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Apr 13, 2015 19:05 |  #1

Is the EF-S 17-55 2.8 still the go for APS-C?

It'll also be a 2nd rig at weddings.




  
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Apr 13, 2015 20:30 |  #2

Markd102 wrote in post #17516115 (external link)
Is the EF-S 17-55 2.8 still the go for APS-C?

It'll also be a 2nd rig at weddings.

Yes, if you need f/2.8. If not, the EF-S 15-85 and EF-S 18-135 STM are also good choices.


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Apr 13, 2015 21:40 |  #3

Markd102 wrote in post #17516115 (external link)
Is the EF-S 17-55 2.8 still the go for APS-C?

Yes. If you want something faster at the cost of range then the sigma 18-35mm f1.8 is another top option for aps-c.




  
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Apr 13, 2015 21:48 |  #4

three options:

Canon 17-55
Sigma 17-50 OS
Sigma 18-35

I had the Sigma 17-50 back on crop and it's amazing... my wife has the SL1 and I have purchased another Sigma 17-50 for hers and she loves it. Nothing wrong with the canon either. Definately wedding approved!


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Apr 13, 2015 22:22 |  #5

I have the Sigma 17-50, and it SUCKS on the 7D2. (Fab on the 7D)
Terrible focus inconsistency. I can take 10 shots of the same thing, and if I'm lucky one will be sharp.
Hence my desire to get a Canon lens.




  
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Apr 13, 2015 23:15 |  #6

Markd102 wrote in post #17516319 (external link)
I have the Sigma 17-50, and it SUCKS on the 7D2. (Fab on the 7D)
Terrible focus inconsistency. I can take 10 shots of the same thing, and if I'm lucky one will be sharp.
Hence my desire to get a Canon lens.

Ha, funny, that is exactly what my Canon 17-55mm does. Very inconsistent. Not funny, actually. I'm still hassling with Canon about it.

If you don't need speed and are unpretentious, then get the 18-55mm STM. Cheap, lightweight, sharp, gets the job done. OK, it has distortion and CA, but these are easy to correct in post. My 18-55mm is on my 7D2 a lot and is my favorite medium-range zoom.


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Apr 14, 2015 06:25 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #7

Archibald,

How has your experience been with your 15-85?


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Apr 14, 2015 08:44 |  #8

17-55 f/2.8 makes more sense a walk-around lens than the 18-35 because of the range.

Also, the 18-35 is so big and heavy you can barely walk around with anyhow :lol:


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Apr 14, 2015 09:11 |  #9

Hermelin wrote in post #17516659 (external link)
17-55 f/2.8 makes more sense a walk-around lens than the 18-35 because of the range.

Also, the 18-35 is so big and heavy you can barely walk around with anyhow :lol:

Yes.

All depends on what you need:

Best range but not very wide - 18-135 STM

Fast but no better IQ than newer Canon EF-S choices - 17-55

Wider but not very long; same IQ as 18-135 STM - 15-85

All very good choices. Depends on one's needs. I'd start (and stop) with the 18-135 STM.

I have never thought that 55mm on the long end was sufficient for a walk around.




  
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Apr 14, 2015 09:45 |  #10

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Archibald,

How has your experience been with your 15-85?

I'm disappointed in my 15-85mm. It's not sharper in the center compared to my 18-55mm STM and noticeably worse at the edge. Bad copy? Maybe. It looks great, perfect glass, but has mediocre performance.

Now my 18-55mm STM, it is wonderful.


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Apr 14, 2015 11:37 |  #11

I vote for the 17-55IS. Great lens. If I didn't need the f/2.8 I would definitely consider the 15-85 or 18-135 - but have no personal experience with either.


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Apr 14, 2015 12:05 |  #12

Archibald wrote in post #17516742 (external link)
I'm disappointed in my 15-85mm. It's not sharper in the center compared to my 18-55mm STM and noticeably worse at the edge. Bad copy? Maybe. It looks great, perfect glass, but has mediocre performance.

And I had the opposite experience - my 15-85 was an excellent lens. Was, because I sold it when I moved to full frame.




  
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Apr 14, 2015 13:26 |  #13

Archibald wrote in post #17516742 (external link)
I'm disappointed in my 15-85mm. It's not sharper in the center compared to my 18-55mm STM and noticeably worse at the edge. Bad copy? Maybe. It looks great, perfect glass, but has mediocre performance.

Now my 18-55mm STM, it is wonderful.

That's disappointing.... you've had poor luck with both your 17-55 and 15-85. My wife and I both got lucky, I guess, since both of our 15-85s are excellent. I had the 17-55 for a while. It was also very good but I really got it for inside shooting, to document our kitten's maturing process. I sold it recently because I found myself using the 15-85 for the range.


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Apr 14, 2015 18:17 |  #14

I have had wonderful results with my Tamron 17-50 2.8 (non-VC). Fast focusing, consistent results.


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Apr 14, 2015 19:20 |  #15

My vote is for the Canon 35mm f/2 IS lens. On the crop sensor it's closer to the ubiquitous wedding 50mm. I've owned the 17-55 IS in the past. It's a bit disappointing considering what it cost at the time, but the price now I believe is much lower, so I guess it's not so bad. The build left a little to be desired, and of course, I prefer the 24-70mm f/2.8 II these days. However, I believe the 35mm f/2 IS is the best lens for the money below $1000 for Canon. I do NOT recommend Sigma's 35mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.4 Art lenses because each copy I used at a wedding never could focus, so you're right sticking with Canon lenses. 35mm f/2 IS is as current gen in autofocus performance as the 24-70mm f2.8L II from what I've heard. Perfect for weddings on a 7DII.


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