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Sep 14, 2010 01:36 |  #31

i think you have your answer...get the 17-55 on a crop and 24-70 or 24-105 if your going FF soon.


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Sep 14, 2010 03:43 |  #32

chugga1984 wrote in post #10899538 (external link)
So I am in need of a new lens (not in need, but wanting a new lens), I am deciding between two lenses, ef-s 17-55 and an ef 24-105. Post links for existing pages if they exist.

I am not asking for people to make the decision, just opinions, my concern is that is I get the 17-55 and I will always be reaching for a longer lens. I am upgrading from my kit 28-135 and find that I rarely need a wider lens (10-22 in bag).

So questions-
- Is the 17-55 a good general walkabout lens?

- If i got the 24-105 would f4 be sufficient when shooting portraits indoors (have 430exii)?

Yes the 17-55 is an excellent walkaround lens. It's one of the main factors preventing me moving to full frame, I have never had a problem with mine and it's razor sharp.

I used the 17-55 for this set of photos, the lighting conditions were very poor and I am pretty happy with the results, there were times when I wanted to go a little wider though.

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Sep 14, 2010 04:10 |  #33

hondafans wrote in post #10900190 (external link)
I've been through at least 20 different lenses in the last year and my two favorite are the 17-55 and 10-22. Both cover most of my needs. Rarely do I reach for my 55-250is.

Exactly my sentiments, these two are my most used and favorite lenses.


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Sep 14, 2010 09:18 |  #34

I think the 17-55 is a good purchase. I've had one just over a year now, and get some really nice shots with it. It isn't an L obviously, but many rate it as good as one.

The combination of fast (f/2.8 ) plus IS makes it great for low light photography, and the focal range of 17-55mm is perfectly usable in everyday situations.


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Sep 14, 2010 12:09 |  #35

I have both the 17-55 and the 24-105 with a 40D and a 50D. I use them both for different situations. The 17-55 excells for scenery, but I use the 24-105 when shooting outdoor portraits. I wouldn't part with either of them.


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Sep 14, 2010 14:02 |  #36

Yeah, but if you had to.....^^^


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Sep 14, 2010 15:51 |  #37

I started with crop body like 3-4 years ago, then later on I got the 17-55 and I like it.
Later on, I was thinking to go 100% Full Frame and started to purchased EF lenses and FF camera.
After I got everything on my list for FF stuff, I was about to start selling out my crop lenses and body.
Guess what ? I was using my 17-55 for the last time before I sell it, and seems like I cant let it go, even though I have no problem letting other crop lens /body go. Tried harder and still cant let it go.
I ended up having a set of crop stuff and FF stuff.
Thats how good that lens is.

I have 24-105, bought it new with 5D package, I think I rarely even used it, and actually if I want to use it right now, I have to kinda search for it somewhere first. Im not saying the lens is bad or anything though.

BTW for walkaround, I used to use my Tamron 17-50 2.8, Canon 17-85, recently Im using 18-200 and planning to get 15-85.
So, my next walkaround lens probably gonna be Canon 15-85 or Tamron 17-50 2.8 if I know I'll be in low-light situation.

Hope that helps.




  
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Sep 14, 2010 16:07 as a reply to  @ canondslr's post |  #38

17-55 is in a class of its own.

f/2.8 + IS = :)


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Sep 14, 2010 17:55 |  #39

Stuntman Mike wrote in post #10908570 (external link)
17-55 is in a class of its own.

f/2.8 + IS = :)

agreed! i was about to buy the tamron 17-50 vc but after using my friends lens i could deal with the noise and slow AF...happy 17-55 owner now


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Sep 14, 2010 18:46 |  #40

Kaigler wrote in post #10902040 (external link)
17-55 rarely leaves my camera as a general walkabout lens.

even with the 70-200?


Don't try to confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made up.
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Sep 14, 2010 18:57 |  #41

sigma pi wrote in post #10909439 (external link)
even with the 70-200?


It is easy to leave that one in the bag, or better yet at home, so you don't have to carry it.:D




  
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Sep 14, 2010 22:37 |  #42
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Kaigler wrote in post #10902040 (external link)
17-55 rarely leaves my camera as a general walkabout lens.

Another +1.

If I had to run out of the house, and could only grab one lens, it would definitely be the 17-55.

The constant f/2.8 aperture is a big deal, as is the IS. Focusing is good, and the lens is tack sharp.
I also like the color and saturation of the lens, the shallow DOF and bokeh is good.

Ya, it's a wee bit short on the long end, but, it's a compromise that doesn't bother me too much, as when the need to go to 70mm occurs, chances are I need a 70-XXX.

Of course all of us who own one are going to sound like fanboys. But I was really hoping to not have to spend this much for a general walk around WA zoom.

It ended up being a no brainer.

I love the 17-55.

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Sep 14, 2010 22:48 as a reply to  @ MP4/8's post |  #43

I'll echo the love for the 17-55. It packs a lot of versatility, more than other standard zoom out there really... You get a good zoom range, IS and great IQ. I like being able to gather that extra stop of light at f/2.8 and having the extra width is great. I shoot at f/2.8 most of the time and am never disappointed at the quality. I like the more shallow depth of field as well on a crop cam.

I started out with a 28-135mm lens and while that lens is not as good as the 24-105, it has a similar range. I MUCH prefer the 17-55.


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Sep 15, 2010 17:46 as a reply to  @ KayakPhotos's post |  #44

Thanks for all the input, its always good to hear other peoples experiences.

So i went a slightly different way and just purchased the sigma 17-50 OS, there seems to be not too many bad reviews about the lens other than soft corners. For the price I decided that I will give it a try and see how I like it. Should receive it in a few days.

The determining factor, was that the exif data on the photos I like, most were at 28mm (wide limit of lens) and not too many above 50mm, I realized that a wider lens would suit me more.

Now to get to know the feel of the lens, time to play with DoF, tried with the nifty fifty, but got annoyed with the focus inaccuracy. I can see that my 10-22 will probably be on the chopping block. Hardly use it now and my shortest is 28mm, see how I go. Down the track (well down or i'll be single) might consider selling the ef 28-135 and the efs 10-22 and put that towards a 24-105L if I feel the need.

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Sep 15, 2010 19:02 as a reply to  @ chugga1984's post |  #45

That's great alternative to the 17-55 price wise...so far the reviews from popular camera review sites have deemed that lens as being one of the sharpest standard zooms u can buy...I still havnt seen enough sample pics yet that has made me go "WoW". But I'm definitely interested in that lens for my gf's T2i. Post some pics when u get it...!


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