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Trading in my 17-55 for a 18-55mm.

 
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Dec 03, 2008 08:23 |  #1

So for a while my widest lens was my 35mm 1.4. not very wide on a crop sensor. I have a few weddings booked for next year so I need a wider angle lens. I picked up the 17-55mm 2.8 IS because it seemed like it fit the bill but I feel like it's a lot of money when I only really need it for group shots or interior shots. If I need a low light lens I'll just pop a prime on....


I dunno does that make sense?

I don't want to return this lens and then regret it....


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Dec 03, 2008 08:26 |  #2

I can't imagine many people supporting trading in the 17-55 for an 18-55... it seems to be many people's idea of the 'holy grail' of cropped sensor lenses.


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Dec 03, 2008 08:28 |  #3

if you don't use it much, better sell it before it loses value.
I uses the combo 18-55IS+30mm 1.4, work greats for me
1.4+ ISO 1600/800 is unbeatable in low light shooting, compare to 2.8+IS


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Dec 03, 2008 08:31 |  #4

Yeah IS is great, but it doesn't stop motion. 18-55 IS with a flash seems adequate to me. Group shots would be like F8, architecture the same, or smaller. The only thing I'm worried about really is the focus speed and accuracy.


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Dec 03, 2008 08:33 |  #5

madhatter04 wrote in post #6804217 (external link)
I can't imagine many people supporting trading in the 17-55 for an 18-55... it seems to be many people's idea of the 'holy grail' of cropped sensor lenses.

Yeah it's great. Sharp, fast focusing and has IS.... but I don't think I need the 2.8 and it's a lot of money for the build quality.


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Dec 03, 2008 08:38 |  #6

The main thing preventing me from getting a 5D is the 17-55 IS lens. Think . . . long . . . and . . . hard.


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Dec 03, 2008 08:38 as a reply to  @ mahoro's post |  #7

Is it that you dont like the lens? or is it a conscience burden the money that you spent on the 17-55.
Are you making money with the lens? then it will pay for it self
If not then you know what to do, do your math and go with you gut


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Dec 03, 2008 08:44 |  #8

Well the money isn't that big of an issue. It's already paid for but I've been thinking about the other stuff I could get that would have a bigger impact on my pictures instead of the 17-55.

It's not that I don't like the lens... I just think I could spend that money better.... but I also don't want to get rid of it and then wish I still had it.... *sigh*


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Dec 03, 2008 08:49 |  #9

The only scenario I could imagine where the swap being worth the money saved would be outdoors. That 2.8 is a big deal to me.


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Dec 03, 2008 08:53 |  #10

I do have 17-55 and 24 1.4 L and these two cover all my needs regarding speed and image quality (on 40D). I use the 17-55 a lot for interior shots without flash and it works really perfectly giving good results. I do not think the same would be possible with 18-55. It is another story if you always use flash for interior shots.


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Dec 03, 2008 09:14 |  #11

If you do make the move, be sure to get the new 18-55 IS. Sure the 18 is not as sharp or fast, but it still produces great images. And it is a LOT cheaper.

I really like my 18-55 IS + flash. And I have my 28 and 50 for low light w/o flash. This combo serves me great right now. I use the 18 on the wide end normally, so I can't justify a $1,000 1 stop upgrade (from f/3.5-4 to f/2.8 ). However on the long end, the two stops would be nice.

Also IMHO f/2.8 isn't really that fast indoors. You really need f/2.0 or less.


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Dec 03, 2008 09:22 |  #12

How about the 18-55 IS? It's better than the non-IS versions. So I hear.

I agree with not keeping items that are "overkill," no matter how well regarded they may be. Sometimes I wonder why I keep the 24-70 considering it spends most of its life at f/5.6.


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Dec 03, 2008 09:26 |  #13

if you dont need it, send it back. its as simple as that.

i just cant assure you that youre not going to regret it though...


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Dec 03, 2008 09:31 |  #14

Nick - I know exactly where you're coming from. I've owned the 17-55 F/2.8 IS twice now, and I can't bring myself to love it or keep it due to the build and a few other issues. I've also had the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 which is a fraction of the price and is a good performer. That would give you F/2.8 ability though the AF tends to hunt more than the Canon. I can't comment on the 18-55 IS.



  
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Dec 03, 2008 11:05 |  #15

Nick_b wrote in post #6804254 (external link)
Yeah it's great. Sharp, fast focusing and has IS.... but I don't think I need the 2.8 and it's a lot of money for the build quality.

I find this hard to grasp.
Sorry, what has build quality got to do with it? Do you mean it will fall apart?

Some people say the 35 f/1.4 is a lot of money for a fixed FL lens.

Dont we buy lenses for what they can give us?

EDIT: sorry, i hit post before i was finished.
I was trying to say that i buy my lenses for the galss, not the build. Ive not come across a lens thats fallen apart yet. But i think the 17-55IS is priced just right. People say its L glass and i agree but if it was L build i expect it would cost more but i wouldn't see any difference in my shots.

All IMHO of course and everyone is entitled to theirs? I'm just trying to understand them.


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