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Lens decision 17-55mm f/2.8 or 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6

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Feb 03, 2012 01:45 |  #16

17-55/2.8 vs 15-85/3.5-5.6 is a popular question around here. I went back and forth as well, but eventually settled last summer on a 17-55 ($750 from eBay). I've been very satisfied with it any enjoy the f/2.8 capabilities, plus appreciate not having to deal with a variable aperture. I take quite a few photos of people at gatherings, which of course have low light and people...both useful to have 2.8.

Everything I hear about the 15-85 is good though. If your subjects aren't moving and you've got strobes, it could easily be a better choice with the added range/lower price/smaller size.

There's got to be dozens of threads on this I've seen over the last year...if you search there's a lot of people who feel strongly both ways in this debate that can hopefully help with your decision. I doubt you'd regret buying either, truthfully.

Canon T3i w/ Canon 17-55 f/2.8 - Canon 18-55 - Canon 55-250 - Canon 50mm f/1.8

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Feb 03, 2012 04:41 |  #17

I think if you bought the 15-85 you would always wondering what if I had got the 17-55 with 2.8. (external link)

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