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15-85 - Keep or sell?

 
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Jun 17, 2012 18:16 |  #16

I have 17-55mm, 10-22mm and 55-250mm. I got tired of swapping lens all the time so I got the 15-85mm as a walkabout. Truth is that it seldom leaves the camera body. While it has a few draw backs (heavy vignetting at wide and stupid creeping when extended), it's a very good lens, close to L quality. But for you, if it's kept on the shelf and accumulating dust, I would just sell it. With that money, you could buy yourself a nice set of Lee GND :)




  
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Jun 17, 2012 19:11 |  #17

I've only had my 60d since mid May and the 15-85 was my first lens for it. I'm not a great source of info for this reason but I certainly like my 15-85. It focuses quickly and I like the color renditions. I bought mine used and it does have some lens creep but I bought a lens band for a few dollars and that took care of the lens creep. http://lensband.com/ (external link)


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Jun 17, 2012 19:55 |  #18

If you really wanted to get rid of it, you wouldn't be asking us. This means you have some doubt. Since you have doubt, regardless of whether you're currently using it or not, why not defer your decision for a while longer. Unless there is a compelling reason to get rid of it now, like you need the cash to help fund a new lens, hold on to it.


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Jun 17, 2012 21:04 |  #19

I suppose I'll keep it.

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Jun 17, 2012 21:29 |  #20

tovarish wrote in post #14593174 (external link)
I suppose I'll keep it.

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If you still haven't used it by the end of the summer, or perhaps by the end of the year, you can always reassess keeping it. The resale value will probably be identical and someone will likely pick it up as a Christmas gift for them self. I'm surprised there aren't days where it's flexible focal range doesn't meet your needs, but it seems you have developed a discipline to force yourself to get creative with whatever's on your camera. Impressive. By the way, great shot taken as the rail level. What's the focal length?


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Jun 17, 2012 22:20 |  #21

Thanks. 15mm f/22. Three shot hdr, which my wife says is cheating.


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Jun 17, 2012 23:02 as a reply to  @ tovarish's post |  #22

I've bought and sold one a couple of times. As my first upgrade from the kit lens, used it happily for about a year. Then bought a 17-55 so stopped using it (also had a 10-22 and 70-200 f4 as well). Sold the 15-85 to buy the 100L Macro. Got tired of lugging lenses around and bought it again (2nd hand). Decided I missed the shallow depth of field of the 2.8 too much, so stopped using it (again). Sold it to upgrade my 70-200 to 2.8.

Except for the initial purchase, I have bought and sold it for about the same amount each time. May buy it again if I go on a walking holiday. Cheaper than renting.


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Jun 17, 2012 23:48 |  #23

If you you feel the 15-85 isn't needed, sell it and use the money to finance your next lens purchase or invest in plug-ins for Photoshop.

Personally, I wonder what you would bring on vacations that don't have photography as the highest priority. Do you still devote a lot of your carry-on baggage for a big bag of lens? Do you leave the DSLR at home and just go point-in-shoot? That's where having a single lens option like the 15-85 makes some sense.

I got the 17-55 to fulfill the same role as the 15-85. It's my favorite walk-around lens for APS-C.


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Jun 17, 2012 23:55 |  #24

Since you already have it and like it, why not keep it. Like others have said, use it for a while and you might just like it all over again.


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