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Canon standard zoom upgrade - comments?
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Hi all,
It's about time I upgraded my standard 18-55 kit lens for use on my 7D mk1 (apparently I need to take more pictures of the family lol) , I'd be grateful for any comments:
Canon 17-40 F4 L
Canon 24-70 F4 L
Canon 17-55 F2.8 (non L)
Ideally want to stick to Canon lenses.

17-40 F4 L  are going for good prices used, but many of the reviews I've read say to pay a bit more and go for the 24-70 F4 L.
The 17-55 F2.8 is a bit cheaper but I'm attracted to the F2.8 as it will be better for indoor use.

I'd be grateful for any opinions

Cheers
Al


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If your going to do more portrait type work the f2.8 would be better for inside and out for better bokeh in the pictures.

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I've used the 17-55 2.8 on my 7d mk2 and it's a really good lens- f2.8 is useful in low light. It seems pretty sharp throughout the range, and the broken is nice.
Seriously considering selling mine as I've just made the move to full frame.

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In the context of taking family type shots inside:

Canon 17-40 F4 L

40mm is too short, f4 will demand either flash or high ISO a lot of the time.
 
Canon 24-70 F4 L

24mm will sometimes not be wide enough. f4 will demand either flash or high ISO a lot of the time.

Canon 17-55 F2.8

Of the three, this is the best if you're not going for a full frame camera.

What did I do?  Second hand 5d (mark I) and a second hand Tamron 28-75 f2.8. Reason for going FF was the shallower depth of field and the sharper drop off from in-focus to out-of-focus areas. This enables me to blur distracting backgrounds and gives more 'pop' to an image.

This is probably the cheapest way of getting a FF kit. The number of focusing points on the 5D is limiting and the Tamron is s-l-o-w to focus so it's not perfect but I much prefer it to my 550D.

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