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    I was pleasantly surprised to get a Canon 100-400mm "L" lens for my birthday and now can put my budget towards a general purpose / landscape lens.
    The following in the order of preference is my list I am considering. I have a budget of about R9000.

    Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens
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    Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF Lens
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    Canon EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    Your recommendations or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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    Mike, what camera?
    1996 Patrol 4.2SGL with lots of stuff to make it heavier and thus increase traction?

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    Peter I have a Canon 550d which is still in good condition.
    I am aiming for a 7d next year when a good 2nd hand comes onto the market what with all the new generations coming into play. I will stay with the cropped format at this stage.
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    If you get the Canon 7D the 550D will be a forgotten peace of equipment in the bag. That happened with me when I got the 7D

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    From my own experience with crop-frames (which is why I asked), the shorter the lens is, the less limiting it is in terms of landscapes. On the other hand, a plus-minus 105mm lens works very weel for most general-purpose stuff.

    But the longer the zoom range, often the worse the picture quality.

    Unfortunately I shoot Nikon, thus can't advise much beyond that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikevR View Post
    I was pleasantly surprised to get a Canon 100-400mm "L" lens for my birthday and now can put my budget towards a general purpose / landscape lens.
    The following in the order of preference is my list I am considering. I have a budget of about R9000.

    Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens
    or
    Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF Lens
    or
    Canon EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    Your recommendations or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards
    Mike
    Look at the 24-105 L IS lens - this is a very nice lens and wide enough for landscapes (on crop sensor a little less wide though) - I use it on the full frame 5D MK III and is very happy with it.

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    Thanks for the inputs. The 24-70 or 24 - 105 are great with the 5dmk3 or the new 6d (the 24 - 70 f4 with macro capability sound great) but I want to stay with the cropped sensor and will probably upgrade to a 70d or 7d next year therefor lenses must be compatible (There may even be an upgraded 7d by then and there will be more feedback on the 70d performance to help in deciding). Therefore reason for my selection. the Canon 15 -85 gives me a good all purpose range the 15 giving the equivalent 24 on full frame but the Sigma 17-70 gives me the f2.8 to 4 and is +/- R3000 less. What I would like input on is anybody's experience with either of the lenses - Negatives and positives. I have read the 'dpreviews' and there is little to choose from.

    Decisions / decisions / decisions

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    I went for the 15-85. I do not need f2.8 when shooting gp and lscapes so 15-85 suits me perfect. Sharpness wise it is on par with the 70-300L. I am very happy with it.

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    Hi Mike, I shoot on Nikon, but focal length wise, I use an 18-105 for most of my work. The short end of the lens is great for panoramic landscapes, and the 90-105 end is the classic portrait lens focal length. On my prime lenses, I use mainly my 24mm and 28mm for landscapes, but the 18mm end is rapidly becoming my favourite for panoramas.

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    For landscape on a cropped sensor, what about the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5?
    Great lens and very affordable, but not really for general purpose though.


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