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Thread started 03 Nov 2013 (Sunday) 12:58
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POLL: "Which would you choose?"
17-55 f2.8
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15-85
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Opinions: 17-55 f2.8 or 15-85??

 
dansmail26
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Nov 03, 2013 12:58 |  #1

Would like to hear some opinions, especially from those who have used both lenses.
here's what I have figured out so far-
17-55
Little better build
faster focus
2.8 throughout range
15-85
Better zoom range
Focus is not a problem
~$200 cheaper
Both
IQ is excellent!

Any thoughts?


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Nov 03, 2013 15:14 |  #2

Please leave some comments as to why you vote one way or the other - thanks


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Nov 03, 2013 16:00 |  #3

I already have a 17-50 so I would like the 15-85 as a general purpose lens :)


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Nov 03, 2013 16:27 |  #4

I have the sigma 17-50 and the 15-85.

I can't say one is obviously better then other. They have very different uses.
15-85 is my travel lens.. Extremely useful as a one lens or lens+prime solution for light weight traveling. Super fast focus, great IS and great build.
17-50 is my indoor party, event, or anything else that has lower light and less zoom needed. Also feels quite solid and pretty good focus.

15-85 is sharp corner to corner even wide open.
17-50 needs to be stopped down to f4 or f5.6 for extreme corner sharpness but in the center it is much sharper then the 15-85! (Even wide open)


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Nov 03, 2013 17:35 |  #5

If you need 2.8, go for the 17-55mm. If you need the range, go for the 15-85mm.

Only you can make this choice. I choose the 15-85mm and I haven't regretted buying it because I like the range. It's hard to beat on a crop. I have my eye on the 35mm F2 IS as a low light lens but I have considered buying a 17-55mm just for indoors and blurred backgrounds.


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Nov 03, 2013 18:43 |  #6

dansmail26 wrote in post #16421123 (external link)
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17-55
Little better build

I have had both, didn't see any difference in build. The 17-55 is longer and heavier, making it more vunerable if anything. The 15-85 was my first upgrade from the kit lens and I was very impressed by its image quality and focal length range. However wide aperture lenses open up whole new area of photography (for low light and shallower depth of field), and I like my general zoom lens to have that option. So I sold my 15-85, and added lenses at either end of its focal range (10-22 and 70-200) to further expand my choices.


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Nov 03, 2013 19:07 |  #7

even on a crop, I preferred the 24*105L.
must nicer color, contrast, and overall IQ.
good luck with your search.

years back when I had only a crop, I ran with a tokina 12-24 and 24-105L.


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Nov 03, 2013 19:16 |  #8

davomate wrote in post #16421871 (external link)
I have had both, didn't see any difference in build. The 17-55 is longer and heavier, making it more vunerable if anything. The 15-85 was my first upgrade from the kit lens and I was very impressed by its image quality and focal length range. However wide aperture lenses open up whole new area of photography (for low light and shallower depth of field), and I like my general zoom lens to have that option. So I sold my 15-85, and added lenses at either end of its focal range (10-22 and 70-200) to further expand my choices.

Maybe some feel the build quality is better because it's heavier, just a guess.
Did you see any IQ differences in the two?
I want to go with the 15-85 to save the $200, but if I will be missing out on it then I would go with the 17-55.


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Nov 03, 2013 19:25 |  #9

Dj R wrote in post #16421945 (external link)
even on a crop, I preferred the 24*105L.
must nicer color, contrast, and overall IQ.
good luck with your search.

years back when I had only a crop, I ran with a tokina 12-24 and 24-105L.

I went through and my wife does take quite a few pics in the 'teens', so I think I do need at least the 17.

Thanks though.


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Nov 03, 2013 19:29 |  #10

I love my 17-55. I use it at f/2.8 a lot for indoor action shooting and subject isolation, and the IS is very handy when in low light situations. It's very sharp and has become my number 1 walk-around lens.


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Nov 03, 2013 19:29 |  #11

dansmail26 wrote in post #16422008 (external link)
I went through and my wife does take quite a few pics in the 'teens', so I think I do need at least the 17.

Thanks though.


check if she's then cropping them?
that is important.


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Nov 03, 2013 19:40 as a reply to  @ Dj R's post |  #12

I know she crops some of them, but not all. Why is that important?


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Nov 03, 2013 19:50 |  #13

If she's cropping most of them, then she wants more reach, but doesn't know it yet. Not enough experience to frame the shot properly, in the camera/lens. Frame properly, print larger, better IQ.


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Nov 03, 2013 20:29 |  #14

Dj R wrote in post #16422070 (external link)
If she's cropping most of them, then she wants more reach, but doesn't know it yet. Not enough experience to frame the shot properly, in the camera/lens. Frame properly, print larger, better IQ.

I see what you are saying, great advice. Here are some samples of her work from a board she likes -
http://365project.org/​debihas27/365/2013-10 (external link)


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Nov 04, 2013 02:49 |  #15

I'm going to ask this because no one has yet, what subject matter will you be shooting?


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