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Old Nov 21, 2010, 9:24 PM   #11
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So let me ask again, I have an XSi, I have someone that wants my 18-55 is, and for another $100 I can get a used 17-85mm....Is this worth it, will I get atleast the same image quality(outside ) with better build quality with the 17-85, one better or worse? I just can't afford the 15-85mm...
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Old Nov 22, 2010, 10:07 PM   #12
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So let me ask again, I have an XSi, I have someone that wants my 18-55 is, and for another $100 I can get a used 17-85mm....Is this worth it, will I get atleast the same image quality(outside ) with better build quality with the 17-85, one better or worse? I just can't afford the 15-85mm...
We find (my wife and I) that the 17-85 is a very good lens. It has been on one of our two camera almost all the time for the last three years.
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So let me ask again, I have an XSi, I have someone that wants my 18-55 is, and for another $100 I can get a used 17-85mm....Is this worth it, will I get atleast the same image quality(outside ) with better build quality with the 17-85, one better or worse? I just can't afford the 15-85mm...
17-85 is a much better lens then 18-55 even if it is second hand (provided it is in good condition)
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 6:32 AM   #14
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I have the kit 18-55 on my 550d and to me it is a good lens I would look at some reviews on the 17-85 as I dont think its a good upgrade. A better choice maybe the sigma 17-70(new version). I can see why you are tempted at the price what version of the 18-55 do you have
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 8:38 PM   #15
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I have the 18-55 (IS) version, 1 1/2 years old,,,it just feels so cheap, I am leaning towards the Tamron 17-50 as a replacement.
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Have you considered the 15-85 IS USM Canon lens? It's a very nice lens, however, a bit more expensive.
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Old Dec 1, 2010, 7:17 AM   #17
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How about the Tamron 17-50, it seems the older one has very good reviews on sharpness?
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How about the Tamron 17-50, it seems the older one has very good reviews on sharpness?
The Tamron 17-50 is faster f2.8 but slower to focus with less range. We had a Tamron17-50 VC f2.8 last year didn't care for the lens, kept the 17-85 as my wife's main lens.
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How about the Tamron 17-50, it seems the older one has very good reviews on sharpness?
I have the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (older one without the IS) and I love it.

I use it for family get togethers, birthday parties, group portraits, and as a general lens when I don't really require the reach on the 70-200.

Lens has worked very well on both the XSi and 50D. Can not compare it to the 17-85 since I never used it but I like it much more than the kit 18-55 IS. I like to avoid flash in many walk around casual shot so the Tamron works better than the kit lens. If you were using a flash like a 430 or 580 then it may not be worth the upgrade cost.

Main negative I have found is the distortion on the short end. I now use Lightroom's lens adjustment for those cases.
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 6:23 AM   #20
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I ended up buying a new Tamron 17-50 non vc for $325, going to put the addition moneys towards a 60D.........
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