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70D - Worth adding a 18-55mm IS USM if I have the the 18-135mm kit already?

 
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Feb 27, 2014 00:42 |  #1

Hi all.

I have an Canon 70D , loving it.. Been looking at lenses though (the bug has bitten me :cool:).

After looking around I hear a lot of good stuff about the 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM lens. So now I am wondering though, is it worth for the 70D considering i also have the the 18-135mm kit-lens already? (& a 70-200mm F4, but thats another story ;) )

It seems to be a great walk-around lens & faster than the kit-lens; but will the image quality be better? Is it worth it?

Thanks for any help! :)


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Feb 27, 2014 00:57 |  #2

17-55mm?


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Feb 27, 2014 02:57 |  #3

Andrushka wrote in post #16720915 (external link)
17-55mm?

*facepalm* indeed.. ninja-edited.. Thanks!


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Feb 27, 2014 06:24 |  #4

If you are looking to shoot in low light, yes. Also, it is a very sharp lens, so if you don't have any issue with the price, it will give you other options than the 18-135.


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Feb 27, 2014 07:43 |  #5

WHICH 18-135 are you talking about? If it is not the STM (newest version) it might be worth it. The STM is a pretty sharp lens.

On the 70D one more f-stop is not an issue. You can use ISO. At 17-50 the narrower DOF is not much of an issue either (the 18-135 would be a f3.5-f5.0 in this range).

I've never used the 17-55 but by all accounts its optics are near L-quality...

If you have the STM, and depending on what you shoot,I would invest in another lens... (10-22? longer tele?)


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Feb 27, 2014 15:12 |  #6

The 17-55 f/2.8 is a very sharp lens, even wide open and of course it's faster.

But there's more to a lens than image quality - the first thing that other Canon users notice when they try my 17-55 is the lightning-quick focus (it's also very accurate). That's worth a lot to me.

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Feb 27, 2014 15:18 |  #7

MakisM1 wrote in post #16721283 (external link)
WHICH 18-135 are you talking about? If it is not the STM (newest version) it might be worth it. The STM is a pretty sharp lens...

This. I have a copy and compared it to my 24-70 mkII. STM came very close in fact I found it a little center sharper than the 24-70.


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Feb 27, 2014 15:20 |  #8

i wouldn't have both...either you want the range of the 18-135mm or you want the f2.8 constant aperture...

if you choose one, you can always get a different lens to pair with either of the lenses you're looking at...a fast prime for instance with the 18-135mm, and then maybe a longer zoom with the 17-55f2.8


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Feb 27, 2014 15:32 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #9

Confusing post, are you asking about the 18-55 or 17-55? I have had a bunch, my experience is
Canon 18-55 is - great value, slightly sharper than the 18-135
Canon 17-55, great focus in low light, and faster than 18-135, but very expensive and not worth the cost to me.
Canon 15-85, best all around lens for crop, great focus and build quilty, better image quality than the 18-135
Alternatives
Tamron 17-50 non vc, sharper and faster than the 18-135, focus does search in low light.
Sigma 17-50 OS - better image quality and faster than 18-135, sometimes focus issues per copy of lens.
My suggestion if you have upgrade bug

All around lens, Canon 15-85mm
If you want a fast low light lens,,I really like the tamron 17-50 non vc.




  
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Feb 27, 2014 15:51 as a reply to  @ mark2009's post |  #10

I don't know about your financial resources, but the EF-S 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS USM combined with for example the EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS USM will give you quite a bit more, without eating too big a hole in your wallet.

But I am talking cost levels quite a bit above the EF-S 18-135 mm in its different versions here.


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Feb 27, 2014 16:43 |  #11

17-55 is dirt cheap now in the used market...
I couldn't sell mine for months at around $650.
I wasn't really trying that hard as I can use it for m43 video.

I'm sure you can get one for $500 nowadays...




  
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Feb 27, 2014 20:37 |  #12

MakisM1 wrote in post #16721283 (external link)
WHICH 18-135 are you talking about? If it is not the STM (newest version) it might be worth it. The STM is a pretty sharp lens.

On the 70D one more f-stop is not an issue. You can use ISO. At 17-50 the narrower DOF is not much of an issue either (the 18-135 would be a f3.5-f5.0 in this range).

I've never used the 17-55 but by all accounts its optics are near L-quality...

If you have the STM, and depending on what you shoot,I would invest in another lens... (10-22? longer tele?)

Hi , thanks for answering.
Yes, its the STM.

I am kinda a random shooter, whatever meets the eye here in HK :)
I already have the 70-200 F4 actually for Tele..

The STM definately delivers, but i like the F2.8 & the fact its super sharp. Eventhough not pro in any way, I am a bit of a pixel peeper.. :o


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Feb 27, 2014 20:42 |  #13

mark2009 wrote in post #16722391 (external link)
Confusing post, are you asking about the 18-55 or 17-55? I have had a bunch, my experience is
Canon 18-55 is - great value, slightly sharper than the 18-135
Canon 17-55, great focus in low light, and faster than 18-135, but very expensive and not worth the cost to me.
Canon 15-85, best all around lens for crop, great focus and build quilty, better image quality than the 18-135
Alternatives
Tamron 17-50 non vc, sharper and faster than the 18-135, focus does search in low light.
Sigma 17-50 OS - better image quality and faster than 18-135, sometimes focus issues per copy of lens.
My suggestion if you have upgrade bug

All around lens, Canon 15-85mm
If you want a fast low light lens,,I really like the tamron 17-50 non vc.

Hi Sorry for the confusion, slip of the finger & all hell breaks loose :o

I do mean the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM indeed.

I've heared of the Sigmas, but worry about the focus issues indeed. Seems they are not too happy with the 70D somehow :/

So I tend to stick with Canon (for now.. I might change my mind *ahem*).
I rly like the EF-S 17-55mm, fixed arpeture, fast & very sharp..

I naturally still have the STM kit-lens; which is not bad indeed, will keep it for video at least. Focusing is rly nice.


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Feb 27, 2014 20:45 |  #14

apersson850 wrote in post #16722423 (external link)
I don't know about your financial resources, but the EF-S 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS USM combined with for example the EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS USM will give you quite a bit more, without eating too big a hole in your wallet.

But I am talking cost levels quite a bit above the EF-S 18-135 mm in its different versions here.

This is the combo I am talking about actually. I already have the wonderful EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS USM.

Just looking to match it with something more than the kit-lens.. Not sure if lens bug bit me, wow on the sharpness, or otherwise.. i just have the jitters here somehow... :cool:


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