KenjiS wrote in post #8623111
Yes, I believe f/4 was possible with a slight increase to 77mm filters...It would be a little heavier too, But in general, same sort of package
The only reason i believe they didnt is that the price would increase to about $1100 and they probubly felt people wouldnt pay that for an EF-S lens...
I figured as much, plus 77mm filter size would be perfect in my case since it's the same size as three of my lenses.
Wouldn't the people who dished out $ for the EF-S 17-55 be willing to pay in the $1100-$1200 range for a 15-85 f/4? (or perhaps be pissed off that a "better" lens came out after, lol). Personally, I would be darn happy to spend that much for such a lens.
I guess for Canon, there's the incentive to buy a FF camera and, say, the 24-105L lens (to move away from or complement 1.6x crop), which would net them more money. On the other hand, I assume that people willing to purchase the 7D for USD$1699 would also be willing to purchase a higher-end EF-S lens to go with their brand new camera. But oh well, at this point it's just wishful thinking. I'll stick with my 17-55 until something else comes out.