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Question about 17-55mm f2.8

 
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Mar 16, 2013 08:35 |  #1

Just bought a canon 17-55mm f2.8, suddenly feel that the inner barrel will move, when zooming out, and u shake lens, can feel something loose , not sure this is a commen problem for this lens?


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Mar 16, 2013 10:02 |  #2

Mine does this. I want to know if its common to.


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Mar 16, 2013 10:48 |  #3

Richie3888 wrote in post #15721108 (external link)
Mine does this. I want to know if its common to.

u have this problem too? I actually wan to know is that normal , it doesnt effect image quality , but i scare in long run it will cause problem?


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Mar 16, 2013 11:03 |  #4

Are your lenses new?

When I shopping for a new lens in 2009 I compared the 17-55 and 15-85 side by side in a camera store. One thing I noticed was the better build quality of the 15-85. The 17-55 was good but the 15-85 just felt more solid and had better zoom action.

Older lenses do loosen up over time, and even new lenses can be a little loose. My 15-85 has loosened up so much that the front element has side play. It doesn't effect the images at all, but I might take it in one day for service because it does bug me, and I wouldn't want to sell it in that condition.


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Mar 16, 2013 11:34 |  #5

chongkiat wrote in post #15721225 (external link)
u have this problem too? I actually wan to know is that normal , it doesnt effect image quality , but i scare in long run it will cause problem?

I think it normal. The lens element doesn't have play but the zoom ring does.


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Mar 16, 2013 11:38 |  #6

msowsun wrote in post #15721263 (external link)
Are your lenses new?

When I shopping for a new lens in 2009 I compared the 17-55 and 15-85 side by side in a camera store. One thing I noticed was the better build quality of the 15-85. The 17-55 was good but the 15-85 just felt more solid and had better zoom action.

Older lenses do loosen up over time, and even new lenses can be a little loose. My 15-85 has loosened up so much that the front element has side play. It doesn't effect the images at all, but I might take it in one day for service because it does bug me, and I wouldn't want to sell it in that condition.



I buy used unit 2011 , the conditioni rate 9.9/10 optics 10/10, just to agree that the build quality for 1755mm f2.8 isnt that great, the zoom ring isnt smooth, canon 10-22mm have better zoom ring, not sure about 1585 , but I believe 1755mm f2.8 isnt really worth for new unit price, that y I looking for used unit

Can u imagine that cheapo tamron 17-50mm non vc have better zoom ring than this monster? Argh I just cant believe this =.=


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Mar 16, 2013 18:02 |  #7
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More validation of my choice to avoid the 17-55. My 15-85 has more range, my primes get me the aperture when I need it.


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Mar 16, 2013 21:10 |  #8

TSchrief wrote in post #15722414 (external link)
More validation of my choice to avoid the 17-55. My 15-85 has more range, my primes get me the aperture when I need it.



but i get 4stop IS , Fast focus with USM , i can't live without them :oops:


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Mar 16, 2013 21:28 |  #9
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chongkiat wrote in post #15722879 (external link)
but i get 4stop IS , Fast focus with USM , i can't live without them :oops:

I guess that is why we have several choices. I just can't justify the money for the 17-55. I use apertures wider than f/4 very seldom, especially in this focal length range. When I want a fast lens, I mount a prime. Cheaper, but I bet I spend more time changing lenses than you do. It is kind of a pain. I usually only carry my 15-85 and one prime. If I guess wrong, I'm stuck. The 17-55 would cover a lot more options.


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Mar 17, 2013 00:18 |  #10

TSchrief wrote in post #15722925 (external link)
I guess that is why we have several choices. I just can't justify the money for the 17-55. I use apertures wider than f/4 very seldom, especially in this focal length range. When I want a fast lens, I mount a prime. Cheaper, but I bet I spend more time changing lenses than you do. It is kind of a pain. I usually only carry my 15-85 and one prime. If I guess wrong, I'm stuck. The 17-55 would cover a lot more options.

Not all of us have the luxury of a large stable of lenses. For me the 17-55 is ideal, but I do use it wide open often, both for low light, and even more often for the additional DoF control.

Mine has none of the characteristics that the OP has posted about. He and I PM'ed a few times before he started this thread, and I checked each of his issues against my 17-55, and it displays none of them. This is my second one (the first was stolen), and had I experienced any of those issues I wouldn't have been as eager to replace it with the same lens.


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Mar 17, 2013 02:59 |  #11
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I have no argument with the 17-55. I am just stating that it is not for me. I don't need 2.8 that often in that focal length; 17mm less often than 55mm. If I am shooting wide, I am generally at f/11-16, trying to maximize DOF. And that I can do nicely with my always on 28-135 (5D) and 15-85 (60D). For the few times I want wider apertures and short focal lengths, my fast short primes serve me well. Please, I am not knocking the 17-55. I just don't need one for the way I shoot.

My favorite way to shoot wide is to mount my Yashica 28 2.8 on my FX-3 Super 2000, set the aperture to f/16 and the focus at about 4 feet. I can point that camera anywhere I want and everything is in focus. Well as long as it is 18 inches or more from the film (remember that stuff?) plane. All I have to worry about is shutter speed. That gets me full frame IQ in a G15 sized package.


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Mar 17, 2013 10:54 |  #12

I think I should email canon to see what so they reply and how often ppl send the lens for service


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