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  1. dcg

    dcg Senior member

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    Anyone have experience with the Canon EFS 15-85mm? My 17-85mm doesn't work anymore in the 17-24 reach, likely because of a defect in the aperture cable. Repairing is probably pretty expensive, and doing it myself is not an option.
    No experience, but I hear good things. Only serious complaint I've heard of is that everyone wishes it was faster given the price. If you're happy with the 17-85 and looking to save some bucks, I have one in very good condition that I could probably part with.
     
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    No experience, but I hear good things. Only serious complaint I've heard of is that everyone wishes it was faster given the price.

    If you're happy with the 17-85 and looking to save some bucks, I have one in very good condition that I could probably part with.


    Thanks, dcg. This defect provides a good excuse to buy something new... I like the extra 2mm and the IS is supposed to be better. And most importantly: I read it's optically better than the 17-85mm. So I think I'm going to start saving.
     
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    Thanks, dcg. This defect provides a good excuse to buy something new... I like the extra 2mm and the IS is supposed to be better. And most importantly: I read it's optically better than the 17-85mm. So I think I'm going to start saving.

    All three valid points. Hope you will share your impressions when you get it!
     
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    All three valid points. Hope you will share your impressions when you get it!

    I will. For now, I'll keep using the 17-85 (or rather something like 24-85...).
     
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    Tilt-shift?

    Nope.

    looks like it's shot 50mm 1.4 or so

    Correct.
     
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    Anyone have experience with the Canon EFS 15-85mm? My 17-85mm doesn't work anymore in the 17-24 reach, likely because of a defect in the aperture cable. Repairing is probably pretty expensive, and doing it myself is not an option.

    For a crop sensor camera, the only wide angle I'd even consider would be either the canon 10-22 or the tokina 11-16. Both are quite good.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_4_5_USM.html

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    how bout the 17-55 2.8 IS if you don't need the extra reach. it's the best zoomable lens on a crop (24-70 2.8 might have a bit nicer colors but it's heavy, no IS and the weather sealing doesn't mean much when no crop bodies are sealed)
     
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    Since we're getting into lens discussions here, my next 2 purchases (in no particular order) are the Nikkor 16-35mm f4 for landscapes and the 135mm f2 DC for portraits.

    Anyone with experience with these? Both will be used on a full-frame, btw so no crop factor to consider.
     
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    Good points, both. I'm used to and quite happy with the reach of the 17-85. Makes it a great allrounder for me. A seperate wide angle zoom (or perhaps fixed?) is another (future) option.

    Isn't the 17-55 considerably more expensive as well? (Haven't checked the prices lately.)
     
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    Good points, both. I'm used to and quite happy with the reach of the 17-85. Makes it a great allrounder for me. A seperate wide angle zoom (or perhaps fixed?) is another (future) option.

    Isn't the 17-55 considerably more expensive as well? (Haven't checked the prices lately.)


    Not that expensive. That tokina offers a pretty good value considering it's a f2.8 lens (same as the 17-55) and almost half the price. A good friend of mine owned it before upgrading to a 5d and loved it; really sharp, good colors, contrast, etc. The 17-55 is nice too.
     
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    Not that expensive. That tokina offers a pretty good value considering it's a f2.8 lens (same as the 17-55) and almost half the price. A good friend of mine owned it before upgrading to a 5d and loved it; really sharp, good colors, contrast, etc. The 17-55 is nice too.

    Are you comparing the Tokina 11-16 to the Canon 17-55? They may be the same aperture, but completely different focal ranges.

    I believe the 17-55 is about $350 more than the 15-85. Unless you really need f2.8, I'd lean toward the 15-85. If you really want to be faster on the long end, that $350 gets you most of the way to the excellent 85mm f1.8. Or, about halfway to that Tokina 11-16 if you want to go wider.
     
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    Are you comparing the Tokina 11-16 to the Canon 17-55? They may be the same aperture, but completely different focal ranges.

    I believe the 17-55 is about $350 more than the 15-85. Unless you really need f2.8, I'd lean toward the 15-85. If you really want to be faster on the long end, that $350 gets you most of the way to the excellent 85mm f1.8. Or, about halfway to that Tokina 11-16 if you want to go wider.


    I just checked the prices here: €236,- (euro's [​IMG]) difference. But besides that, I think I'll miss the extra 30mm, so the 15-85 still seems the best option for my situation/wishes. The 85mm is a fixed lens, I presume? I already have a fixed 100mm 2.8 (macro); not the same, of course, but at this moment close enough.
     
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    nobd, what kind of photography do you like to do most? or where do you do most of your shooting? indoors, outdoors, night time, etc

    85mm is pretty close to 100 but they both have different uses. i own both a 85 1.4 zeiss and 100L macro. the canon 85 1.8 is probably the best lens canon offers in terms of value. if you like to shoot portraits, especially women, then the 85 1.8 is gold.
     
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    I just checked the prices here: €236,- (euro's [​IMG]) difference. But besides that, I think I'll miss the extra 30mm, so the 15-85 still seems the best option for my situation/wishes. The 85mm is a fixed lens, I presume? I already have a fixed 100mm 2.8 (macro); not the same, of course, but at this moment close enough.

    I personally haven't used either, but from what I've read the 15-85 does not give up much optically or in terms of build to the 17-55 (actually I've heard that the 15-85 is better built; maybe someone else can confirm). Since you seem to use the long end of the 17-85, I'd think the 15-85 would be a good bet, plus you'll gain the extra 2mm on the wide end (which is pretty substantial).
     
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    Edit: I was typing while dcg posted. You were right about me using the long end more:
    nobd, what kind of photography do you like to do most? or where do you do most of your shooting? indoors, outdoors, night time, etc
    Most indoors; people and things (like all the clothing stuff for this forum). I don't use the wide end of the lens much, but it's sometimes nice to shoot some background with the subject (for example my daughter using the whole living room as her playing area). The other end of the lens gives me the possibility to make portraits, without coming to close to the subject. Outdoors I sometimes use it for landscapes, but more often for portraits and close-ups.
     

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