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Sell 17-55 for 35L if you had the 15-85

 
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Aug 22, 2012 09:01 |  #1

Debating if I should trade out my 17-55 for a a 35L, to go along with my 15-85 and 70-200 II. I'm using flash more, and have off camera capabilities. I really like the range on the 15-85 and was able to dump the 10-22 by acquiring the 15-85. The 17-55 has been one of my favorite lenses and really would like to hear your thoughts about moving to the 35L to replace it.




  
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Aug 22, 2012 09:08 |  #2

I'd be ditching the 15-85 and keeping the 17-55. You're only missing 55-70 range by doing that. I had one when I used a 40D and it was my favourite lens by far. If you wanted something in the 55-70 range, buy a 60mm macro lens then you've got macro capability as well.


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Aug 22, 2012 09:29 |  #3

NigelD wrote in post #14891398 (external link)
I'd be ditching the 15-85 and keeping the 17-55. You're only missing 55-70 range by doing that. I had one when I used a 40D and it was my favourite lens by far. If you wanted something in the 55-70 range, buy a 60mm macro lens then you've got macro capability as well.

I'm using the 15-85 when i want to go light and leave both the 2.8's at home. With the 17-55 I always feel like the 70-200 has to tag along too. Not that that's a bad thing, but sometimes one body one lens works out just right.




  
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Aug 22, 2012 09:33 |  #4

I just remembered I should have a 50 1.8 arriving sometime this week. Not sure if that changes the equation.




  
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Aug 22, 2012 09:40 |  #5

Maybe get the Sigma 30mm instead?
The 35mm is about the same price as the 17-55mm and 30mm combined.




  
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Aug 22, 2012 09:46 |  #6

If I want to go light I just take the 24-105....


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Aug 22, 2012 09:55 |  #7

NigelD wrote in post #14891568 (external link)
If I want to go light I just take the 24-105....

Been there, had that. Like 15-85 more on a crop.




  
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Aug 22, 2012 10:09 |  #8

I have come to really like my setup of a slower, general purpose zoom supplemented with light, fast prime lenses. When I shot a crop body only, I had the 17-55 f/2.8 and it was a stellar lens. However, after adding a 28mm f/1.8, I found I was using the 17-55 mostly outdoors at smaller apertures for landscape shots -- I rarely used the lens at less than f/5.6. The 15-85mm would have been a better lens for this, as it had more range. Since I already owned the 17-55, though, I never pursued the 15-85.

After the above experience, when I went full frame, I selected the 24-105L instead of the 24-70L for its greater range, lighter weight and lower cost. If I need something faster, I will take along one or two fast primes instead. The combination works really well for me.


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Aug 22, 2012 10:23 |  #9

Not much love for the 35L on a crop?




  
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Aug 22, 2012 10:45 |  #10

I had this decision, but i ended up going for the 24L instead, as it gave a slightly wider f.o.v, id probably go for the 35L on a FF body, but i like a wide prime and the 24L is in between that and more of a general purpose prime :)

I also have the 15-85mm and 70-200L II


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Aug 22, 2012 11:27 |  #11

I would if i were you, 35L for low light and use the 15-85 when you need more zoom range or need a compact travel lens.


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Aug 22, 2012 11:34 |  #12

hondafans wrote in post #14891714 (external link)
Not much love for the 35L on a crop?

I cannot help on that specific lens, but I found the 28mm f/1.8 an effective focal length prime on a crop. Therefore, I would imagine that 35mm would still work well, although it would be a little tighter. Personally, I didn't care for the 50mm focal length in a prime on a crop, but love it on full frame.


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Aug 22, 2012 11:54 |  #13

Here is one I just took with the 50 1.8 that arrived a few hours ago. I guess I could make this work for the time being.


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Aug 22, 2012 15:22 |  #14

hondafans wrote in post #14891714 (external link)
Not much love for the 35L on a crop?

I love my 35L on my 7D. Use it on my toddler all the time indoors. I also have the 15-85. With those two lenses, I've never found a need to buy a 17-55. My wife has a Tamron 17-50 non-VC, that I've found the need to borrow maybe once in a year or two, and even then I probably could have gotten by with just the 35L.




  
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