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24-105 or 17-55?

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Nov 07, 2012 19:07 |  #31

Personally I think the 5D + 24-105 would be a great combo if the 24-105 was great. …/showthread.php​?t=1244485

My post is number 15.

I think my 24-105 is for sale. I have no doubt that of all my lenses (17-55, 70-200, TSE24 ii, 100 macro, and 24-105) it is the least sharp.

Shooting an oil painting from a tripod with all the precautions, my 30D + 17-55 easily outperformed the 5DII + 24-105. It was embarrassing for the 24-105.


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Nov 07, 2012 19:09 |  #32

I use my 24-105 as a general purpose lens on my 60D and I find it great for that purpose. Sometimes I wish I had something slightly wider but I make do. 105@f/4 is fantastic for portraits.

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Nov 08, 2012 00:43 |  #33

I understand that you made your decision - but I would have to say that because of the focal length I took the 24-105 as opposed to the 17-55. I understand that I lose the f2.8 - but for me - the focal length was the most important.

Well, that - and it was a big step up from my previous lens and I could find it reasonably price used in my area.... but you get the point... :)

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Nov 08, 2012 00:54 |  #34

For my use a 15-85mm paired with a prime, was the best. 15-85 for everyday use, the prime for the occacions where IQ, low light and DOF was important.

A 24-105 is a great walk around, and combined with a Prime you have all you need.

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Nov 13, 2012 10:14 |  #35

Peter, I strongly suggest buy the 3, and if you are not happy with any one of them, you can give it to me :D. Joking aside, I think all are 3 excellent lenses, either one is a good buy.

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Nov 13, 2012 10:22 |  #36

I had a 17-50 and now I have the 24-105...

Before with 17-50 I wish I had longer 75% of the time
now with the 24-105 I wish I had wider 10% of the time

it works out to my favor as a walk around lens more to have the longer reach. I'm mainly in the 40-85mm range on a crop which is why I know for a fact that a full frame camera and 70-200 would be a solid solid setup for me!

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Nov 13, 2012 14:01 |  #37

District_History_Fan wrote in post #15219707 (external link)
15-85 is a great zoom range for crop cameras. If the lens was a constant f/4 aperture one would have been in my bag the day they hit the dealer shelves.

Until about 55 you are within 1/2 of a stop from f4.

I believe from 55-85 you are at f5-5.6.
I don't think that it would make that much of a difference... if its too dark for f5.6 is will likely be too dark for f4.

The range between 85-105 is minimal (a small crop will get you that if you want).
However because you are down to 15mm the benefit of not carrying, and saving money, on a UWA is huge.

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Nov 13, 2012 14:13 |  #38

I was in love with the 24-105 until I used the 17-55. The ability to hand hold shots in low light really shines with the 17-55. I'd recommend both, to be honest, but I am certain that is not in the budget for most people.

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Nov 13, 2012 14:28 |  #39

Motor On wrote in post #15218301 (external link)
As you already have a 10-22; get the 24-105, it'll move with you if you decide to go full frame and you can move to the 10-22 if the 24 isn't wide enough.

^^ This.

If not - I choose the 15-85mm over the 24-105 and 17-55 - IQ is excellent, it's cheaper, and lighter.

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Nov 14, 2012 12:19 |  #40

Thanks everyone for the inputs I appreciate it. I went with 24-105mm due to my desire of going full frame in the future.

Thanks again

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Nov 14, 2012 16:03 as a reply to  @ Peter2516's post |  #41

good choice

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Nov 14, 2012 17:35 |  #42

with a crop body 17-55 all the way. Different case if you have the 10-22, then the 24-105 have sense and you can use it when upgrade to FF.

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Nov 14, 2012 21:56 |  #43

When I had a 7d I traded a 17-55 for 24-105 and never looked back.

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