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Does anyone with both crop and FF still buy EF-S lenses?

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Jun 22, 2012 18:28 |  #16

I see nothing wrong with EF-S lenses. UNLESS you plan to buy a 5D. Even then you can always sell one or two lenses.

I lOVE my Canon EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 IS USM. It's a bad example because of the price and quality but for most people EF-S lenses are fine. The 18-135 and 18-200 are good versatile lenses. Not the best IQ but that's not the most important thing to some people. They are good enough to post on FB or share or even print.

Don't get me wrong......I am all for IQ but a lot of people are looking for "all-around" lenses they don't need to change often and decent IQ. Some EF-S lenses will get the job done.

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Jun 22, 2012 23:31 |  #17

They are two different formats. So it makes all the sense in the world to buy the lens that best works for that format.

I have 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens for APS-C; it makes more sense for me than ownership of the 17-40mm f/4 and no IS. Similarly, there is no way for me to get 15mm f/2.8 other than to buy the Tokina 11-16mm (or one of several APS-C image circle zoom lenses from Canon/Sigma/Tamron; no, 15mm fisheye does not count).

The fact that I can use EF lenses on APS-C is simply a means of achieving some degree of economy, at the 'normal' and 'telephoto' portions of the FL range; I do NOT forgo the ownership of EF-S simply to take the economizing to the extreme (by leaving out features like fast aperture or IS, or doing without the ultra- and very wide angle FL)

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Jun 23, 2012 22:12 |  #18

My first DSLR was the 30D, and even though I was very aware of the (then current) 5D Classic and the fact that it was the "favored" body for many types of photography, still in the beginning stages I was happy to at least get one or more EF-S lenses that would "do the job".

So I started with the old consumer EF-S 17-85 IS lens. Unfortunately, it's not the "sharpest lens in the bunch" and I ended up getting the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS, but still the 17-85 could take nice photos. In fact, the 17-55 was stolen several years ago, and without insurance, I didn't want to fork out for another one, and so the 17-85 is still around, as is my 30D and my daughter's 400D, so it sees use!

Since then yes, I did pick up the 5DC, and ever since it has been my favored walk-around body and I have a set of lenses that covers a nice range of focal lengths. I also picked up a 1DM3 for birding, sports and other fast-moving things, but some times I'll pick up the 30D, it's good for a "backup" or whatever, and I don't "cringe" at the EF-S rig.

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