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Thinking about buying a EF-S 17-55 f/2.8

 
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Jan 31, 2016 06:22 |  #1

Hi All --

I am thinking about buying a 17-55 for my 70D as I would benefit from a constant lower aperature. This lens has been around for a while and I wondered if anyone had heard any speculation that it would be updated, particularly with the proliferation of STM lenses which are deemed by many to be very good bang for buck.

Thoughts?




  
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Jan 31, 2016 06:23 |  #2

Heya,

I doubt you'll see it updated any time soon.

Get a refurb or used one.

Also it has a constant higher (maximum) aperture than other slower zooms, not lower. ;)

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Jan 31, 2016 07:02 |  #3

The 17-55IS is still a fantastic lens and worth buying. Go for it.


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Jan 31, 2016 20:01 |  #4

It has been my most-used lens since I got it ~3years ago. Renders contrast and colours very nicely.
No idea if it might or might not be refreshed, but as it stands it's still a very nice lens. Not quite as sharp wide open as say the 24-70 II, but the IS can be useful and although I think I should sell it as with the 24-70 and 10-22 I can otherwise cover the same range on APS-C - yet I still can't quite bring myself to do it.

Edit: I also have the 18-135 STM. Don't think it has been on my camera since I got the 17-55 f/2.8; it just doesn't have the "pop" that the 17-55 has. I hang onto it in case I want to do video some time and want both smoother focussing and softer images.




  
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Jan 31, 2016 20:26 |  #5

Used one on these boards right now. Do it!


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Feb 01, 2016 12:29 |  #6

I have had mine for several years. If mine broke today (beyond fixing), I would have one ordered and on the way to me. For a crop this is a fantastic lens.
It is probably my most used lens. Weddings, Senior pics, Graduations, family events, Church directory pics, parties, any group pics. I love it.

A friend of mine just bought a Sigma 17-50 f2.8. I saw some of the pics from it on his 60D. They looked very good. It is near 1/2 the price of the Canon.

For my money, I would still get the Canon.


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Feb 01, 2016 12:52 |  #7

This lens been attached to my T6I exclusively, worth every penny spent on it.
I bought mine second hand, didnt think twice about.
if anything was to happen to this lens, would buy another one same day.




  
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Feb 01, 2016 12:55 |  #8

Can't say more than what everyone else has said. This is a top notch lens. Highly recommended.


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Feb 05, 2016 19:49 |  #9

Indiana25 wrote in post #17880062 (external link)
Hi All --

I am thinking about buying a 17-55 for my 70D as I would benefit from a constant lower aperature. This lens has been around for a while and I wondered if anyone had heard any speculation that it would be updated, particularly with the proliferation of STM lenses which are deemed by many to be very good bang for buck.

Thoughts?

It's a great lens as it is.

It's hard to say if it updated in any way.




  
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Feb 05, 2016 19:55 |  #10

I've owned it. Its ok I guess, a little rich for my tastes though, all things considered.
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If I were back to shooting crop sensor: Id rather have a couple of fixed, uber fast lenses and the kit zoom: say a 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/1.8 STM all three for less money :lol:


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Feb 06, 2016 03:13 |  #11

Silver-Halide wrote in post #17887534 (external link)
If I were back to shooting crop sensor: Id rather have a couple of fixed, uber fast lenses and the kit zoom: say a 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/1.8 STM all three for less money :lol:

I'd definitely prefer my 17-55 over 3 affordable lenses. The 17-55 has great quality, IS, and f/2.8 (faster than the kit lens and not too much slower than the primes). Different strokes, just wish it were a bit wider, say 15mm :-)




  
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Feb 06, 2016 03:39 |  #12

go for it!

I had one as well when I still had my 60D and kept it for a good 2~3 years and I was extremely happy with it. Versatile, really good IQ and the IS comes in handy. People have advised to turn off the IS when not necessary to help it last longer so just follow that and you're good to go.


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Feb 06, 2016 13:13 |  #13

feeda wrote in post #17887784 (external link)
I'd definitely prefer my 17-55 over 3 affordable lenses. The 17-55 has great quality, IS, and f/2.8 (faster than the kit lens and not too much slower than the primes). Different strokes, just wish it were a bit wider, say 15mm :-)


Indeed. Not only does it depend on what you like to shoot, but how you like to shoot it. If you don't like to change lenses, then the 17-55mm is definitely a winner. I wound up also owning a 10-22mm for landscapes and I found a 17-55mm f/2.8 to be redundant, especially with a Fast 50 in my life.

Plus, I personally like having a shallow depth of field in my photos, and 2.8 on a crop doesn't really facilitate that. That's why I'd go with a 50mm f/1.8 STM, a 28mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2.0, and a cheap kit zoom (18-55mmish), which, stopped down, doesn't give up much to the 17-55mm.


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Feb 08, 2016 16:28 |  #14

All I can say is that my copy has now broken twice in less than 2 years. I didn't drop it, it wasn't physically damaged. 18 months ago it stopped communicating with my 30D, suggested I clean the contacts. Nothing worked. I sent it to Canon and they charged me $250 to fix the AF and IS. Last weekend I got the same error message on my 70D. I'm a little fed up with the quality of this lens right now.




  
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Feb 08, 2016 16:35 |  #15

Kent Clark wrote in post #17890692 (external link)
All I can say is that my copy has now broken twice in less than 2 years. I didn't drop it, it wasn't physically damaged. 18 months ago it stopped communicating with my 30D, suggested I clean the contacts. Nothing worked. I sent it to Canon and they charged me $250 to fix the AF and IS. Last weekend I got the same error message on my 70D. I'm a little fed up with the quality of this lens right now.

As with any mechanical device, most are fine, some are great, and some are bad. Sounds like you got one of the latter.


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