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Am I wrong? 15-85mm and 17-55mm comparison

 
Mattcoomber1
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Feb 26, 2010 16:31 |  #1

Hi everyone, I am very new to all this so I wanted to know if it is me or does the 15-85 look sharper accross the board than the 17-55 in this comparison CLICK ME (external link)

If I am wrong i would be really greatful if someone could tell me what I should be looking at when comparing.

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Feb 26, 2010 17:07 |  #2

read this.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …8-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)

15-85 has greater range, but the 17-55 is sharper it seems.


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Feb 26, 2010 17:09 |  #3

or this..covers the exact point!

http://community.the-digital-picture.com/forums/t/2​923.aspx (external link)


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Feb 26, 2010 18:55 |  #4

Mattcoomber1 wrote in post #9689468 (external link)
Hi everyone, I am very new to all this so I wanted to know if it is me or does the 15-85 look sharper accross the board than the 17-55 in this comparison CLICK ME (external link)

Thanks

Matt

Wow. I had not seen that yet (can't believe I actually missed it!) I've got both of these lenses and I'm impressed with either one of them. But I'm floored seeing the 15-85 stomp the 17-55 in the linked test (wide open at the wide end of the focal length.) Nice!


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Feb 26, 2010 20:15 |  #5

Mattcoomber1 wrote in post #9689468 (external link)
Hi everyone, I am very new to all this so I wanted to know if it is me or does the 15-85 look sharper accross the board than the 17-55 in this comparison CLICK ME (external link)

If I am wrong i would be really greatful if someone could tell me what I should be looking at when comparing.

Thanks

Matt

Read the actual review of the 17-55. Every ISO12233 crop he posts goes along with the written review. He found that the 17-55 (or at least the one he had) was softer at closer distances, which shows up on the chart. See SLRGear or Photozone for a better comparison.




  
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Feb 26, 2010 22:00 as a reply to  @ toxic's post |  #6

I have both, and my copy of the 15-85 easily and handily outperforms my copy of the 17-55, and the IS is a bit better on the 15-85 as well. The 17-55 is much faster at 2.8 and that's why it's still here, but that's only comparing these two samples of these lenses.

This is on a 7D. Back on the 40D, I thought my 17-55 was the better lens I had put on that body.


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Feb 27, 2010 02:28 |  #7

hey im considering getting the 15-85 or the sigma 17-70 the price difference is huge what do you guys recommend

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Feb 27, 2010 03:01 |  #8

pretty interesting.


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Feb 27, 2010 03:48 as a reply to  @ richierich1212's post |  #9

Guys, The Digital Picture is a wonderful website, but take the focus chart tests there with a pinch of salt. I'm not saying that the 15-85 is a lesser lens, or can't easily match the 17-55 in a lot of respects, tis just that the test are far from decisive, and I certainly wouldn't evaluate the real-world performance of any of my lenses on that basis. Take the Siggy 30mm for instance; TDP websites rates it so-so, but in practice it's a truly stunning lens :D


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Feb 27, 2010 05:55 |  #10

To the guys that have both lenses, do you have any real world comparisons. Which do you prefer and why? I am torn between these two. One part of me says go 17-55 as you can go from using indoors to outside without any hassle but then the other side says but the 15-85 is cheaper and you get the extra range. But then the other side comes back and says but you are going to get a tele zoom anyway so why do you want the extra reach lol! :)




  
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Feb 27, 2010 05:59 |  #11

Nifkin wrote in post #9692929 (external link)
Guys, The Digital Picture is a wonderful website, but take the focus chart tests there with a pinch of salt. I'm not saying that the 15-85 is a lesser lens, or can't easily match the 17-55 in a lot of respects, tis just that the test are far from decisive, and I certainly wouldn't evaluate the real-world performance of any of my lenses on that basis.

right, that's what they say about the Tamron, the owners of the Canon 17-55 will plead with you not to look at those charts !

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …&FLI=0&API=0&Le​nsComp=398 (external link)




  
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Feb 27, 2010 06:01 |  #12

Whatcha talkin about Willis?...

The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens boasts a longer focal length range but lacks the fast aperture and is not as sharp (especially in the corners) as the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens. The two lenses are rather close in center sharpness but most of the time my primary subject is not dead center in the frame. Once again, lower barrel distortion at the wide end is in the 17-55's favor. Price is also a differentiator between these lenses.

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Feb 27, 2010 06:32 |  #13

LTZ470 wrote in post #9693156 (external link)
Whatcha talkin about Willis?...

The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens boasts a longer focal length range but lacks the fast aperture and is not as sharp (especially in the corners) as the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens. The two lenses are rather close in center sharpness but most of the time my primary subject is not dead center in the frame. Once again, lower barrel distortion at the wide end is in the 17-55's favor. Price is also a differentiator between these lenses.
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The OP is comparing the 15-85 and the 17-55, not he 17-85 and the 17-55.:oops:


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Feb 27, 2010 07:18 |  #14

watt100 wrote in post #9693154 (external link)
right, that's what they say about the Tamron, the owners of the Canon 17-55 will plead with you not to look at those charts !

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …&FLI=0&API=0&Le​nsComp=398 (external link)

This link gets posted countless times in order to trash the 17-55. Then someone always points out that even TDP themselves admit that the test shots for that lens aren't indicative of the lenses performance. I used to own the Tamron 17-50, and, although very good, it is pipped to the post by the Canon in many respects.


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Feb 27, 2010 08:19 |  #15

I was having a hard time deciding between these two on paper, so I bought them both! Unfortunately, I'll have to return one after I'm done doing comparisons. They both seem to be great lenses.




  
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