Best walk-around lens

by Ellery
(Montreal, Canada)

Canon 18-200 EF-S Zoom Lens

Canon 18-200 EF-S Zoom Lens

Canon 18-200 EF-S Zoom Lens
Canon 70-200 f/4 Lens

"The camera body I use is a 70D. I've been using a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.6-6.3 lens as my go-to lens. To my amateur eye, it has given me 18 months of enjoyable photography (mostly nature shots), but I did not pay very much for it and it's starting to fail; time for a replacement.

In the Canon line of lenses, would you recommend the 70-200mm f/4 IS USM as a walk-around replacement for the Tamron that I've been using?

Many thanks,"

Hi Ellery,

Thanks for your question about a good walk-around lens to go with your Canon 70D. I would not recommend the Canon 70-200mm f/4.0 as a replacement lens for your Tamron.

Your EOS 70D has an APS-C sensor. That has a "crop factor" of 1.6x, meaning the 70-200 lens would give you the equivalent angle of view as a 112-320mm lens.

I believe you would find that focal length range too long for general walk-around photography.

In your question you mentioned that you were happy with your Tamron. I'd suggest you go with a lens that has a similar zoom range.

If you'd like to go with a genuine Canon lens, I think the Canon EF-S 18-200 would work for you. I included a link at the end of my answer to some buyer opinions.

It's mid-range in terms of price, smaller and quite a bit less money than a 70-200 f/4.0 with a more useful zoom range.

If you shoot nature and landscapes, you really must have a wide angle focal length as part of your new lens. The 18mm setting on a lens mounted on the 70D gives you an equivalent angle of a 28mm on a full-frame camera.

If the price range is a bit too steep for the 18-200, you could compromise with an 18-135mm, which is about half the price of the 18-200.

If you are on a super tight budget, you could get a 18-55 kit lens, but I think you'd be disappointed in the limits of the zoom range on the telephoto end of this lens.

Consumer Reviews of the Canon EF-S 18-200mm Lens

Alternative to the Canon 18-200

New Tamron 18-270mm Lens - Buyer Reviews

Hope that helps!
Please let me know how you make out and what you decide.


Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask The Canon Geek.

Written by Bruce Lovelace

This is a business website for me and this page may contain affiliate links that help me pay for this site. Please review the affiliate statement at the very bottom of this page before you buy any product that I recommend.