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Which is sharper...15-85 or 17-55?

 
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Feb 13, 2011 08:15 |  #31

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Since I now also own a 28mm f/1.8 for indoor low light shots, I am not sure I would choose the 17-55 if I was buying now.

I've been looking at it the other way: I'm not sure I'd need to keep the 28 if I got the 17-55. Why did you feel the need to add the 28? Do you use it much between 1.8 and 2.8?


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Feb 13, 2011 08:34 |  #32

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Well they say a picture is worth a thousand words 15-85 :D

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Feb 13, 2011 08:37 |  #33

One is an f/2.8 lens, one is not. I have no use for an 85/5.6 lens.


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Feb 13, 2011 08:42 as a reply to  @ AntonLargiader's post |  #34

I've not owned the 17-55 so can't comment on it's performance. I do own the 15-85 and am a big fan. I've found it to be incredibly sharp wide open, indoors and out.

This was the first shot from this lens out of the box. Nothing to complain about in the IQ department at ISO 1600 from an XSi

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I've found the IQ to be excellent! Far superior to the kit 18-55is and a Sigma 17-70 non-OS which I previously had. I've shot it wide open a good deal of the time, and in the absence of user error, yields great results each time. The IS works great and is virtually silent. Focus is very very fast. The build is solid and to me, does not feel flimsy in the least bit way. No lens creep on my copy that I've had since early June of last year. It's on my camera 95% of the time, and lately leaves me wondering if I should just run with a 2 lens kit of 15-85is and a 70-200f4is, and call it a day.

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Feb 13, 2011 13:14 |  #35

I'm agonizing over the same decision now. Leaning toward the 17-55 for my first addition and then the 70-200 F.28L IS II for my second addition. That should cover 95% of everything I want to do.


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Feb 13, 2011 14:13 |  #36

You are correct, it will.


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Feb 13, 2011 14:24 |  #37

I have never had or used the 15 -85 but I hear it is excellent. But for what it is worth after 2.5 years shooting with the 17/55 I am STILL often amazed at how sharp it is corner to corner; and I am a pixel peeper, the first thing I do when I download my shots is look at them at 100%.


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Feb 13, 2011 14:31 |  #38

AntonLargiader wrote in post #11833577 (external link)
I've been looking at it the other way: I'm not sure I'd need to keep the 28 if I got the 17-55. Why did you feel the need to add the 28? Do you use it much between 1.8 and 2.8?

I added the 28mm f/1.8 mostly for indoor family gatherings. The lens is a lot smaller and more discreet than the 17-55 f/2.8, so people do not get intimidated by such a big lens. It makes for a very compact & lightweight setup, even on a 7D body. If I feel I may need more reach, I can always stick the very small 50mm f/1.8 in my pocket to take along, too.


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Feb 14, 2011 08:01 |  #39

Sportidi wrote in post #11832650 (external link)
I'm a bit spooked with the 3.5-5.6 for one reason only. I owned a 17-85 4-5.6 and was forever getting underexposed shots indoors. I couldn't get rid of it quick enough. To be fair to the lens and camera though I was only using the on board flash then.

That wasn't the fault of the lens (especially the f/4-5.6 aspect). I had a 17-85 and was always able to get sharp nicely exposed/lit shots indoors with my speedlight.




  
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Feb 14, 2011 10:16 |  #40

Just to stirr the pot a little. Here an example of why I chose the 17-55;

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5008132677_808f33e01d_z.jpg

Straycat in greece, laying on a piece of cardboard. It was after midnight.

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Camera Canon EOS 50D
Exposure 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 45 mm
ISO Speed 1600
Exposure Bias +2/3 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire


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