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Thread started 13 Sep 2011 (Tuesday) 23:41
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17-55mm f2.8 or 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 on EOS 7D

 
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Sep 14, 2011 03:09 |  #16

Voted 15-85 because I think the 17-55 is overpriced and not as good as the sigma 17-50 overall.


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Sep 14, 2011 03:10 |  #17

Wish_Star wrote in post #13100498 (external link)
Do you think that 11-16 + 17-55 is better then 10-22 +15-85 ?

For low-light...yes, for range...no!


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Sep 14, 2011 04:00 |  #18

if u've already got a fast prime within the 24mm to 35mm range, then the 15-85 will be a more versatile pairing.

even with 3 stops of IS, f/2.8 indoors may force your ISO up to 3200 unless you have ridiculously steady hands or a flash unit.

i won't lie... i got to mess around a 24L today on the 7D and it's a *GREAT* combo.
The only downsides being the higher price-tag and heavier weight of the 24L compared to the Sigma30.
otherwise, the 24Lii is DEFINITELY a wonderful lens when it comes to AF performance, build quality, and image quality.
Eventually, i may just trade up the Sigma30 for the Canon24L but we'll see...
the Sigma30 seems to be *just right* when it comes to pricing, performance, and focal length...


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Sep 14, 2011 06:03 as a reply to  @ post 13100287 |  #19

I leave low light work to either my primes or my flash, other than 2.8, the 17-55 doesn't really have much to offer me. IQ, colors & contrast all pretty much equal between these 2 lenses. For me it came down to versatility, so I bought the 15-85.


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Sep 14, 2011 07:15 |  #20

Back when I was just starting to move past my Rebel, 17-85, and 75-300, I would have bought the 15-85 as a direct replacement for the 17-85.

When the 40D came out, the 15-85 wasn't available and I bought the 17-55 and 70-200/4L IS. I never used the 17-85 again.

I have no issues carrying the 17-55, 70-200/4L IS, and an external flash everywhere. Rarely felt like swapping the 17-55 for the telephoto unless I was going to use the telephoto nearer the 200mm end (i.e., I wouldn't swap just to get to 85mm). That's more because of what I like to shoot.

Today I have a number of zooms and a 40D/7D (borrowed from my sister) and 5D2. In my current situation I much prefer the 17-55 over 15-85 for f/2.8 and IS. If I go single walk around lens, I bring a 5D2 with 24-105.

If I go shoot crop, it's usually for sports/wildlife use of a telephoto or for use as a 2nd body with the 5D2 using a prime. Again, here my 17-55's f/2.8 is more handy. Shooting constant aperture is also really handy when shooting manual exposure.

If you only got a 7D, don't plan on a full frame DSLR anytime soon, and really want to go with just one lens attached to the 7D (say on travel), I could see the 15-85 making a lot of sense. In my case, if I got my 17-55 stolen and was going to replace it under insurance with something else, I'd probably buy the 17-55 again over the 15-85.


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Sep 14, 2011 07:34 |  #21

WishStar, what problem are you trying to solve? I notice you have the 15-85 in your sig so I'm assuming that you are looking to replace it with the 17-55.

With that in mind, for me aperture always trumps reach. I can always put on another lens and get more reach, but there is no way to get more aperture.


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Sep 14, 2011 08:05 |  #22

gjl711 wrote in post #13101141 (external link)
WishStar, what problem are you trying to solve? I notice you have the 15-85 in your sig so I'm assuming that you are looking to replace it with the 17-55.

With that in mind, for me aperture always trumps reach. I can always put on another lens and get more reach, but there is no way to get more aperture.

@gjl711

I want to choose a workaround lens in low light better than 15-85 IS



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Sep 14, 2011 08:20 |  #23

Color of 17-55 is a little bit cold !
Color of 15-85 is better, similar as "L-color"



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Sep 14, 2011 09:01 |  #24

maybe I'll wait for FE-s 15-60 f2.8 IS 4 stop...??bw!bw!bw!



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Sep 14, 2011 09:23 |  #25

Wish_Star wrote in post #13100498 (external link)
Do you think that 11-16 + 17-55 is better then 10-22 +15-85 ?

Don't be scared to have overlapping focal lengths, 10-22 & 17-55 is a great combo.


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Sep 14, 2011 09:40 |  #26

17-55 f/6.3 55mm (external link)
15-85 f/10 85mm (external link)

Not really comparable, different days different light and so on, but one could “hint” a difference in sharpness when one looks e.g. the roof.

I can’t decide, I like a lot about the 15-85 but living up north on the globe the days are awfully short during a long period and parts of it there will not even be decent day light in the middle of the day. The more I think about it 2.8 is maybe an ideal Nordic aperture.


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