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sell 24-105 for 15-85? Am I out of my mind?

 
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Feb 14, 2012 22:05 |  #31

Numenorean wrote in post #13895601 (external link)
I don't believe that the 15-85 is of much better quality than the 18-55.

Do you own one, or have you used one extensively? I have both the 15-85 and the 18-55, and the two cannot be compared IMHO. Beyond that the build quality of the 15-85 is only a couple of steps behind some of the L lenses and it has one of the best IS of any lens Canon makes. I can hand hold it at 1/15 of a second or less and get sharp photos as a result. It's also tack sharp across the image wide open with great contrast. The 18-55 is a wonderful lens at its price point, but the two are not in the same league.

While I'm certainly not suggesting the OP should sell his 24-105 for it, the 15-85 is a very good lens. I chose it for the everyday lens for my camera precisely because the 24-105 did not go very wide. If it was designed as an 18-105 instead, I'd be using one right now.


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Feb 14, 2012 23:31 |  #32

MNUplander wrote in post #13895821 (external link)
I made that choice at one point and I even owned a 10-22 before making the switch so I wasnt missing out on the wide end.

The 15-85 is every bit as good as the 24-105 (except for the variable aperture, which I couldnt care about less) and it even has better IS...plus the range was far more useable for me. You wont be disappointed with the IQ of the 15-85 if you make the switch - if you think the range will suit you better, jump on it.

And I believe there is currently a Canon's $65 rebate available for this lens, which means it should be available for a bit less than $700. The 24-105L runs about $1100 USD, but it includes a $37 hood that the 15-85 doesn't.


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Feb 14, 2012 23:45 |  #33

Once you go L, you will never want to come back to non-L. I have not use my 50 1.4 for the longest time. About a week ago I took it out and used it. It does not feel right in my hand, with the quality of non-L. I don't think, I will it my 50 1.4 again any time soon. That is just MHO.


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Feb 14, 2012 23:51 |  #34

I will suggest 15-85, but i'm not a 24-105 user i must warn you.

I recommend it because with 15mm, i rarely need my Canon 10-22(except very extreme situations). Most times my 15-85 or 55-250 is on my camera. If you ever need a longer reach you can always get a 55-250, it's affordable and a decent lens. So, go for 15-85 :)

But i must tell something that bothers me, no offence, but it seems like you've already investigated and decided on buying 15-85, so why ask in the forum if nothing can change your mind?

Anyway, i know the feeling :) I only had a 50 mm f/1.8 when i first bought my camera, so i looked for the walkaround lenses and tried to find the "widest" one in the market :D Because i was always longing for a wider lens, i can't tell the same for the long end... Anyway, i decided 15-85 because of it, but also ordered the 10-22 those days. I can't tell i regret about my decision as 10-22 does a really decent job but if that extra money i saved didn't exist, i don't think an UWA is a must when you have 15-85.


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Feb 14, 2012 23:54 |  #35

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Feb 14, 2012 23:56 |  #36

Just pick up a FF body. 24-105 is a very good walkaround/ general purpose zoom on FF.


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Feb 15, 2012 00:09 |  #37
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nonick wrote in post #13900243 (external link)
Just pick up a FF body. 24-105 is a very good walkaround/ general purpose zoom on FF.

Just want to share my personal experience - I shoot ff and the last time I try to use 24-105, I simply can't fall in love with it.

It was at a birthday party and I had my 35L, 135L and 24-105, I brought the zoom with me thinking it will be handy just in case. In the end when I get home and look at the pics, I just didn't like any shots from the zoom at all and they all ended up in the recycle bin :( It's nowhere near the same quality as the ones from the primes :cry:

I dunno...can someone please talk me out of selling it??

Also I used to have the 15-85 w/60D and it's only good for outdoor daylight situation imo. I still think 15-85 is a better match on a crop body than the 24-105 thou...


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Feb 15, 2012 00:17 |  #38

wrxrocks wrote in post #13900212 (external link)
Once you go L, you will never want to come back to non-L.

While it is not an L, the 15-85 has excellent build quality which is far better than most other EF-S lenses.


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Feb 15, 2012 01:37 |  #39

In this case fov is slightly more important than aperture.


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Feb 15, 2012 07:33 |  #40

kin2son wrote in post #13899281 (external link)
OP I don't think that's crazy at all. In fact getting the 24-105 in the first place for your 40D is kind of crazy ;)

Like others have said, either replace it with 15-85 or go ff, I picked the latter and never looked back.

This crap again? Why don't you go ahead and explain why he's crazy for getting a 24-105 with a 40D? Perhaps you'd like to reference one of your previous statements (you can find it in my signature). :roll:


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Feb 15, 2012 09:28 |  #41

No way I would sell my 24-105 f/L IS for the 15-85.
I would, and did,add the Canon 10-22 to my collection to cover the ultra wide need.
If you feel the need to unload your 24-105 for any lens in that "range" I would look at the 17-55 f/2.8 IS.


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Feb 15, 2012 12:50 |  #42

Canon 10-22 with your current 24-105L is a great combo (no matter what kin2son says :)).

If you really don't want to be switching lenses, and 15mm is wide enough for you (silly to switch and then get a UWA anyways), then by all means consider the 15-85.

Now I went the other way, had a 15-85 which I sold for the 10-22 and 24-105L. The 15-85 was a great lens, but I don't regret my switch one bit.


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Feb 15, 2012 12:59 |  #43

WildWolf wrote in post #13895622 (external link)
I don't mind the variable aperture but quality is VERY important to me. 17-55 is not long enough nor wide enough for me

I understand it isn't long enough, but how is it not wide enough when you're considering the 15-85mm?

I know the IQ of the 15-85 is very nice, but that variable aperture bugs the crap out of me.


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Feb 15, 2012 13:11 |  #44

JHaegs wrote in post #13902876 (external link)
I understand it isn't long enough, but how is it not wide enough when you're considering the 15-85mm?

There is actually a substantial difference between 15mm and 17mm. Just like Ripley used to say: "Believe it or not!"


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Feb 15, 2012 13:41 |  #45

Thx for all the replies. I actually have not decided one way or another. I have a 15-85 in the cart of a vendor but have not pushed the button yet. If my 24-105 wasn't so good, it would be an easy decision....


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