pdx_btk78 wrote in post #11585383
I'm in the same boat as a few folks here. When I was upgrading my lens, I was torn between the 17-55 f2.8 and the 15-85mm for a all purpose lens, and I ended up with the 15-85mm but kind of regret it now, as I begin to get into a lot of indoor low light situations and quickly discover that the 15-85 is just not good at all for that situation especially on pets.
My question is, is it worth it to try and sell the 18-85 and side step to the 17-55 f2.8 so I could use it for outdoor and indoor? or try to pick up another lens just for indoor? I do have the cheap 50mm f1.8, and it works awesome indoor, but the zoom is just a bit too much for what I need it for, I need to be able to be closer to my subjects while shooting.
I've also looked at some 24 to 35mm primes for indoor, but most of them are none IS, which kind of scares me and kind of holding me back from pulling the trigger, should it really be as big of concern?
Sorry, don't mean to thread jack, but I'd figure its along the same topic, so didn't want to create a new thread.
This is exactly what I went thru - to a T. I debated between the 17-55 & 15-85, picking up the 15-85 for the same reasons. Having the same doubts since purchasing. Had the 50 f/1.8, but it wasn't wide enough. And because camera shake had plagued me so much in my first year of shooting, I was scared to put a lot of money into a prime without IS. Then I went back and examined many of my pictures taken with the 50 1.8, No camera shake, lots of beautiful pictures with great results. And I do love the 15-85, so I didn't want to sell it to get the 17-55, as the focal length is something I didn't want to give up.. So I bought the 28 f/18 and have found lack of IS not an issue at all, the lens is very fast. And I think my kit will eventually be reduced and carry only these two lens, possibly keeping the 50 1.8.
So in answer to your question - I say keep the 15-85, get a wide prime and you should find that IS is not an issue.