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desbarnio 6 14 Scotland
8 Apr 2012 10:18AM
Hi I have asked before regarding a new lens for my Canon 450d so apologies for asking for help again
Did buy a canon 50mm 1.8 which is a cracking lens so far.
Still would like to replace my kit lens of 18-55mm and I am looking at the

Canon EF-S Zoom lens - 15 mm - 85 mm - F/3.5-5.6 - Canon EF 459.99 or

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens 314.99

I think my preference based on web reviews is the 15mm-85mm but thought I would ask one last time for anyone's thoughts on the two above
Thanks again for any responses

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LesJD 6 158 Wales
8 Apr 2012 10:33AM
If you can afford the 15-85 go for it,the extra 2mm may not sound much but in a tight spot it will come in handy.I had the 17-85 for a few days,not that great on the wide end and the CA was bad, I could have lived with it but the focusing on my copy was iffy.I exchanged it for a Sigma 17-70 (non os) which has been a great lens and I use it for 90% of my work.


steve_p 12 1.2k England
8 Apr 2012 11:27AM
I had two different copies of the 17-85, both of which were fine. I understand that there are mechanical/electronic issues with the 17-85 focussing system after some use. However when I bought my 600D kit, I found the 18-55 was better optically although the build quality is inferior. My suggestion is either go for a 15-85 as Les says or if budget is a bit tight get the Sigma 17-70 OS-I have one and its excellent for the price.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Apr 2012 2:24PM
My 17-85 packed up whilst on holiday in Nepal!!! Fortunately on the last day. I replaced it with the 15-85 and I rarely use anything else now. That extra 2mm on the wide angle does make a difference, makes my Sigma 10-20 almost redundant.

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