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May 18, 2008 15:11 |  #1

I'm buying a Canon 40D but the lens is my problem right now. I need a good all around lens. I mainly shoot, portraits, landscapes, street photography, flowers, and interesting little tid bits here and there. I am debating between the 17-55 2.8 or the 24-70 2.8L USM. They are about $200usd apart. Is the L that much better? What would you guys/gals recommend?

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May 18, 2008 15:13 |  #2

All over the place.... both have their merits and drawbacks.

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May 18, 2008 15:22 as a reply to  @ djeuch's post |  #3

djeuch,

thanks, as I am rather new here. I did a search but didnt find exactly what I wanted. When I refined my search to ef lenses and tried a couple times, I found what I was needing.

thanks for your input, cheers




  
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May 18, 2008 15:26 |  #4

I would get the 17-55 IS
it has IS
and the wide end is perfect on a 40D (crop)
I only have the 17-85, but I wouldn't live without the wide end and the IS
and the 24-70 doesn't have any
and as far as I could read about the 17-55, many say it could have the L red ring on it
if I had the money for it, I would get it but I will get the Tamron 17-50 instead, more in the reach of my budget... and almost as good


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May 18, 2008 16:03 |  #5

Between those two, I would get the 17-55 IS. It doesn't say L, but it's pretty damn nice. And it's lighter.




  
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May 18, 2008 16:08 |  #6

The 24-70 is remarkably useful on both the 40D and 5D, but it's a little long on the 40D. If you are thinking to upgrade to a ff sometime, the 24-70 is tops. But it is heavy and it does take a little more getting used to. Once you've mastered it, though it's really the best lens out there for the range. If you are set on a EF-S lens, the the 17-55 is your better choice. I used my 17-40 on the 40D last week and it performed beautifully. If you are not thinking indoors shooting is what you want to do, then the 17-40 is a good choice.


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May 18, 2008 16:28 as a reply to  @ SuzyView's post |  #7

I think from everything I read in my search here plus everyone's response I am going to go with the 17-55. I think that's my best bet. Thanks!




  
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May 18, 2008 18:35 |  #8

the 17-55 lens might be fine and dandy, but will become a '' well , it seemed like a good idea at the time'' purchase if you ever considered going full frame in the future..the 17-55 mm lens is designed for crop sensor cameras and won't work with full frames like the 5d.

we *just might* be on the verge of a photographic revolution where full frame sensors might well become standard as costs continue to drop...

ohh...spending best part of $1100 and having no 'L' or red ring can be psychologically annoying, too!!!


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May 18, 2008 19:06 |  #9

I personally think the 17-55 is too short. Shooting indoors at functions and parties have not been a problem with my 28-70 on my 40D. I would strongly suggest the 24-70 over the 17-55. I personally don't find as much use for IS on shorter lenses as I do telephotos.


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May 18, 2008 19:54 |  #10

One of the best threads that I've seen on here discussing this issue.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=484061

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May 18, 2008 20:01 |  #11

bluefox9er wrote in post #5549909 (external link)
the 17-55 lens might be fine and dandy, but will become a '' well , it seemed like a good idea at the time'' purchase if you ever considered going full frame in the future..the 17-55 mm lens is designed for crop sensor cameras and won't work with full frames like the 5d.

we *just might* be on the verge of a photographic revolution where full frame sensors might well become standard as costs continue to drop...

ohh...spending best part of $1100 and having no 'L' or red ring can be psychologically annoying, too!!!

I don't get why people keep saying "if you go to a full frame you will regret getting the ef-s lens". You can just sell it for almost as much as you buy it. Avoiding a fantastic lens just because it won't work on a full frame when you don't have a full frame camera is beyond me.


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May 18, 2008 20:05 |  #12

I wouldn't discount the advantage of 17mm on a crop body. Depending on what and how you shoot it may be a huge plus. If you are doing professional event photography the extra width wouldn't be much of a benefit. Generally you are back from you subjects a bit and would appreciate the extra reach of the 24-70. However, if you are doing family photography of your kids, for example, you'll generally be closer and be glad you have the width of the 17-55.


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May 18, 2008 21:09 |  #13

My pick would also be the 17-55 many great reviews on this lens.


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May 18, 2008 21:15 as a reply to  @ MilesW's post |  #14

My vote is for the 17-55. You will love the wide end capabilities of this lens. I went to it from a 24-105. The 17-55 paired with a 40D is amazing!!!


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May 18, 2008 22:08 |  #15

If only I had that kind of money.... I'm no expert but I'd go for the 17-55 for the IS and 17-24mm range. You said you shoot landscapes and cityscapes so you might find 24mm not quite wide enough and IS can be a lifesaver(well, picture-saver but that doesn't sound right).


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