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Which is a better walk around lens for a 60d?

 
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May 20, 2011 01:47 |  #1

Sup Guys,

I have been following this forum the past few weeks and got a lot of good information from the community. I just purchased the Canon 60D body for $850 from B and H photo when they priced matched Best Buy this past Sunday. That purchase was all thanks to a post on POTN which saved me $150. I'm expecting to receive the camera tomorrow and am still piecing everything together and wanted your guys' opinion on which lens to choose as my walk around lens? My budget is 700-800 dollars and have narrowed it down to these 2 lenses:

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Wide Angle Zoom Lens or
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens

Both prices are comparable but the 15-85 has a longer focal point and the 17-40 is wider and is L series quality. I also already own a 50mm 1.8 and a 55-250 to start off with if that makes a difference.

Keep in mind I plan on using this lens to walk around conventions/electronic shows which requires shooting moving objects and taking pictures in a few dimly lit rooms. I'm new to all of this and just made the move from Point and Shoot cameras to SLRs. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.




  
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May 20, 2011 03:06 |  #2

15-85.. it's a great lens! :)


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May 20, 2011 03:11 as a reply to  @ post 12445000 |  #3

True enough, but after just coming from a p/s(with their wide focal-length range), having a widest fl of 50mm on crop will have him disappointed right from the beginning.


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May 20, 2011 03:27 |  #4

17-55 f/2.8 IS. That was my fav. Lens on crop.


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May 20, 2011 03:44 |  #5

800? find a used 17-55 for that price. or if you dont mind going 3rd party, the tamron 17-50 2.8 is a great little performer. the 17-40L yo mentioned is "supposed" to be made for FF. the 15-85 is sharp but the aperture is too slow for what you're gonna use it for.


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May 20, 2011 05:36 |  #6

The 15-85 is wider than the 17-40 on the 60D because 15<17. The 15-85 is a MUCH better choice.




  
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May 20, 2011 06:49 |  #7

The 17-55 is an easy choice as long as you can find a used copy in that price range. I'd skip the Tammy for the intended use because I'd want IS and USM. The Tammy is noisy and the AF struggles a bit in lower light. The Tammy is still a better choice (IMO) than the 15-85 and 17-40 for the OP.




  
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May 20, 2011 06:58 |  #8

Sigma 17-50 is an option as well if you can't find a used 17-55. It has OS and HSM

I don't have any personal experience with the lens but the thread for it has some beautiful examples of it's capabilities.




  
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May 20, 2011 07:40 as a reply to  @ Scrogg's post |  #9

I personally like the 15mm wide and 85mm long of the 15-85 over the one extra stop on the 17-55. Especially as a walkaround lens




  
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May 20, 2011 08:02 |  #10

roosterslayer wrote in post #12445083 (external link)
800? find a used 17-55 for that price. or if you dont mind going 3rd party, the tamron 17-50 2.8 is a great little performer. the 17-40L yo mentioned is "supposed" to be made for FF. the 15-85 is sharp but the aperture is too slow for what you're gonna use it for.

skip the 17-40 unless you plan to upgrade to full frame in the near future. The Tamron 17-50 2.8 and Sigma 17-50 2.8 are good "walk around" lens on a crop




  
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May 20, 2011 08:14 |  #11

watt100 wrote in post #12445727 (external link)
skip the 17-40 unless you plan to upgrade to full frame in the near future. The Tamron 17-50 2.8 and Sigma 17-50 2.8 are good "walk around" lens on a crop

These are great walkarounds, but the extra 2/35mm really makes up for the slower speed. A walkaround is really about having a lens cover as many scenarios as possible, and as such.. i think focal range, tack sharp, and killer IS trump faster aperture. ;)


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May 20, 2011 08:25 |  #12

Of the two you mentioned: I would recommend the 15-85 based on focal length. I have used neither of the two lens mentioned. My walkaround/general purpose lens is a 24-105mm lens. I seldom wish it was wider but often wish it had a longer focal length.

A lens with f/2.8 might not be fast enough for "conventions/electroni​c shows which requires shooting moving objects and taking pictures in a few dimly lit rooms." Note: f/2.8 is only one stop faster than f/4.0

A good flash might be in your future. Highly recommended.


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May 20, 2011 08:31 |  #13

Craign wrote in post #12445827 (external link)
A good flash might be in your future. Highly recommended.

Agreed. Get a 430 EX II and a diffuser, like the Stofen Omni-bounce. I get really great results with mine. Shooting wide open introduces its own issues (generally softer picture, very shallow DOF, etc). For electronics shows and such you might be better off using a flash so you can maintain a smaller aperture and still have a decent DOF.


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May 20, 2011 10:19 |  #14

1Tanker wrote in post #12445783 (external link)
These are great walkarounds, but the extra 2/35mm really makes up for the slower speed. A walkaround is really about having a lens cover as many scenarios as possible, and as such.. i think focal range, tack sharp, and killer IS trump faster aperture. ;)

actually sharpness, focal length, and aperture trumps those slow expensive lens :D




  
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May 20, 2011 10:21 |  #15

Craign wrote in post #12445827 (external link)
A lens with f/2.8 might not be fast enough for "conventions/electroni​c shows which requires shooting moving objects and taking pictures in a few dimly lit rooms." Note: f/2.8 is only one stop faster than f/4.0

it might not be fast enough but it probably will be - better to have f2.8 then not have it!




  
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