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15-85 or 17-55 2.8 as a vacation lens

 
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Jul 03, 2010 13:04 |  #1

Hi all,

I am leaving on a three week vacation to europe in a about six weeks. My current kit consists of a 7D, Canon 15-85, Canon 10-22, and Canon 70-300.

I obviously use the 15-85 as a walkaround lens. I am very happy with the lens, and even though I don't often use the upper end of the focal length range, it is nice having it there.

But....I am contemplating moving to the 17-55 2.8. Constant aperature and better low light, etc.

I am sure there are other similar threads out there....but
I am interested in opinions about making this move. Thanks !


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Jul 03, 2010 13:07 |  #2

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Jul 03, 2010 13:13 |  #3

I would sell the 15-85 and buy the 17-55. Albeit the 17-55 is quite a bit more than your current lens; I think the 2 stops of light on the longer end is more desirable than the reach you're not using.


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Jul 03, 2010 13:13 |  #4

Sorry - not sure this link is correct. Thanks though!


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Jul 03, 2010 14:08 |  #5

If you're happy with the 15-85 but feel like you need a larger aperture in some situations, consider buying a prime to complement your current line-up. A prime will give you a larger aperture than the 17-55, and allows you to keep the 15-85.

Choose the focal length that you use most and buy a prime for that FL. This is all provided that you don't mind changing lenses of course. :)


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Jul 03, 2010 14:13 |  #6

Since you have the 10-22 you wont be missing anything wider than 17mm but for vacation you might be changing lenses less if you kept your 15-85.




  
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Jul 03, 2010 14:38 as a reply to  @ dengar's post |  #7

I absolutely LOVE the 17-55mm but.....

I absolutely LOVE the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS but, the 55mm end is not really long enough for many of my uses. However, I most often use this lens in tandem with a 70-200mm f/4L IS lens on a pair of 1.6x cameras and love the combination...

Granted that I really like longer focal length lenses AND I don't mind carrying the extra weight of the second camera. Since you noted that you don't often use the longer side of your lens, then the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS might just be the ticket for you.

I have found that the constant f/2.8 aperture of the 17-55mm lens combined with the marvelous IS capability makes this into a quite viable low light lens.

I have attached an image of Hong Kong Harbor at night shot with the 17-55mm lens at 55mm using ISO 800 with a Canon 30D and an exposure of 1/20 @ f/2.8. I cannot think of any lens without a constant f/2.8 aperture and without IS that could have captured this image except by jacking the ISO up higher than 800. Even with a tripod I could not have captured the image because using a slower shutter speed would have cause the bot in the harbor to have motion blur.


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Jul 04, 2010 01:07 |  #8

I've owned the 17-85, and currently own the 17-55 2.8. Both are excellent lenses, but I've found that the 17-55 is superior both mechanically and optically. The 17-85 simply quit working correctly after a couple of years of reasonable use. For my money, the 17-55 is where it's at. I'd get a long prime, or perhaps the 70-300 to supplement the relatively limited focal length, but the 17-55 is an excellent lens that I often use wide open without any problems.


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Jul 06, 2010 15:49 |  #9

Get a 28mm f/1.8 (or similar) and a speedlite flash. You've got the indoors covered! BTW 2.8 is not that fast and you don't have to hall the extra weight of the 17-55 while outdoors (where you don't need fast glass).


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