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Canon 17-85mm USM L IS lens - any good?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:05 pm

Heard conflicting reports on this lens....

Help!! It is pricey. What might be a good alternative? Is the IS useful on a short lens like this?
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Re: Canon 17-85mm USM L IS lens - any good?

Unread post by bert » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:15 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Heard conflicting reports on this lens....

Help!! It is pricey. What might be a good alternative? Is the IS useful on a short lens like this?


Imo to expensive
When using for landscaping i always make pictures from a tripod/solid beanbag and therefore imo IS is not a necessity
Landscapes generally dont move like animals

My recent tripreport landscape of Sweni was made from a tripod with long exposure the capture the reflection of the reeds in the water.

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Unread post by bert » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:51 pm

I would go for a 12-24 mm as altenative
With the sensor at 1.5 you have 35 mm
Very satisfied with a Tokina12-24 F4 which has been tested in Europe a equal or even with better glass quality that Canon

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Unread post by delboysafa » Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:15 pm

I have the 17-85mm and if I am honest, I dont rate it very highly. Its not even close to the sharpness of my L lenses. But, it covers a range for me. Am saving like made for the 16-35mm L F2.8, but will take me a while :D

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Unread post by Craig » Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:19 am

delboysafa wrote:I have the 17-85mm and if I am honest, I dont rate it very highly. Its not even close to the sharpness of my L lenses. But, it covers a range for me. Am saving like made for the 16-35mm L F2.8, but will take me a while :D


I agree with Delboy. I bought this lens because I wanted a wide lens that would cover the range all the way up to where my 70-200mm starts.

While I do use the lens it is not my favourite. I find that at the wider end it has quite bad chomatic abberation which detracts from the quality of the photo. This is something that I don't consider acceptable in a supposedly quality lens. Besides that though I think it's an OK lens. I think that as long as the lens is used between 24mm and 85mm it is ok, but wider than 24mm you get the CA.

The build quality is excellent though, not flimsy and wobbly like the bundled 18-55mm lens, although I don't remember getting the amount of CA on my 18-55 as I do on the 17-85,

As for the price, probably not worth what it costs. I'd recommend it if you could find a second hand one cheaply.

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Unread post by Mike1916 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:01 pm

hi there
I have recently come across the opportunity to but a Tamron 28-300 AF XR DI LD IF F/3.5 -6.3 lens for my Canon 400D and was wondering if any forumites might have any advice on the quality and sharpness of the lens and whether or not it would be a good buy for R2300?

Any advice will be appreciated forumites! :D
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Re: Tamron 28-300 AF XR DI LD IF f3/5 - 6/3 for canon advice

Unread post by Hibiscus » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:42 pm

I had a Tamron 28-300 a couple of years ago - and was not happy with it. Sharpness and picture quality - ok for the price, but not great. Main problem is the f 6.3 @ 300 mms. What use are the 300 mms if all the pictures are unsharp because the exposure time is just too long? Especially for wildlife photography, where a lot of photography takes place in low light conditions at dusk and dawn. Ok, today you can change ISO settings, but still... You'll always have a compromise...

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Lens advice please

Unread post by Carole » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:12 am

Hi there,
I have a Canon 450D. I have the 400L prime which is excellent and an 85mm prime f 1.8.

My kit lens however 18-55mm is not to my liking as pictures lack clarity and sharpness. This bugs me no end.

I want a lens for scenery and general photography (kids playing in the garden etc.) (no cropping intended) and would prefer one of the L glass lenses. I don't want a f2.8 or lower. Around f4.5 would be fine or even f5.6.

Can you give me any advice as to which lens to go for? I want tack sharpness, clarity and good colour.

By the way I have a 70-300mmIS for sale - 3 months old - perfect condition, if anyone wants to make an offer. : - )

Thankyou.
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Re: Lens advice please

Unread post by Scout » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:40 pm

how about the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM?? I am a nikon shooter but have read some pretty good things about this lens
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Re: Lens advice please

Unread post by wingman » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:08 pm

Hi carole canon have out the efs 18-200 F3.5-5.6 IS , it is not an L lens but a lot of the pro's are switching to it as it is extremely versatile i find it very handy and saves lots of lens switching the reports I have and from what I have experienced it is very clear, try looking it up on DPreview.com

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Re: Lens advice please

Unread post by Scout » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:01 am

the rule is anything with more than 3-5x magnification is bad news no matter how many pro's switch to the lens, to get to 10x they had to offer something up somewhere along the line in manufacturing...
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Re: Lens advice please

Unread post by Carole » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:23 am

Hallo,

Many thanks. However, I am not looking for a zoom lens.

I just want a lens that will produce clear and sharp pics of scenery and general use of buildings, children at play etc. I have the 400L prime for close ups and the 85mm prime for portraits / low lighting.

I am therefore wanting a wide angle lens which will produce excellent IQ. My kit lens does not produce good IQ at all with scenery. Hills, mountains, trees etc. are a little smudgy.

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Re: Lens advice please

Unread post by DuQues » Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:34 pm

The 10-22 would be my choice then. Yes, it zooms, but that makes composition easier. It's a sharp as a razor, I've always wondered why it's not an L... And read the explanation, but can't remember it.
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Re: Lens advice please

Unread post by Johan N » Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:19 pm

What about a Sigma 10-20 f/3.5? Some togs swears its as sharp or sharper than the Canon 10-22 and then its slightly cheaper as well. The Canon 17-40, as mentioned by Scout, is also a good option.

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Re: Lens advice please

Unread post by AndyM » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:08 am

Although not quite as wide, I've been using a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO lens, yes it says macro, but does really well at landscapes, sharp all
the way to the edges (had a Tamron, simillar zoom range that was woeful).
Also as it says, it takes very good macro, and because of the 70 end works well for portrait shots.
I usually prefer Canon lenses, I don't do a huge amount of landscape, so couldn't justify the big bucks for a Canon L series.
If you are going non-Canon, it would probably pay to try the lens in shop with your camera body as there seems to be quite a bit of variability with lenses...
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