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Need a recommendation on new lens...

I have a Canon 500D (T1i I think) and I'm looking for a lens with a larger aperture than the "stock" 18-55 but have no clue what's good. I am looking to spend $300-600 and would like to purchase new.

One lens I'm definitely looking at and heard good things about from a trusted friend is the Tokina 16-50 2.8. He's selling his to me for $450 and it's in great shape, so I'm wondering if that's my best option or if there's something better out there.

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check out the ratings section over on Fredmiranda.com its my first stop when shopping for glass.




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I used both tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 with my Canon 50D

Tamron is a bit sharper, but slower focusing and noisier, Sigma is build like a tank, fast and fast focusing

both can be had in your range

http://www.amazon.com/Tamron-17-50mm...2628093&sr=8-1

or with IS

http://www.amazon.com/Tamron-17-50mm...2628093&sr=8-2


new sigma -
http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-17-50mm-...2628194&sr=1-3

I used older EX 18-50 f/2.8 HSM macro


both tamron and sigma are amazing lenses, competing with Canon's L glass in sharpness, if not in speed of focus and optical quality - can not fight canon USM in L glass, but are still very very good for the money
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Samal, how does the Tamron 17-50 compare with the Tokina 16-50, if you have had any experience? I keep reading pros/cons on both and it's 50/50 all over the net. While I know it's not always the case, I know typically the more expensive the better (in some way). This would make the Tokina better, plus the fact that I can get a used one for $450 is a big plus, but I can't figure out if it's better in the way that matters to me in this case.

Also, how does the Tamron non-vs vs vc compare? Is it worth the extra $170? Thanks for the thorough responses man, I'm now leaning toward getting a brand new Tamron as I've heard it recommended by other Canon users.

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Samal, how does the Tamron 17-50 compare with the Tokina 16-50, if you have had any experience? I keep reading pros/cons on both and it's 50/50 all over the net. While I know it's not always the case, I know typically the more expensive the better (in some way). This would make the Tokina better, plus the fact that I can get a used one for $450 is a big plus, but I can't figure out if it's better in the way that matters to me in this case.

Also, how does the Tamron non-vs vs vc compare? Is it worth the extra $170? Thanks for the thorough responses man, I'm now leaning toward getting a brand new Tamron as I've heard it recommended by other Canon users.
never had tokina 16-50, but had 12-24 and loved that lens!
about VC - I don't bother with VC or IS or OS (whatever each manufacturer called it) for standard focal length lenses - I don't shoot handheld at low light, the rest can be handled without it.

for longer reach lenses, IS is a clear benefit, as camera shake is multiplied when shooting at that length
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Nikon lenses don't easily fit Canon bodies so that's not really an option.

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I agree here about the IS/VC/Whatever...no big benefit on standard lenght lenses. Sure its nice but not a requirement.

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never had tokina 16-50, but had 12-24 and loved that lens!
about VC - I don't bother with VC or IS or OS (whatever each manufacturer called it) for standard focal length lenses - I don't shoot handheld at low light, the rest can be handled without it.

for longer reach lenses, IS is a clear benefit, as camera shake is multiplied when shooting at that length
Gotcha. I guess I'll just have to decide between the friend's Tokina 16-50 and a new Tamron 17-50.

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