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Dec 29, 2012 20:29 |  #1

Need a lens in this type of range I have owned bit in the past. I liked both but now I must decide do I want a fast 2.8 lens or a lens with a little more reach? I like the 17-50 but I wished it had a longer focal length but then again I wish the 15-85 was faster LOL

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Dec 29, 2012 21:09 |  #2

There's no easy or right answer to this question- just options... You are correct- you must decide whether you want f/2.8 or if you want more reach.. Or you must decide to get both..

F/2.8 is not just f/2.8... F/2.8 on some cameras give you more precise AF capabilities on all but a few Canon cameras. F/2.8 gives you that thinner DOF..

The range thing- I've often felt that a 17-50 indoors often is enough.. Outdoors- I find it short--- and when paired with a second longer lens- often- too much lens swapping..

Realizing that I had two different situations I was looking at- I opted to get a 17-50 for indoors when I needed.. I opted for a 18-135 IS for outdoors use ( in your case- 15-85 ).. Two different lense for two different types of use.

You might also consider the Sigma 17-70-- or get the 17-50 and then add a prime - like 85mm...


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Dec 29, 2012 21:15 |  #3
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Every lens in this planet has its pros and cons. You simply can't have it all ;)

I used to own the 15-85 and tbh I hated it. Range is good, but I can't stand the variable (SLOW!) aperture!

Personally I prefer 17-5x and 70-200 combo.


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Dec 29, 2012 21:21 |  #4

I am leaning big time towards the Sigma it's an awesome lens




  
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Dec 29, 2012 21:35 |  #5

Or go the opposite direction.
I went with 15-85 for the range since when I had the 18-55 i really thought it was too short and I was swapping too much.
And I got a Sigma 30 f1.4 for the really low light and DOF. (much better in low light then f2.8)

This way I get the best of both worlds :)


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Dec 29, 2012 21:44 |  #6

Lexar wrote in post #15422025 (external link)
Or go the opposite direction.
I went with 15-85 for the range since when I had the 18-55 i really thought it was too short and I was swapping too much.
And I got a Sigma 30 f1.4 for the really low light and DOF. (much better in low light then f2.8)

This way I get the best of both worlds :)

Makes perfect sense but only have enough money or one lens :cry:




  
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Dec 29, 2012 21:54 |  #7

Get the 15-85 and a Canon 35f2 it's ~$300? Or even get the Canon 50f1.8 ~$100 and save up for the Sigma.


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Dec 29, 2012 22:17 as a reply to  @ Lexar's post |  #8

The 15-85 will focus pretty well indoors, and does really well with a flash, but you obviously won't get the thin DOF that the Sigma will give. It all comes down to a compromise between speed and range and determining what is more important.


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Dec 30, 2012 01:13 as a reply to  @ ct1co2's post |  #9

I was just in your shoes. I opted for the 15-85 and couldn't be happier. I rarely do any low light indoor shooting so I didn't need the 2.8. That said, I was able to take some nice shots at work today in pretty low light. The IS really does allow around 4 stops slower with my steady hands. It also has fantastic colors and contrast compared to the 18-55 kit lens. The DOF isn't great as expected but it works for my needs.


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Dec 30, 2012 06:29 |  #10

I went with the Sigma, and I'm glad I did! To be honest it rarely comes off my camera, having 2.8 is nice and the image quality is great, though not having a 15-85 to compare I can't tell you if it's better or not.
I remember thinking at the time having 2.8 was more important than the extra range, and I was more interested in the wider end of the range than the longer end so saved up for the Sigma 10-20 as well :)


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Dec 30, 2012 10:56 |  #11

I decided range is more important to me so I bought the 15-85 here off potn




  
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Dec 30, 2012 11:03 |  #12
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I got the EF-s 15-85. Mainly because I couldn't afford the 24-70 II. I've got the wide end covered with the 10-22.


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