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#1 toni-a

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 08:56 PM

The least one could say that in APS-C land Canon users have all the choices.

I own several lenses in and I am positively impressed.

the kit 18-55 STM is already decent

17-55 f2.8 is IMHO an amazing lens, till now I can't find a combo that beats 7D plus 17-55 in the medium range.

15-85 seems a very decent performer on paper at least, testing it tomorrow

18-135: have used this lens and was very pleased with the results.

and now I have three lenses: 18-55, 17-55 and 15-85 and it's hard to let one go....



#2 Rover

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 09:40 PM

Hoarder!  ^_^



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 07:35 AM

It was after many years of costly psychiatric treatment, my analyst concluded it was my lens buying addiction that was the root cause of all my mental and financial stresses which had driven me to the pitiful state of mind I found myself in.........

..........  so it was with a tremendous amount of anguish, and reflecting that it would only be foolish to ignore his expensive professional expertise......

 

          ....that I found a far cheaper psychiatrist and bought a load more!


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Posted 11 October 2016 - 08:31 AM

One simply can't have enough kit lenses.  :D


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#5 Rover

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 03:50 PM

One simply can't have enough kit lenses. :D

Or wide-angles, as it is in my case. :P
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Posted 11 October 2016 - 04:52 PM

Come on, wide-angles are necessary! ^_^ Kit-lenses? :huh:

 

I've a bigger variety in wides than in "longer than 85 mm".



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 05:44 PM

Come on, wide-angles are necessary! ^_^ Kit-lenses? :huh:

 

I've a bigger variety in wides than in "longer than 85 mm".

on 4x5 large format 85mm is in UWA territory ;) (22mm FF equivalent).



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 09:38 PM

Come on, wide-angles are necessary! ^_^ Kit-lenses? :huh:

 

I've a bigger variety in wides than in "longer than 85 mm".

If money had been no object, I would've added a fisheye and a rectilinear mega-wide (like the Sigma 8-16) to my 16-35 and 24/1.4 lenses. That'd make four of 'em. :)

Longer than 85, I'd still get a 85/1.8 VC prime and probably a supertele. Hoarding knows no bounds - thankfully I don't earn nearly enough to manifest it so blatantly. :)



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 09:52 PM

Just checked.

I still have some space left in one or two drawers.  :huh: 

Funny.

What will look good in those bloody drawers?  <_<

 

Something round, probably black? Heavy? Shimmering? Slightly vibrating when I look at it in a certain angle? *droolmodeON*



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Posted 12 October 2016 - 04:34 PM

 and now I have three lenses: 18-55, 17-55 and 15-85 and it's hard to let one go....

 

I begin to understand that some people carry 25kg of photo-stuff around,

 

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#11 toni-a

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 07:53 PM

I begin to understand that some people carry 25kg of photo-stuff around,

;-)

Well for my last trip to a beach resort where I had planned a photo-shoot for a couple I wasn't far from that weight if you include tripods

#12 Arthur Macmillan

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 10:47 PM

I like the 18-55 STM simply because it is light.  It is also really quiet and can perform well, and has a close MFD.  I was gifted a EFS 17-85mm IS USM that was destined to take its place.  It was even made in Japan, unlike any of my kit lenses.  The sad news is AF went out on it.  I'd like to get it working again, but it's not under warranty.  It seems a little redundant as well.  But it was a step up from the 18-55mm IMO.  On paper the 17-85 doesn't look like much, but seemed to get good results.



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 08:57 AM

I used the 17-85 for quiet a while and actually quiet liked it. Lots of distortion but a convenient focal length range.

 

With regards to the failed AF on your lens, I had a similar problem except it was with the aperture mechanism. Turns out a flexi-rigid cable had split due to fatigue. I managed to repair it myself, but its not a job for the faint hearted.



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 10:59 PM

I used the 17-85 for quiet a while and actually quiet liked it. Lots of distortion but a convenient focal length range.

 

With regards to the failed AF on your lens, I had a similar problem except it was with the aperture mechanism. Turns out a flexi-rigid cable had split due to fatigue. I managed to repair it myself, but its not a job for the faint hearted.

 

Understood!  I dutifully watched the You Tube videos on replacing the cable.  My god!  could they have possibly made it any more difficult?  After watching that, and a couple videos on fixing your 50/1.8, I realized something.  I am never again going to attempt a repair on a Canon lens.  I did get lucky once and repaired an EF 35-135 zoom.  But that was a combination of luck, and accepting the fact that extracting a screw that had come loose somewhere inside the camera and not replacing it was an acceptable fix.

 

The lens does work.  What do you want?



#15 Arthur Macmillan

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 11:03 PM

I used the 17-85 for quiet a while and actually quiet liked it.

 

 

For me other than the useful range, the long end seem to render beautifully.  Especially flower close ups.  Just beautiful colors.  I didn't realize how good the colors were until it was dead.  Isn't that always the way!






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