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10/31/2006 09:37:03 PM · #1
I got to spend some time at a canon booth at a trade show. I got to play with some lenses. I want one. I've spent too much lately. I need help.

I want the 17-55 2.8 IS. It's only $1039. That's what, 1039 wendy's something or another's, right?

I can sell my tamron 28-75 and sigma 18-50 2.8 and be 2/3 of the way there.

Talk me down off the ledge, please.
10/31/2006 09:39:27 PM · #2
buy it...get rid of those 2 lenses and get the one you want.

I am all for spending money on lenses.
10/31/2006 09:40:59 PM · #3
Dream page..
10/31/2006 10:00:03 PM · #4
They're not talking you down, BTW, they want you to jump!

JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!
10/31/2006 10:22:57 PM · #5
I've read that it takes great pictures but has a big problem being a dust magnet. Has Canon done anything to improve that?
10/31/2006 10:25:51 PM · #6
Just curious.... in your opinion, what does the Canon 17-55 2.8 offer you that you don't already have with the Sigma 18-50 2.8? Is it just the IS or is there more to it?

I have the Canon 17-85 IS. I do wish it was a 2.8 lens - that is the primary reason I don't use it very much. Instead I use the Canon 24-70 2.8 a whole lot more, primarily for the 2.8 aperture. The IS on the 17-85 really doesn't buy me much of anything because at those focal lengths, I can pretty much hand-hold any exposure with or without IS.
10/31/2006 10:28:46 PM · #7
Yeah, buy it man.
It's sure to make you a much better photographer.
11/01/2006 02:25:14 PM · #8
Originally posted by dwterry:

Just curious.... in your opinion, what does the Canon 17-55 2.8 offer you that you don't already have with the Sigma 18-50 2.8? Is it just the IS or is there more to it?

I have the Canon 17-85 IS. I do wish it was a 2.8 lens - that is the primary reason I don't use it very much. Instead I use the Canon 24-70 2.8 a whole lot more, primarily for the 2.8 aperture. The IS on the 17-85 really doesn't buy me much of anything because at those focal lengths, I can pretty much hand-hold any exposure with or without IS.


That was my thought, then I bough the canon 10-22 (my most expensive lens to date and second most expensive single thing i've bought after the 30D)

I've been using the sigma 18-50 for 18 or 20 months now. I know this lens, and it's shortcomings. For it's price class it's a good lens.

the 17-55 IS...usm is one benefit (faster better focus you can tweak) and the IS...I handlheld at 55mm a 1/4 second shot and got a sharp image. On my sigma I might, maybe, get that at 1/30. 1/4 is 3 stops slower and that is a significant difference IMO. And I'd bet the image quality is better - will that matter most of the time? No, but if it makes all my images even 2% or 5% better than my competition's then I get more work and make more money.

I'll have to see how my xmas pet season goes this month. If I can pull in more than $1500 I may do the upgrade.
11/01/2006 02:27:03 PM · #9
Originally posted by bood:

Yeah, buy it man.
It's sure to make you a much better photographer.


it will allow me to get images i can't get now, or to shoot at a lower ISO so the images I get look better. It should also give me more in-focus shots for more keepers, sharper shots for better enlargement.
11/01/2006 02:46:50 PM · #10
Originally posted by dwterry:

Just curious.... in your opinion, what does the Canon 17-55 2.8 offer you that you don't already have with the Sigma 18-50 2.8? Is it just the IS or is there more to it?

I have the Canon 17-85 IS. I do wish it was a 2.8 lens - that is the primary reason I don't use it very much. Instead I use the Canon 24-70 2.8 a whole lot more, primarily for the 2.8 aperture. The IS on the 17-85 really doesn't buy me much of anything because at those focal lengths, I can pretty much hand-hold any exposure with or without IS.


dwterry - keep in mind that the 17-55 2.8 IS is an EF-S lens. It will not work on the 5D. The 20D and the 300D will work with it.'

Just FYI
11/01/2006 02:58:20 PM · #11
If you can carry one lens instead of two ... and it's better quality ...
GO GO GO!!!!
(ps: I may not have a Canon but I usually have an opinion :)
11/01/2006 04:25:48 PM · #12
Originally posted by Prof_Fate:

Originally posted by bood:

Yeah, buy it man.
It's sure to make you a much better photographer.


it will allow me to get images i can't get now, or to shoot at a lower ISO so the images I get look better. It should also give me more in-focus shots for more keepers, sharper shots for better enlargement.

Sometimes you need greater DOF, and you're shooting at f/4 or f/5.6 or so even if you have a faster lens. That's where IS helps. (Think of a school play or similar--poorly lit stage, kids all over the place, you can't move too far from your seat....)
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