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Lens choice to replace my old Sigma 24 - 70 f2.8 on my new 60D


12 Oct 2012 1:01PM
The 15-85 is a good bit cheaper than the 24-105. You could buy a shorty forty as well, and still have change. Wink

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mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 1:04PM

Quote:the red ring around the outside will not be visible in any of my photos


That should be a banner quote on most photo websites Grin
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
13 Oct 2012 9:36AM
Glad I found this thread. I've been looking for a walk-around lens and the 15-85 will replace two old lenses, the 28-105 non-IS (not digital) and the 18-55 non-IS kit lens. Excellent. I would've liked something a bit faster but the 4 stop IS looks after that to some extent, and you can't have everything.

I've been toying with the idea of the 18-55 2.8 but I know that zoom is not long enough and it's expensive too. So the 15-85 sounds just the ticket.
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_ e2
9 535 4 Virgin Islands, British
13 Oct 2012 10:09AM
If you're looking for a good replacement for your 24-70 Sigma you would do well to have a serious look at the new Tamron 24-70 /2.8 with IS. It is sharp as a tack, every bit as sharp as the Mki Canon 24-70/2.8 and comes very close to giving the same quality as Canon's 2k mkii version of the 24-70
Something to watch for with the mki 24-70 from Canon is that it refuses to lock on to focus with the 1Dx in low light, CPS repair centres know about this issue and suggest upgrading to the Mkii. The problem is with the older electronics in the lens not being 100% compatible with the new electronics in the 1Dx. I know that not everyone will be using a 1Dx but when the flagship Canon is struggling with the old lens, who's to say that the lower models in the pipeline won't as well
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
15 Oct 2012 2:26PM
Just had a play with my new 15-85 and have to say so far, excellent. I wondered if the IS was working at first as it's so quiet, and the focussing is quick, sharp and noiseless. It feels very nicely balanced on the 60D.
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SteveHunter e2
6 386 1 England
15 Oct 2012 2:35PM
Thanks for that, the 15 - 85 is the one I have decided to go for. It seems to be the best lens about with the appropriate focal lengths for a cropped sensor.

Combining that with my existing Sigma 10 - 20 for when I want to go really wide, and the Canon 70 - 300L which I have just bought will give me a good coverage of the focal ranges I am looking for.
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
15 Oct 2012 3:09PM
Yes. I have the 10-20 too which I use for inside work, and the "cover all eventualities" Tamron 18-270 for when I don't know what I'm going to be doing, but sometimes you don't want all that length and there's plenty of stretch with the 15-85 to cover most eventualities. I mostly do candids/street/documentary so I don't often need a long focal length and although a faster lens would be nice I don't really need it for outdoors stuff.

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