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Old 12th of September 2011 (Mon)   #1
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Default 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

Hi all,

I am confused between these two lenses for general purpose/walkaround lens.
I already have 10-22 so not concerned about the wide end. Which one do you think will be better for image quality alone on 550D?

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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

Welcome to POTN.

People usual choice between EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens or EF 24-105 f/4L

I had EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS few years back, which is more general purpose / walk-around lens on the wider end than 24-105L on a crop camera.

But if you want more telephoto power, then 24-105L will be 'better'.
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Old 12th of September 2011 (Mon)   #3
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Thanks. I've been a lurker for some time

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People usual choice between EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens or EF 24-105 f/4L
I considered 17-55, but then decided to get a prime like Sigma30 f/1.4 and one of the above lenses. You are confusing me more
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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

I'm using 17-40L & 24-105L for my two crop bodies.

Ok, cheaper 'wider' walk-around 15-85; more telephoto power (more expensive) - 24-105L.
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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

i was trying to pick between the same two lens a few months ago and settled on the 24-105mm. I have not regretted it since then and am very pleased with the lens.
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Old 12th of September 2011 (Mon)   #7
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Ok, cheaper 'wider' walk-around 15-85; more telephoto power (more expensive) - 24-105L.
The price of 15-85 (in India) is about $1100 (expensive compared to the US ) and 24-105 is $1170 (kit lens from 5dmk2 kit, with only body sold). That is why I am concerned about IQ only


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i was trying to pick between the same two lens a few months ago and settled on the 24-105mm. I have not regretted it since then and am very pleased with the lens.
Thanks. Glad to hear that.

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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

Since you already have a 10-22mm, I think 24-105mm will compliment that UWA really well. In terms of image quality, both lens can produce very sharp images but the fixed aperture and L build of the 24-105mm is more attractive than the 15-85mm.
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The price of 15-85 (in India) is about $1100 (expensive compared to the US ) and 24-105 is $1170 (kit lens from 5dmk2 kit, with only body sold). That is why I am concerned about IQ only
For only $70 difference, you should get 24-105L for sure.
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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

Can't go wrong with the 24-105L. My favorite lens on crop and full frame.
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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

Define what you consider "general purpose/walkaround".

If I were carrying it around a lot I'd pick something lighter/smaller. You might also consider a 24-70 F/2.8 (or Tamron/Sigma variant) for a faster lens.
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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

Thank you all, seems 24-105L is the way to go.

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Define what you consider "general purpose/walkaround".

If I were carrying it around a lot I'd pick something lighter/smaller. You might also consider a 24-70 F/2.8 (or Tamron/Sigma variant) for a faster lens.
I intend to shoot outdoors while traveling. I like 10-22, but sometimes need more range.

Sigma/Tamron lenses are hard to get serviced here in India, so not an option. Besides, the resale value is less compared to Canon/Nikon.
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Define what you consider "general purpose/walkaround".

If I were carrying it around a lot I'd pick something lighter/smaller. You might also consider a 24-70 F/2.8 (or Tamron/Sigma variant) for a faster lens.


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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

As a general purpose/walkaround lens, I'd never limit myself to 24mm. The 15-85 would be the obvious choice for me between the 2, because I am not obsessed with red rings, and 15mm on the wide end means so much more than 105mm on the long end. It doesn't matter that you have a 10-22 already, because the whole point of having a walkaround lens is that you only carry that one lens, so why would you care what the other lenses sitting at home have in common with your walkaround lens? You can't use them anyway.
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Default Re: 15-85 or 24-105 for crop

Love the 24-105 f/4 L IS on my 7D. Love the extra reach it provides. Sure it's not as wide as the 15-85. But then again the 15-85 is not as wide as the 10-22...........
The build quality and weather sealing of the "L" series is assuring.
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