Digital camera lens question: 28-105mm vs 35-140mm

vi edit

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The smaller number is how wide the lens is(how much you can frame at once), the big one is how far it can zoom.

All else being equal, I'd take the extra width allowed by the 28-105 over the extra reach of the 35-140.

But I usually find myself in more situations where it's harder to back up than it is to walk forward.

Is this on a DSLR or a point and shoot?
 

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Originally posted by: BigToque
What are the pros and cons of having one of these lenses over the other?

Can't really say without knowing more about each lens such as the apeture range and other features, etc.
 

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Originally posted by: vi_edit
All else being equal, I'd take the extra width allowed by the 28-105 over the extra reach of the 35-140.

Me too. I always want a wider lens. Especially indoors or other crowded conditions. It's usually easier to get closer, but often impossible to get farther.
 

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Originally posted by: vi_edit
The smaller number is how wide the lens is(how much you can frame at once), the big one is how far it can zoom.
well, no, not really. zoom is merely the number that you divide the telephoto end by to get the wide end.

both numbers are focal lengths. the smaller is the shortest focal length, the larger number is the longest focal length. both focal lengths could be wide, or telephoto, or a combination. sigma's 10-20mm is extremely wide at it's longest, and super ridiculously wide at it's shortest. 'normal' for a 35 mm camera is about 40 to 70mm. 35 is a mild wide angle, 28 is where wide angle really gets started, and 20 mm is dramatic. 85 is a short telephoto, and on up you narrow the field of view.