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.. but seriously: 17-40 vs. 15-85 - which one ?

 
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Jan 09, 2010 11:41 |  #1

I intend to buy me a good wide lens, and, aside from the well-known options that are the 10-22 and Toki 11-16, which would be a better one to spend my money: the 17 or the 15 ? Is the 17 a sharper lens and has better color saturation than the 15? Is it it better wide open and at minimum focal distance ? Does it focus faster and better? After all the 17 is an L, while the 15 isn't...:rolleyes: Ah: all the above questions are for a crop camera - the 50D.


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Jan 09, 2010 11:46 |  #2

Most here won't recommend the 17-40 on crop. I've been using it on my XSi and like it. I noticed a big difference in color and contrast of the images coming straight out of camera than compared to non-L prime lenses i had been using.


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Jan 09, 2010 12:22 as a reply to  @ Moooney's post |  #3

I suggest you sell your 17-70 & purchase the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM if you can fit it in your budget. Then the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8

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Jan 09, 2010 12:27 as a reply to  @ Moooney's post |  #4

canon havent as yet put the L on any ef-s lens, but this one seems to play in that league to me ;) certainly expensive enough, more than a 70-200F4 and if it came with a hood it would be close to some others. As far as IQ and af speed is concerned I love mine :)


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Jan 09, 2010 12:28 |  #5

Hi!!.. I would chose the 15-85.. It has extraordinar sharpness!! Prefec travel zoom... If you don't need 55-85, and mostly shooting artistic shoots, then I agree with Silverfox1....




  
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Jan 09, 2010 13:57 |  #6

Tough choice! The 15-85 is far more versatile, but the images I have seen show that the color and contrast is not at a 17-40 level. Plus the build quality is different. I'd love to get a 15-85 IS in my hands to test it out extensively.


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Jan 09, 2010 15:12 |  #7

Silverfox1 wrote in post #9358799 (external link)
I suggest you sell your 17-70 & purchase the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM if you can fit it in your budget. Then the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8

Regards, :D


Seconded. To me, the 15-85 doesn't seem worth ~$720 for a lens that's f/5.6 at 85mm. I've never shot either, but the 17-55 has a pretty stellar reputation, and constant f/2.8.



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