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Canon 17-55 f2.8 alternatives

 
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Feb 26, 2013 08:02 |  #31

I had the sigma 18-50mm Macro non IS its a great lens and light. So thats another to consider, its an old lens but you can pick them up for £150 on ebay. I've currently got the 17-55mm Canon IS amazing lens but was also considering the 17-50 OS (IS) sigma which I'm sure if my old 17-50mm macro was anything to go by a great lens also. Just I had a little bit more cash to splash so opted for canon.


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Feb 26, 2013 12:43 |  #32

I owned the Tamron and sold it, just bought the Canon 17-55mm yesterday and so far I can immediately tell the IS is worth the price difference alone for my use (chasing after my 6 year old).




  
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Feb 26, 2013 14:10 |  #33

I owned the 17-55 and liked it a lot, but if I was going that way again, I'd go with a used Sigma instead. I think IQ is on par, and it's cheaper. The only real disadvantage vs. the Canon 17-55 is slower focus.


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Feb 26, 2013 15:00 |  #34

waterrockets wrote in post #15654693 (external link)
I owned the 17-55 and liked it a lot, but if I was going that way again, I'd go with a used Sigma instead. I think IQ is on par, and it's cheaper. The only real disadvantage vs. the Canon 17-55 is slower focus.

The lack of full time manual focus on the Sigma is a big con. When I shoot on a tripod, I like to fine tune the focusing. I wouldn't want to have to move the switch from AF to MF. Also, I've let people shoot me with my camera and didn't have to worry when they turned the focus ring. All of my lenses have USM with FTM.


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Feb 26, 2013 16:43 |  #35

there is no alternative. except of 15-85.




  
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Feb 26, 2013 17:31 |  #36

pix530 wrote in post #15655281 (external link)
there is no alternative. except of 15-85.

Really like this lens:p




  
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Feb 26, 2013 18:00 |  #37

pix530 wrote in post #15655281 (external link)
there is no alternative. except of 15-85.

That doesn't have a fixed aperture, though. You can't really push the ISO in the XSi, so those extra f-stops mean a lot.


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Feb 26, 2013 18:36 |  #38

klr.b wrote in post #15655532 (external link)
That doesn't have a fixed aperture, though. You can't really push the ISO in the XSi, so those extra f-stops mean a lot.

actually you can push the ISO in the XSi :D but you're right, those extra f-stops count for something.

it's nice having a sharp f2.8

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Feb 26, 2013 18:45 |  #39

I love my canon, it's a fantastic lens. If you can get a used one from a good dealer (with some kind of return or warranty) go for it. It's my main lens. I like it so much that I will hold on to my 40D once I go full frame, so I can continue using it.

I would suggest to put a filter on the front though. I always have one on there (usually polarizer, otherwise skylight) and I read in places that people ended up with dust inside the lens, I guess there are small holes somewhere that allow air in and out when you zoom. Supposedly a filter helps prevent that. I did not further investigate, since I always have filters on my walk around lenses, but something to consider - and watch out for when buying used.

When I go full frame I will most likely get the Tamron 24-70 instead of the non-IS canon (that costs 1000 more) since it gets great reviews and I often benefit from the IS in the Canon.

That being said, if you can get a better deal on the Tamron, you'll be just as happy I'd think.


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Feb 26, 2013 18:56 as a reply to  @ Orenishii's post |  #40

That doesn't have a fixed aperture, though

- Right, this is the price you pay for half price and wider and longer ends.




  
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Feb 26, 2013 19:32 |  #41

pix530 wrote in post #15655720 (external link)
- Right, this is the price you pay for half price and wider and longer ends.


Totally agree I miss the wide to 85mm




  
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Feb 26, 2013 19:39 |  #42

canon 17 55 is the first lens i bought for my dslr and i LOVE it. i'm selling it now, but thats only because i'm upgrading to a full frame camera


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Feb 26, 2013 20:10 |  #43

watt100 wrote in post #15655635 (external link)
actually you can push the ISO in the XSi :D but you're right, those extra f-stops count for something.

Poor choice of words, but you know what I meant. ;) Around ISO 800 I had to use NR software. Before buying fast lenses and a flash, I struggled a bit.


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Mar 04, 2013 19:32 |  #44

Well, here's an interesting and unexpected followup: I bought the canon 17-55 f2.8 :)

I found a new, 3 month old one, with it's warranty yet unfilled (so I can make it in my name) on Ebay for 800$. The original owner states that it is in perfect shape. I'll see to that when it arrives. Even if it has problems I can get it serviced for free. He also has a 14 day return policy so I can really test the lens out.

After all the Sigma vs Canon fiasco, and after seeing what both lenses can do, I would personally evaluate 700-800$ to be a decent, competitive price for a brand new from-the-store Canon 17-55. But not 1200$. I would only play 1200 if it were weather sealed as well.

I'll return with test pics sometime in the future (and hopefully cool photos when spring unrolls itself outside).


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Mar 04, 2013 19:34 |  #45

^hope he includes a copy of the original receipt...otherwise that warranty card means nothing...


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