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Canon 15-85mm or 24-105 f/4 L

 
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Dec 30, 2014 08:41 |  #16

In many ways it depends on how you shoot, and really only you can answer this.

I was content with my crop and a 24-60mm f/2.8 (Sigma), but also had a 10-20mm (also Sigma). (But) To this point I do not typically shoot wide, so for me 24mm was often wide enough. I was able to deal with the missing range between 20 to 24. That range is not nearly as big as 16 to 24mm that you (the OP) would have.

(It also may be pertinent) I was also shooting film at the time so wanted a lens that I could use on both bodies.

For many people 24mm (on a crop) will not be wide enough. I do own a good 24-105. While I have not used a 15-85, I've seen images from it. From what I've seen, I believe these two lens are very close in IQ used on a crop body. If I only were shooting a crop camera body, I'd rather go with the 15-85 over the 24-105. (In reality, I'd opt for a f/2.8 lens though.)

My opinion is to get glass for the body you currently own, tempered by how you shoot. IMO of the two, the 15-85 is a better lens for most people a crop body. (YMMV)


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Dec 30, 2014 08:50 |  #17

If you had to ask, 15-85.

It's a better focal range. The 20mm on the long side is nowhere near as dramatic as the 9mm on the wide end.

Even with an ultra wide zoom, many times you will walk with just one zoom, and the 15-85 lens is a better range. The overlap does not hurt you.


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Dec 30, 2014 11:45 |  #18

Great for Paris. These were taken with the earlier 17-85mm IS at both ends of the zoom.


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Dec 31, 2014 09:53 |  #19

Thanks so much for the great feedback! There was definitely a lot to consider, but I've decided to go ahead with the 15-85. It doesn't make sense at all for me to buy a lens just so I can use it for what I might have down the road. Right now, my 60D is working out great for me and I have no desire to upgrade it anytime soon. And I think you all are right that I would miss out on the wide end of the lens should I go with the 24-105. My 100mm 2.8L macro is enroute, so I don't think I'll miss the jump between the 85 and 100 because I don't think it's much of a difference, where it really is on the wide end. Now if only my 18-200 would hurry up and sell, I could get my 15-85! Thanks again!


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Dec 31, 2014 09:56 |  #20

And, I did consider the 17-55 2.8, but I really do think I'd miss having the extra reach on it. I have 4 young kids and a decent sized yard, so I can't always keep moving around with them. Looking at the lens comparison/image quality tool on TDP, it seems as though the 15-85 might have the upper hand a little bit on my 60D.


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Dec 31, 2014 10:13 |  #21

MegBear26 wrote in post #17358935 (external link)
Thanks so much for the great feedback! There was definitely a lot to consider, but I've decided to go ahead with the 15-85. It doesn't make sense at all for me to buy a lens just so I can use it for what I might have down the road. Right now, my 60D is working out great for me and I have no desire to upgrade it anytime soon. And I think you all are right that I would miss out on the wide end of the lens should I go with the 24-105. My 100mm 2.8L macro is enroute, so I don't think I'll miss the jump between the 85 and 100 because I don't think it's much of a difference, where it really is on the wide end. Now if only my 18-200 would hurry up and sell, I could get my 15-85! Thanks again!

Good luck! I have seen the used 15-85 at some great prices over on another forum (I can't see the classifieds here as yet due to low post counts). You might even see my 15-85 on the classifieds here one of these days :-)


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Dec 31, 2014 10:49 |  #22

Congrats! I'm sure you will be happy with your choice.

Check out https://www.keh.com/se​arch/list?s=canon+15-85mm (external link), typically KEH has excellent used choices that sell around $500.




  
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Dec 31, 2014 10:50 |  #23

Lumens wrote in post #17357180 (external link)
Actually my main reason for keeping the 7D is so I could keep my 15-85mm. That combo is magical!

LOL! Me too!




  
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