Canon EF-S 17-85 Vs Canon EF 28 - 135??

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  1. netronelson

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    Hello folks...

    I'm looking for a walkabout lens to replace the kit lense on my 350d. I already have a 60mm Macro and the Sigma 70-300 dg apo lense so was looking for something inbetween these for general use and to stop the need for lense swapping all the time.

    I have a budget of under £200 (and am happy with used lenses), and liked the build quality of the canon compared to the sigma (especially the USM) - so I narrowed it down to the canon 17-85 f/4-5.6 is or the 28-135 f/3.5-5.6

    Somehow the 28-135 sounds like a better lense with the wider f stop and longer zoom range, but it's actually cheaper than the 17-85...

    Does anyone have any experience of the two? Top tips and things to bear in mind?

    Or even better, know of one for sale?? :)

    Cheers,

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  2. senu

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    The 28-135 is the better lens.. but that is also because the 17-85 ( which i often defend) probably represents a missed opportunity by Canon to make a much better than kit lens especially given how much it costs

    Saying that , It is better than the Kit , with a good build and USM and IS (which rocks) and AF is reasonably fast accurate and silent but as a lens, it inst the sharpest knife on the block and barrel distortion at 17mm is a bit naff (to be polite) : unless you get it really cheap it is often compared with the "Cheap but quite cheerful" Sigma 17-70 which is better VFM , and cheaper

    It has been described as kit lens optics with IS by the POTN crowd but I think that is an indictment of it rather than fact
    The Canon 17-55 which also has IS and USM and a constant 2.8 is in a totally different class ( but it costs £5-600+):eek:!
    I do have both the 17-85 and have use of the 17-55 ... no contest really

    If you have a 70- 300 you would be missing out on the wide end by getting a lens which starts at 28mm ( on a crop) and its range overlaps with the sigma 70- 300
    There is also the 24-105L but it isnt liked by everybody
     
  3. netronelson

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    Cheers senu - makes a change for the cheaper lense to be favoured(!)

    I'll keep my kit lens, so i'll still have the wide if I need it, even at the lesser quality. Likely the next on the list after this is a 10-20, so that will quench that...

    Anything with an 'L' is out of my league at the moment!


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  4. RobDickinson

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    Why not the 28-105 cheapie, nice and sharp.

    IMO you have 70+ covered anyhow, go for the 17-50f2.8 tamron.
     
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    sigma 17-70? great lens
     
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    If you 're keeping the kit lens for the wide end I'd go for the 28-135. Nice reach and IS make it a lot more practical than the 28-105. It's actually a good single lens to have if you must travel light.
     
  7. netronelson

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    Thanks for the help folks - i've gone for the 28-135...!

    Let's see if IS is all it's cracked up to be...

    Cheers,

    Nelson.
     

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