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

 
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Nov 04, 2013 06:33 |  #16

Ilovetheleafs wrote in post #16422739 (external link)
I'm going to ask this because no one has yet, what subject matter will you be shooting?

Sabres fan here so you probably won't give me a straight answer, LOL!! But this year I am re-thinking my allegiance to them, if they aren't going to fire the GM!

Anyways, here's a link to a page which shows some a good sample of my wifes pics. They are mostly of our granddaughter, with a mix of outdoor shots.

http://365project.org/​debihas27/365/2013-10 (external link)


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Nov 04, 2013 07:20 |  #17

Good question. I choose 15-85 mm for outdoor shooting. I bought this lens today! It was quite cheap used lens 450,- € with UV filter and lens hood. I prefer one versatile lens for landscapes which is light weight with good IQ. It will replace my antique 17-55mm 3.5-5.6 kit lens. I mainly shoot with my tele lenses but this is nice supplement in my rucksack. New 17-55 f2.8 is too expensive for my purpose. Maybe one day...


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Nov 04, 2013 07:42 |  #18

I voted for the 15-85.

Both lenses are very sharp so there is no advantage there. I feel the increased focal range and slightly better build quality more than make up for the f/2.8 advantage. 15mm is MUCH wider than 17mm and the long end is welcome too.

I also think the f/2.8 advantage is over-rated on a 55mm lens. It can be useful for low light, but I think better results are available using today's high ISO cameras and/or flash.

If you want f/2.8 for shallow depth of field, again there are much better options.


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Nov 04, 2013 08:27 |  #19

I picked the 17-55 for myself mainly because I wanted the 2.8. If you may shoot in low light go for the 17-55. If not, the 15-85 offers more range on both ends. I have the 10-22 so didn't need the wider end. On the longer end I have the 28-135 for the longer end (although I may replace that with a lens to fit between the 17-55 and the 100-400). Ultimately, it is your decision which should be based on how you intend to use the lens.


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Nov 04, 2013 09:32 |  #20

I always go for faster lenses (17-55)


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Nov 04, 2013 13:11 |  #21

I own 17-55 and didn't have 15-85. I like 17-55 a lot. It's very sharp and low light performance is good.

Have heard of good things about 15-85, though.


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Nov 04, 2013 13:25 |  #22

I've shot both (currently have the 15-85 for the wife) - great image quality on either one, but I loved the 17-55. It will come down to cost/range (15-85) or speed (17-55). I ended up getting the 15-85 for my wife to shoot on our T1i. She enjoys the flexibility the range offers, but it drives me nuts to hear the shutter lag when she shoots our newborn indoors. I gave her the option to upgrade, but she loves the 15-85. Good luck!


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Nov 04, 2013 14:57 |  #23

Photo_Rebel wrote in post #16423815 (external link)
I've shot both (currently have the 15-85 for the wife) - great image quality on either one, but I loved the 17-55. It will come down to cost/range (15-85) or speed (17-55). I ended up getting the 15-85 for my wife to shoot on our T1i. She enjoys the flexibility the range offers, but it drives me nuts to hear the shutter lag when she shoots our newborn indoors. I gave her the option to upgrade, but she loves the 15-85. Good luck!

Shutter lag? On a T1i?


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Nov 04, 2013 17:15 |  #24

Photo_Rebel wrote in post #16423815 (external link)
I've shot both (currently have the 15-85 for the wife) - great image quality on either one, but I loved the 17-55. It will come down to cost/range (15-85) or speed (17-55). I ended up getting the 15-85 for my wife to shoot on our T1i. She enjoys the flexibility the range offers, but it drives me nuts to hear the shutter lag when she shoots our newborn indoors. I gave her the option to upgrade, but she loves the 15-85. Good luck!

Did you think the iq is equal on the two?


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Nov 04, 2013 19:55 |  #25

17-55 is my choice. Allows for the dual cross center point on the 70D to work for accurate focusing, especially in low light. Crops also have less DoF than a full frame, so I prefer the aperture advantage through the range.


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Nov 04, 2013 20:14 |  #26

msowsun wrote in post #16423068 (external link)
I voted for the 15-85.

Both lenses are very sharp so there is no advantage there. I feel the increased focal range and slightly better build quality more than make up for the f/2.8 advantage. 15mm is MUCH wider than 17mm and the long end is welcome too.

I also think the f/2.8 advantage is over-rated on a 55mm lens. It can be useful for low light, but I think better results are available using today's high ISO cameras and/or flash.

If you want f/2.8 for shallow depth of field, again there are much better options.

My reasoning as well. The extra 2 mm at the wide lens allowed me leave the UWA lens at home, 15 mm turned out to be wide enough for most cases. The lack of f/2.8 can now be compensated with higher ISO. And in rare cases when I want narrow DOF, I will bring a fast prime with me.

For traveling the 15-85 turned out to be irreplaceable.


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Nov 04, 2013 20:31 |  #27

I own the 17-55 and love it! I swap/share lenses with a good friend who owns an 18-55. Whenever he is shooting a wedding or party, he AWLAYS grabs my 17-55!! I use his 70-200 2.8 at times and these two lenses together make a very nice pair (as they should along with their price tags!!). Two things to be warned of the 17-55: it's heavy (a lot of glass), and you can use the on-board flash for fill flash, but you will get dark spots/shadows on your images if you use the on-board for a main flash due to the physical length of the lens. Another bonus of the 2.8 is shooting kids during indoor school/church events. Overall I love the lens and would recommend it.


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Nov 05, 2013 03:57 |  #28

As has been said above, the choice is range vs speed. Only you know which is more advantageous to your shooting style and particular subject matter. I mostly shoot outdoors, and in Australia we have plenty of light, even in the winter months, so the range of the 15-85 was the clincher for me. I also like some overlap in ranges of my zooms, but that just me.


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Nov 05, 2013 06:30 |  #29

Thanks everyone. This is for my wife and I am still in a quandary. She shoots a lot of outdoor and indoor shots, I really can see her using the advantages of both lenses. At her school taking pictures of the kids, she's the church photographer so in the church and at home indoors with our granddaughter the 17-55 would be ideal. She takes a ton of outdoor shots where the little extra reach would help before she uses her 70-200 f/4l, plus the $200 savings on the 15-85 would help. She is most concerned with IQ as she is unhappy with her Sigma 28-200 vs her 70-200 and 50mm lenses.
Here's some examples of some of her work, you can see she does a lot of different shots -
http://365project.org/​debihas27/365/2013-10 (external link)


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Nov 05, 2013 06:47 |  #30

15-85mm weak point is at 15mm and 85mm , i rather get something 17-55mm f2.8 (sharp at any range) + 70-200mm )

the 70-200mm is way way sharp at 85mm vs the 15-85 @ 85mm


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