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I have a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, I have a good macro lens but I have been using the old EFS 18-55mm kit lens all this time.

I would really like to get a better standard walking around lens something with the same range but better image quality. I am looking at a budget around $600 max. I prefer Canon lenses but if there is a third party lens that is really great I will consider it. It will mainly be used for snapshots here and there and for taking pictures at car shows and races.

Suggestions?

I was kind of thinking of this one:
Canon EF-S 17mm - 85mm f/4.0-5.6 USM IS
http://www.adorama.com/CA1785AFSU.html
Edited by cavallino - 6/7/11 at 11:41am
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post #2 of 11
For $600 I'd look around for a used Sigma 18-50 2.8.
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post #3 of 11
I've used both the 18-55 IS and 17-85 IS, and I honestly have to say I don't see an IQ difference between the two. The 17-85 has an extra 1mm on the wide end which I love and a bit more reach, but in terms of IQ I'd say they're the same.

I'd actually suggest you look at the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non-VC. The non-VC version is cheaper and anecdotal evidence suggests it might actually have better IQ. The lens itself is also pretty sharp, but the biggest selling point for me is the fast-for-a-zoom constant f/2.8 aperture
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Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
Beat me to it. Tamron also has some MIR's going for a while
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post #5 of 11
+1 on the Sigma 18-50. Also in that range is the Tamron 17-50 (VC or non-VC version; non-VC is slightly better).

Also worth mentioning is the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, which is truly a phenomenal lens. I used with three different bodies and it never ceased to amaze. I think it's worth the price tag, but that's me.

EDIT: Double-Ninja'd!
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Also worth mentioning is the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, which is truly a phenomenal lens. I used with three different bodies and it never ceased to amaze. I think it's worth the price tag, but that's me.
This. I rented it for my trip to Charlotte and was blown away. Great IQ and fast focus.
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post #7 of 11
Consider the Canon 15-85mm. It's a newer version of the 17-85 which has some known QC issues. The 15-85 is, however, much more expensive than the 17-85, running for about $750 right now. I can't comment on the recommended Sigma or the Tamron, but I figured I'd just through the 15-85 in the mix since you said you wanted Canon and mentioned the 17-85.
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post #8 of 11
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Ok I'll check some of those out.

I also should mention I'd like some level of image stabilization, I have somewhat unsteady hands and ever bit helps.
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post #9 of 11
Some more stuff on the 15-85 I forgot to mention. Not the fastest lens around at 5.6 on the long end but it does have IS and USM.
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post #10 of 11
A used 17-40 f/4.0L is a great choice also I use it more than the 24-70 f/2.8 as a walk around lens.
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