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Old Feb 26, 2010, 8:08 PM   #1
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Default 18-55mm IS vs 17-85mm IS

hello
i already own the 18-55 and since its the made in japan 2nd version its a nice cheap little surprise.
however its not far enough when the situation arises!!
is the 17-85 any better, does give me 30mm more???
will use mostly outdoors <landscapes etc> but for indoor parties as well because my 28-135 is not wide enough.
will use flash if i have to!
any opinions on the new 17-85???
i would really like an EF mount as i can use it on my Elan 7E film camera.
thanks in advance for your opinions.
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Old Feb 27, 2010, 7:34 PM   #2
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the ef-s 17-85mm will give you about the same view as your ef 28-135mm IS with the crop factor. There is a replacement for the 17-85, the ef-s 15-85mm suppose to be a bit better.

You will not find a lens down at 10 to 18 on the near side in a EF mount zoom. As EF mounts were design for full frame and 35mm film. Only ultra wide angle zooms are available. Very short zoom range. The least expensive is the sigma 12-24mm. But from all the advice. It does not work to well on full frame and film with vignetting issues. Also there are 2 L series lenses that are ultra wide, but will not give you a long reach either. The 16-35 and the 17-40. But like all L lenses, they carry a hefty price tag.
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Old Feb 27, 2010, 7:39 PM   #3
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yea. the 17-85 is built better and focus's faster, but optically its really no better than the 18-55 IS.

the new 15-85 is MUCH BETTER, and is in fact a very nice lens. but will not work on your old film camera as it is EF-S as well.
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 12:04 AM   #4
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thanks for your responses
stay away from wide angle on film and full frame cameras
now i see why
will wait and do some more research
good thing i asked here
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You can go with ultra wide angle on film. Just that it will be very expensive. You can get a wide angle prime like a EF 20mm 2.8. It does a good job. But not as well as the L series lenses.
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