A&P Backpacking Lens?

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  1. Balzak

    Balzak New Member

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    I'll be backpacking in western Europe this summer, and I'm packing as light as possible so I was thinking of taking only one lens.

    Considering the Tamron AF17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II LD

    any suggestions?
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I took that lens with me. It was a great, although in some of the tight areas I wished I had brought something wider. All in all though it was the perfect lens.
     
  3. Balzak

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    thanks, man

    so you'd say the AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD would be less appropriate? kinda on a buget here (Tamron).
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Yeah. The 28-75 is a decent lens, but the 17-50 would be a much better choice.
     
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    What body? Do you already own the tamron?
    look into the Nikon 17-55, that lens is :bowdown:
     
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    How much quality are you looking for? Would you be interested in something like a 18-200?

    If it were me, I'd probally pick up a 10-22 and take my 28-75 with me. The 28-75 is great and all, but on a crop, it's just not all that wide.
     
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    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    LOL, barely beat me to it.
     
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    haha, would you say the tamron 18-200 would have better image quality over my 18-55 IS kit lens?
     
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    the only making me hesitate over the Tamron 17-50 is that it's the same focal range as my the Kit lens i already have...
     
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    Best superzoom they make. I mean the 18-270 isn't a tack sharp amazing L lens or anything, but it's more than capable of delivering you some nice images and good memories of your trip. If you are set on one lens that's what I'd do. You might not use the long end too much, but it's like a 14" penis, even if you don't get to use it much, it's still nice to have.
     
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    Having a FIXED f2.8 was what made me take the Tamron, especially over there.
     
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    Going wide is the best option. Plus you can always crop a shot later on to pick out a subject.
     
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    So would you discourage against getting a super zoom, and just replace my kit lens altogether with the 17-50?
     
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    kill yourself right now..its nowhere near in the same league quality wise
     
  18. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i sold my 28-75 to get the 17-50 and haven't regretted it for a second. i took the 17-50 with me to disney world and it was great, the 28 wouldn't have been wide enough on a crop body.
     
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    so...I take it you recommend the 17-50.
     
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    in general, I found wider is better.
     
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    If you got the money, get a super zoom. But that will be large, heavier etc.
     
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    17-50 fixed 2.8 > slower superzoom
     
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    I have heard the 28-135 canon lens making a nice all around lens.

    I am a pevious owner of the Sigma 18-200 f3.5-6.3 OS lens

    I sold it for the 17-55 f2.8 canon lens and I am very glad I did.

    I also went to disney world and took my 18-200 lens and used it maybe for 10 shots.

    I would opt for the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens. it is a more dollar for dollar is a high value high quality lens, and you will have pictures you wil be pleased with
     
  24. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    The Tammy will blow the kit lens out of the water. It's not redundant, it's a sound, and highly recommended upgrade/replacement.
     
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    If you have a nikon and only want to take one lens, then I say 18-200 VR, no other options.
     

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