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Howdy. My trusty Canon 450D kit lens has died a death.  Autofocus no longer works... (Lens motor, not camera, issue) 

I’ve got a 50mm f1.8 lens and a 70-300mm Sigma lens already.

I could buy an excess stock unwanted kit lens on ebay to replace my kit lens, but is it worth going for something a bit different?

I've got to have something that zooms, and is relatively wide. How about:

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Sigma-28-135mm-EOS-fit_101141.html or

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Canon-28-200mm_101262.html

thoughts?  Also, I use the camera mostly for shots of the kids now, but to be honest, most shots are on phones, so it gets minimal use (sadly).

thanks!

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Bear in mind both of those

Bear in mind both of those lenses are full frame so will have an equivelent wide angle of 44.8mm on your camera, so you will struggle with landscape or photos in small rooms.

Its a chunk more money, but I had a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 when I had a 350d and 30d and was very versatile.  Good in poor light, nice and wide and suprisingly good close up photography.  Posted some shots below.  You can pick them up anywhere between £120 and £200 depending on condition and age.  This one in the link is £150.

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Sigma-17-70mm-DC-EOS-fit_96972.html

 

 

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thanks Paul.  I've told the

thanks Paul.  I've told the missus a replacement Canon would be £130 (not mentioned they're £70 on eBay) so that Sigma won't be too much of a stretch!

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would either of these be

would either of these be worth considering?

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Sigma-AF-18-200MM-CANON-FIT_98862.html

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Sigma-18-125MM-OS-CANON-FIT_94703.html

 

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The 18-125 is not bad, not

The 18-125 is not bad, not great.  At that price its a good compromise if you think you would find the extra length useful.  I don't know if it is long enough to do away with the need for your 70-300. The AF performance is a lot slower than the 17-70.

The 18-200 you could probably do away with the 70-300, but its an even bigger compromise.  Generally the wider the zoom range, the more compromised the optical quality will be.  I tend to trust Photozone.de for my reviews, lots of graphs and various rubbish.  The verdict sums it all up nicely though.

http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/312-sigma-af-17-70mm-f28-45-dc-macro-test-report--review?start=2

http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/319-sigma-af-18-125mm-f35-56-dc-test-report--review?start=2

http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/321-sigma-af-18-200mm-f35-63-dc-os-canon-test-report--review?start=2

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Big Aura wrote:

Big Aura wrote:

Also, I use the camera mostly for shots of the kids now, but to be honest, most shots are on phones, so it gets minimal use (sadly).

thanks!

I which case I would get a 28mm f2.8 (or 35mm f2.0) and just leave it on the camera permanently. One less thing to faff around with when you want that quick snap of something the kids are doing (they are very quick) and faster apertures / better optics than a 'kit lens'.

Your 50mm would be ok on a full-frame camera but has an effective length of around 75mm on an APS DSLR (great for portraits so keep it).   The 28mm f2.8 (effective 42mm) will give an 'as you see it' perspective on your camera. The faster aperture will also mean a much better chance of decent indoor shots without needing flash.

These lenses are much smaller and lighter than zoom lenses and might even tempt you to take the thing out more (without worrying about the weight and extra room).

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