about 5 years now took thousands of shots): - slight vignetting could be corrected with software such as photoshop, so it happens rarely but when it does it's not much of a problem to fix - The Barrel effect could be easily corrected (perfectly) with Adobe camera Raw, then you just select your lens profile, ACR can correct it perfectly. It's one more step when it becomes an issue, but fixable easily.
I do wish it's a little lighter but the weight comes from the good optic material nothing could be done here.
I bought the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 one month ago and I'm really happy with it. It's really sharp and very bright considering the f/2.8 for all the focal length. I found on an online store for about 400€ that is ~570$. I haven't used it a lot yet, but I'm very happy with it....it's a little heavy for my EOS 500D, if that matters something:)
When I was looking for buying a new lens I was stuck between the Tamron and the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 but after reading a lot of review I found a lot of people really satisfied for the Tamron, and it's much cheaper than the Canon. So I totally agree with buying it:)!
I bought the 28-70mm f/2.8 from Sigma and I'm really happy about it. Having a f/2.8 lens (or lower) really expands your pictures opportunities if you don't want to use your flash. If I had about 600$ to put on a lens, maybe I would look at the Sigma 17-50 2.8 EX DC OS http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/689620-REG/Sigma_583101_17_50mm_F2_8_EX_DC.html
Not only it has a nice maximum aperture, but it's also optically stabilized, giving you maybe an extra 2–4 stops slower (exposures 4–16 times longer).
I'm a fan of Sigma, but The Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 seems nice too, is less expensive, but lacks optical stabilization. It's for you to decide if it's worth an extra 200$