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Old Aug 31, 2012, 4:14 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I have had a Canon Rebel XTI for about four years now and it's been a great camera. Three years ago I treated myself to a Canon 17-85mm lens, which was a welcome addition.

However more recently the focusing has been playing up. After looking around online it seems this is a common problem with the lens that it gives up the ghost after a few years.

So what should I do? I have the kit 75-300 which I rarely use so was thinking of replacing the two of them with say a Canon 18-135 or Sigma 18-125, but also looked at the 18-200 from the two brands. The Sigma is cheaper and offers a 5 years warranty which is a huge advantage.

I read on some posts here that the Canon 15-85 is a great lens but it is quite pricey. I would splurge if it really was the best option but the one-year warranty compared to the five is a big difference.

The other option is that I replace the both camera and lens together although there's nothing wrong with the Rebel body (I've taken 7000 or so photos) and don't want to spend all that money to replace both camera and lens because of a dying lens.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old Aug 31, 2012, 4:16 PM   #2
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If the Canon 15-85 is too rich for your blood, you might want to look at the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.0 OS.
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i have the sigma 17-70os it really is a nice lens
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Have heard great things about both lenses suggested in the above posts. Flip a coin might help between those two lenses.
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Old Sep 4, 2012, 10:07 AM   #5
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Thanks for your help everyone, the Sigma 17-70 seems a good replacement, plus it goes from f2.8. Similarly, I can get a used Sigma 18-200 from a friend for $290 in good shape. Thoughts?

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The Sigma 18-200, just as any jack-of-all-trrades-and-master-of-none lens, isn't as good as multiple lenses of less ambitious zoom ranges.

And even on the cheap, you'll soon find out it was NOT money well spent.
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I don't buy that the 17-85mm lens "gives up the ghost" after a few years. I have taken thousands of photos with mine since 2006 and it remains sharp, quickly and accurately focusing, and with good image stabilization. If that does not describe yours, it probably needs a repair, although mine never has.
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