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Lens mixup.

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by kbaird, May 18, 2007.

  1. kbaird


    May 7, 2007
    Midwest, USA
    I am new here and already have lens lust issues.

    I really wanted to purchase a couple of nice lenses
    so I sold some of my other lenses and stuff to do so.

    I ordered a 17-55 dx and it just arrived.
    I had also planned on the 12-24 or 105vr.

    The problem is that I found a used 28-70 for
    just $900 and it has not come off the camera.

    The 28-70 covers 70% of my shooting and
    the 17-55 covers 73% of my shooting.

    So would you return the 17-55?
    Or sell the 28-70 or keep both?

    I would like to put some funds towards the 12-24 ,105vr,
    or 70-200vr, but I guess they could all wait for a while.
  2. I'd keep the 17-55 and get the 70-200 or what not.

    You can always crop in from 55mm to 70mm equivalent but you can't crop out to 17mm from 28mm
  3. Keith,

    It seems to me that you've already found a lens that will be your primary on-camera lens... the 28-70. And the price seems right, too.

    So, unless you really have to have a 17-55, why not return it and consider adding to both ends of the range. But I'd throw into the mix the Sigma 10-20 zoom, a fantastic little lens with half the price tag of the 12-24. Then use the savings from your 17-55 and the Sigma and put it toward a 70-200. Of course, that assumes that you wouldn't miss the 20-28 range.

    That gives you 10-20, 28-70, and 70-200, a nice kit if there ever was one!

    Or... you could go with the Sigma 10-20, the 28-70 and the 105 and save up for a 70-200, 70-300, or an 80-200. Lots of ways to go here, Keith, and there's really no hurry to get there, aside from personal anxiety and impatience (which I have in abundance). Do some testing... and by all means, check the Sigma 10-20.

    Bottom line is that you can't really go wrong with any of these lenses. If you are a little careful when you buy, you'll get nearly all your money back -or more- if you choose to sell them later. So, you can't really make an irreversible mistake. Relax, take your time, and enjoy the pursuit. And have FUN!

    God bless.
  4. kbaird


    May 7, 2007
    Midwest, USA
    Thank you for the replies.

    The 17-55 went back and It was hard to part with it.
    The 28-70 will work for now and I could trade later.

    I will look into the wide angle lenses very soon.
    The 70-200vr will have to be put off for a while.
  5. There are probably a WHOLE LOT of people groaning over this, all of them thinking "HURT ME WITH HIS PROBLEMS!" :smile:

    Congratulations on a great lens - I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
  6. kbaird


    May 7, 2007
    Midwest, USA
    I was very lucky to get a good deal on the lens. :smile:
    I am very happy with the images I am getting from it.
  7. Enjoy the lens. I would have kept both. 17-55 landscape and things, 28-70 people!
  8. wow thats a killer price! 900 for a barely used 28-70
  9. Toby D

    Toby D

    Mar 7, 2006
    I'd say get a second job or sell blood plasma. You won't be all that happy once whatever lens is gone. I know, now if these punctures in my arm ever heal...
  10. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    congrats on the great deal Keith ...the 28-70 does it all..and i second Doug's advice...;-))
  11. Hi Keith...

    Well if you couldn't keep both, I'd have to agree with Edward, as the 12-24 and 28-70 make a nice pair. Now to finish it, maybe get a 80-200 until you have the extra $$$ for the 70-200vr and you will have a top set of lenses that cover you from 12 to 200...
  12. kbaird


    May 7, 2007
    Midwest, USA
    Thanks for the replies.

    I did a 180 again.

    I felt the 28-70 was perfect but after shooting it
    for a week it seemed to be a little more worn than
    I thought so my friend gladly took it back.

    The beast is really excellent but I think it will
    have to wait until I need to upgrade my 35-70.

    I am considering the 17-55 and 70/80-200
    and adding a wide angle and a macro later.
  13. cadman


    Dec 4, 2006
    Johns Creek, GA
    I love my combo of 10-20, 17-55, and 70-200. It gets me 95% of what I need.

    Now I also love my 105vr macro...

    and lust after the 85 1.4, 200-400vr, 28pc, 28 1.4, etc, etc.

    but that's another story...
  14. The 70-300VR is a great lens too, unless you need the 2.8. And, it is at a great price.

  15. I'm like Toby. I got the 17-55 & then got a great deal on the 28-70. Couldn't make up my mind - remember indeciscion is the key to flexibility - and decided I needed to keep both. You will love the 29-70 & you got a great deal. But when you're ready - there will be a 17-55 with you name on it.:Crunk:
  16. kbaird


    May 7, 2007
    Midwest, USA
    I am using the 70-300vr now and I do really like it.

    Sometimes I do have trouble getting fast enough shutter speeds.

    I will have to see when it makes sense to get faster glass.
  17. kbaird


    May 7, 2007
    Midwest, USA
    Is a used 28-70 called a 29-70 ? Or is that a typo?

    I miss it already. I can see why people have both.
  18. Typo, or maybe unlike me as it gets older it's not as wide:biggrin:
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