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I just about have enough saved to get the 15-85, having second thoughts...

 
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Oct 29, 2013 00:50 |  #16

Scrumhalf wrote in post #16407454 (external link)
OP was very clear he only has the budget for 1 lens. Given that constraint, the 15-85 is as good as it gets. Add a 430EX II for $200 if you can stretch the budget that far and you can mitigate the lens slowness somewhat.

Ah, then either lens (17-5x or 15-85) is still a great choice. Second the flash recommendation as well!




  
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Oct 29, 2013 00:53 as a reply to  @ post 16407454 |  #17

If you know it's limitations, and can accept them..going in, you won't regret it. It's a fantastic lens. But; It isn't fast, is known for zoom creep, has a small focus ring, and the hood will cost you extra (as will the EFs 17-55). It has excellent AF, IS, and IQ. The wide end is wide..very versatile.


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Oct 29, 2013 04:12 |  #18

For a one solution lens the 15-85 is unbeatable in my opinion, superb IQ.


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Oct 29, 2013 08:18 |  #19

If that is the range you want, and you don't need a faster lens, there is nothing I know of that comes close. It was my standard outdoor walkaround with a 50D.

If you want faster and don't mind sacrificing the range, there are lots of options in the 17-50 range.

As it happens, I bought a FF a few weeks ago and am about to sell all of my EF-S lenses, all of which are in like-new condition, with spotless glass and barrels. However, I have not yet decided whether I will sell the 15-85 separately or only with the Marumi circular polarizing filter I bought for it. PM me if interested.


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Oct 29, 2013 08:59 |  #20

Thanks guys, you pretty much confirmed what I already knew. Years ago when I had an XSi I had the 60mm Macro and loved it, while it may not be as versatile as a wider prime, I'm probably going to start saving for it next as I used it more for macro work than portraits anyway.




  
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Oct 29, 2013 09:14 as a reply to  @ post 16407454 |  #21

Not a great shot, could do with a bit of PP, but this was taken inside a cathedral, no flash, just natural light. I think this is a brilliant walkabout lens.


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Oct 29, 2013 09:32 |  #22

I havet he 15-85 and am completely happy with it's IQ and versatility.

I just ordered the 70D along with the 18/135 STM because of the silent AF for video but I am still keeping my 15-85 for most walk around and still use.

If you can only get one lens I wouldn't hesitate to get the 15-85. If you do a lot of video that's a different issue. In that case you may consider the 18-135 STM. The results are frankly pretty darn good from what I have read here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1213685




  
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Oct 29, 2013 09:54 |  #23

gregrocco wrote in post #16407000 (external link)
So I've just about saved up enough to buy a 15-85 lens. From what I've read it's one of the best lenses you can get if, like me, you're on a budget and can really only afford one.

As usually happens in these cases, however, now that I'm getting close to purchasing it, I'm wondering if there are other options I should be looking at. I have a T2i and sold the 28-135 lens I had because I didn't care for the IQ. Are there any other lenses, comparable to the 15-85 (either Canon or other makes) that offer similar range and similar performance for a similar price, or am I making the right choice in getting it?

I own the 15-85 and the 17-55... When I am going out during daylight hours its always on the crop.. Over the weekend I attended an event that was at twilight, the 17-55 replaced the 15-85..

Bottom line, when I know there is good light the 15-85 is on, and when I know light is in question, the 17-55 gets attached.

I never worry about IQ with either.


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Oct 29, 2013 10:28 |  #24

As people have already said... It's a great lens... I also agree with what others have said and you'll "need" an indoor lens as well..

I use my 15-85 outdoors exclusively.. I use my Sigma 30mm 1.4 indoors almost exclusively... I recently added a Nifty Two-Fifty (mark 1) for the times I need >85mm. I got it for 100 bucks and it's pretty darn good for a hundred dollar bill...

I love both of these lenses. If I had FF and L glass, I'd have a different opinion...




  
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Oct 29, 2013 13:09 as a reply to  @ Moonshiner's post |  #25

As most people said, 15-85 is a great all-arround lens. I love mine. The 15mm end is very useful and a big difference from 17 or 18mm. However, there are times that find the 85mm end too short for my needs.




  
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Oct 29, 2013 13:12 |  #26

If it was going to be my only lens, I'd get something at f2.8 instead. I like the 15-85 because I have faster lenses in that range, too. 15-85 alone would be useful only during the daytime, so that's not very versatile to me.

Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 or 17-50 f2.8 would be better.


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Oct 29, 2013 22:04 |  #27

gregrocco wrote in post #16407997 (external link)
Thanks guys, you pretty much confirmed what I already knew. Years ago when I had an XSi I had the 60mm Macro and loved it, while it may not be as versatile as a wider prime, I'm probably going to start saving for it next as I used it more for macro work than portraits anyway.

My sister bought a 15-85 a little over a year ago for her 60D, and it hardly ever comes off unless she needs the 100mm L macro or 55-250 which is her only current tele zoom. I'd say 75% of her shooting is done now with the 15-85. Great lens.


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Oct 30, 2013 17:37 |  #28

Bianchi wrote in post #16408105 (external link)
I own the 15-85 and the 17-55... When I am going out during daylight hours its always on the crop.. Over the weekend I attended an event that was at twilight, the 17-55 replaced the 15-85..

Bottom line, when I know there is good light the 15-85 is on, and when I know light is in question, the 17-55 gets attached.

I never worry about IQ with either.

I considered ordering a 17-55mm to go with my 15-85mm, I'm just not a prime lens guy.


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Oct 30, 2013 17:42 |  #29

SVT Wylde wrote in post #16411808 (external link)
I considered ordering a 17-55mm to go with my 15-85mm, I'm just not a prime lens guy.

Have you tried any primes?

Good starters are the EF 50, EF 40 or EF 85.
You might be surprised by them.

Personally I'd get a 17-55 OR the 15-85, not both.

Maybe a 17-55 and an 85 prime.


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Oct 30, 2013 17:50 |  #30

Massive vote for the 15-85mm... if i could have one general purpose lens for my 7D that would be it, super sharp.. not fast but has IS which helps.. here's a few of mine with it :

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5DmkIII | 7D | 24-105 f4L IS | 70-200 f2.8L II IS | 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS | 100mm F2.8 Macro | 15-85 IS | 400D | Tokina 10-17 fisheye | 400D Ikelite Underwater housing |
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