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Canon 15-85 or 17-85?

 
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Jan 04, 2012 09:50 |  #1

which would you buy and why?

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Jan 04, 2012 10:01 |  #2

If you can afford the price difference, the 15-85mm is a better lens for three reasons:

- Better IQ
- Faster IS
- Wider FL

I have the 15-85mm IS and it's my favorite lens.


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Jan 04, 2012 10:03 |  #3

smmokan wrote in post #13645001 (external link)
If you can afford the price difference, the 15-85mm is a better lens for three reasons:

- Better IQ
- Faster IS
- Wider FL

I have the 15-85mm IS and it's my favorite lens.

This + I've seen some examples of more distortion on the wide end with the 17-85.


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Jan 04, 2012 10:11 |  #4

Go for the 15-85 great lens


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Jan 04, 2012 10:13 |  #5

is the 15-85 worth the $700 price tag or is there another lens with better IQ? i want to upgrade from a kit lens.


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Jan 04, 2012 10:21 |  #6

The 24-135 is "possibly" better but costs more, and better suited to a FF rather than a crop camera, if you have a crop then 15-85 is a better all rounder unless you already have a 10-16 wide angle say.


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Jan 04, 2012 10:34 |  #7

Had them both, 15-85 had better IQ so I kept it.




  
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Jan 04, 2012 10:47 |  #8

smmokan wrote in post #13645001 (external link)
If you can afford the price difference, the 15-85mm is a better lens for three reasons:

- Better IQ
- Faster IS
- Wider FL

?? :D




  
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Jan 04, 2012 10:50 as a reply to  @ LightRules's post |  #9

I went with 15-85 so I only need one lens when hiking/backpacking.




  
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Jan 04, 2012 10:51 |  #10

15-85.


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Jan 04, 2012 12:09 as a reply to  @ sixsixfour's post |  #11

15-85


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Jan 04, 2012 13:00 |  #12

15-85. Better IQ, newer / better version of IS, wider range, better built. There have also been reliability issues with the 17-85, where I've heard nothing bad about the 15-85 (so far).

If you decide you need a faster lens than the 15-85, then you may consider the EF-S 17-55 f2.8L or the EF 24-105 f4L. But neither is going to be appreciably sharper than the 15-85.


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Jan 04, 2012 13:10 |  #13

smmokan wrote in post #13645001 (external link)
- Better IQ
- Faster IS
- Wider FL

LightRules wrote in post #13645232 (external link)
?? :D

More Powerful TL!

Seriously though the 17-85 distorts a whole lot at 17mm. I'm amazed how much of the image I lose when I apply PanoTools distortion correction.

Having said used 17-85 lenses usually go for cheap. I got mine for $250.

PS. TL="than locomotive" :rolleyes:




  
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Jan 04, 2012 13:32 |  #14

+1, 15-85mm... there are many thread on this and even compare to 24-105mm.


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Jan 04, 2012 13:46 |  #15

mike_311 wrote in post #13645054 (external link)
is the 15-85 worth the $700 price tag or is there another lens with better IQ? i want to upgrade from a kit lens.

You can find them used, in mint condition, for around $600 these days. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a used copy from someone here or on Fred Miranda.


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