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Dec 26, 2013 06:04 |  #16

hennie wrote in post #16554400 (external link)
Any lens is only as good as it is to the owner.
First get a good replacement before getting rid of it.

No creep at all with my 17-55 and I carry it on the camera hanging off my shoulder a lot. If you like everything else about the lens, just try another copy.




  
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Dec 26, 2013 08:15 |  #17

I didn't experience any lens creep with my copy. It was my primary lens for probably 4 years.

If it's really a problem for you, call Canon and see about sending it in to get repaired. I dropped my 17-55, broke it in several places. Total repair bill (including return shipping) was about $110.


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Dec 26, 2013 09:31 |  #18

sleibrand wrote in post #16554568 (external link)
I didn't experience any lens creep with my copy. It was my primary lens for probably 4 years.

If it's really a problem for you, call Canon and see about sending it in to get repaired. I dropped my 17-55, broke it in several places. Total repair bill (including return shipping) was about $110.

They won't repair the lens creep. I've sent mine in for that among other things and they tightened whatever they do which made it a bit better. But within a couple uses it was back to before. The desk person safe that's just the way these lenses are.


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Dec 26, 2013 09:36 |  #19

The 17-55 produces outstanding shots. If the lens creep bothers you to a point that you cannot enjoy the lens for what it does give you, then you should get rid of it. Personally, I wouldn't care. I got a lot of fantastic shots out of my 17-55 when I owned it.. just sold it a couple of weeks ago after getting a 6D and a 24-70 II.


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Dec 26, 2013 09:53 |  #20

Sorry, OP, but I personally think you're nuts for saying the 17-55 is a heavy lens.

Secondly, if you don't like it, then sell it. I freaking love my copy; super sharp, fast/accurate AF, and the IS works great. Sure I get lens creep when it's hanging from my shoulder, but that's something I don't mind. I'm going to be incredibly sad when I sell it upon moving up to full-frame.

Basically, get what works for YOU. Don't force yourself to live with something you don't like, it'll only hurt your images.


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Dec 27, 2013 11:21 |  #21

Efs 1755mm f2.8 IS isnt up to L lens quality

Imagine they make this 1755mm lens as an L lens quality , how much would it cost more? I rather they create more consumer grade lens so we no need to get everything L , not every user need the quality of L, we only need the optics of L with consumer price.

I stil happy with my 1755 , I once think to sell this lens and fund for primes, but god bless me I didnt because nothing beat the versatile, the af speed, the IS, the constant aperture of this lens

If build quality is ur main point, go for L , skip the non L lenses


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Dec 27, 2013 11:45 |  #22

MikeG2012 wrote in post #16554754 (external link)
Sorry, OP, but I personally think you're nuts for saying the 17-55 is a heavy lens.

Secondly, if you don't like it, then sell it. I freaking love my copy; super sharp, fast/accurate AF, and the IS works great. Sure I get lens creep when it's hanging from my shoulder, but that's something I don't mind. I'm going to be incredibly sad when I sell it upon moving up to full-frame.

Basically, get what works for YOU. Don't force yourself to live with something you don't like, it'll only hurt your images.

Good points.

I started with a 30D, and the 17-55 was my most used lens; I've added a 5DII and still use the 30D + 17-55 a lot.

The 17-55 is probably the main reason I will keep an APS-C body because:

1) great optics,

2) relatively light in weight (try a 70-200 f/2.8 for a while - with a 2X extender).

3) it's even lighter than my TSE24II.

The only thing I don't like about the 17-55 is that it won't work (fit) on the 5DII. I'll just have to update my APS-C body.

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Jan 08, 2014 06:49 |  #23

illusiumd wrote in post #16551401 (external link)
God I've been hating my 17-55 for so long now.

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How can I learn to love this lens again. Please tell me again how good it is.

I had the very same relationsship to my 17-55! I loved the images it gave me, but I grew more and more annoyed with the barrel creeping out. The lens creep didn't make the lens heavier, but it did make it bigger/longer and more cumbersome to bring with me. In addition, the IS mechanism broke down (without any reason!) and I couldn't use the lens at all. The guarantee was not valid anymore as it was purchased more than five years ago and repairs would have been $650!!!

I started to use primes, - first EF 28/1.8, then EF 24/1.4L (and sometimes the EF 50/1.4, 85/1.8 and 200/2.8L), but it didn't bring me the image quality I was used to (even not the 24mm 1.4L).

My solution was to sell my 7D and the EF-S lenses I had and upgrade to 5D3 (I was glad to get rid of the whole APS-C system because of my disapointment in the 17-55!). I'm very happy with full frame, but I'm still looking for an equivalent lens in term of IQ of the 17-55 for my new full frame camera.


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Jan 08, 2014 08:13 |  #24

Sold my ef-s 17-55/2.8 IS lens. Needed the money. Replaced it with the Tamron SP 17-50/2.8 (non-vc.) Got a nice mint used copy for $235. No regrets.


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Jan 08, 2014 08:31 |  #25

So used to lens creep on my 17-55, I almost forgot about it. However, the images it produces is worth it.


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Jan 08, 2014 12:34 |  #26

illusiumd wrote in post #16551414 (external link)
That's actually a good point! How's that 28 workin out? I'm lookin at the 24 2.8 right now. I played around with the 40mm pancake but am going to return it...

Sorry for the late reply.

I just love the Ef28 IS USM.
Best money I ever spent on a lens.
It hardly leaves the 60D.
What more can I say.

I assume the newer EF 24 and EF 35 versions are jsut as good.

I no longer use the 18-55, and only rarely use the 40mm pancake.
The 55-250 gets used for moon shots and wildlife.


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Jan 08, 2014 13:24 |  #27

Get a Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS.

By all accounts and reviews it is equivalent to the Canon 17-55 but a lot cheaper, smaller, lighter, and even has a zoom lock.


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Jan 09, 2014 07:13 as a reply to  @ Lexar's post |  #28

When I sold my last 1.6X crop (had a XTi, 40D, 50D, and 7D) my 17-55 had to go too. It's the only photographic equipment I have sold that I miss. I've never found a replacement for it on either the 1DM3 or the 5DM3 ... the constant f/2.8, 25-90mm, IS and IQ isn't easy to find for a 1.3X or FF ...

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Jan 09, 2014 08:16 |  #29

Max.
Since Santa delivered a new 5D Mark III, the addition of a 24-70 has been entering my mind. Yes, like you, I do have the 24-105 f/4 L IS and have been looking at the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 24-70 f/4 L IS. I also like you have the the 17-55 f/2.8 IS for my 7D's that will be in in use for sports work.
Since Canon does not give us the 24-70 f/2.8 L IS option, how do you like your 24-105 on your Mark III? Do you miss f/2.8? Thanks.


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Jan 10, 2014 04:26 |  #30

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Max.
Since Santa delivered a new 5D Mark III, the addition of a 24-70 has been entering my mind. Yes, like you, I do have the 24-105 f/4 L IS and have been looking at the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 24-70 f/4 L IS. I also like you have the the 17-55 f/2.8 IS for my 7D's that will be in in use for sports work.
Since Canon does not give us the 24-70 f/2.8 L IS option, how do you like your 24-105 on your Mark III? Do you miss f/2.8? Thanks.

That's the problem ... I miss that stop, especially since it was stabilized. A friend of mine who has the Mk II non-IS 24-70, and also had the 24-105, raves about it, but more and more, I find I need the IS.
I might look into the Tamron SP AF 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom (wish they could name them differently) to try to replace the IS and f/2.8 part. Never had a Tamron lens, but I guess I wouldn't be able to afford the 24-70 f2.8 L IS Canon would make anyway, and I could raise a lot of the money by selling my 24-105. Have to try one out, I think ...

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