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Canon shooters -- walk around lens showdown: 28-135 vs. 17-85

Poll Results: Which lens is better as a general walk-around lens?

 
  • 34% (10)
    EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM
  • 65% (19)
    EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
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post #1 of 62
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I recently picked up a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, but found a very good deal on a EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM for not too much beyond the trade of my 18-55 kit lens, so I had to jump on it.

My question would be this -- I'm not a pro photographer (obviously) -- at least yet. Which lens would you suggest of the above two as a walk-around lens? I like the fact that I can get alot tighter with the 28-135, and I like that it's slightly better (3.5 vs 4) on the light side.

I think I'm going to sell whichever one I dont use to save towards a 70-200 F/4L IS, so that can be part of the deciding factor too...

As for what I shoot? Just about everything, pretty much except sports at the moment -- landscapes, people, portraits, documentary style stuff, etc. Mostly outdoor stuff (until I get my YN 460 flash at least) unless things are well lit. Oh, and I'm shooting a 500D/T1i at the moment (but am toying with the idea of treating myself to a 7D or equivalent next year).
Edited by MistaBernie - 2/14/11 at 12:13pm
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post #2 of 62
Since your shooting on APS-C and it's a walkaround lens, I would choose EF-S17-85 4-5.6 IS, because you can get alot more in your frame in the wider end, and not lose much in the telephoto end.

Also, this lens is designed for APS-C cameras and won't overlap with your 70-200 F4 IS down the road.

And 7D MkII this year before the Olympics anyone?
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post #3 of 62
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wow, seems overwhelming at this point. Kind of wish people would talk a bit more about why they feel the way they do, but in a landslide situation that may not be necessary..
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post #4 of 62
Nitpicking aside, the IQ on either lens is comparable. The range of the 17-85 is more versatile on a crop sensor, but I used the 28-135 for a good while and it's a solid performer for the money.
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post #5 of 62
I've used both lenses as walkaround lenses myself. The 17-85mm is an EF-S lens that can only be used on APS-C cameras, whereas the 28-135mm is an EF lens. The 17-85mm is actually the 28-135mm designed for APS-C cameras compensating for the crop factor.

That bit aside, the IQ with both lenses are similar. The only differences I see is that compared to each other, the 17-85mm has a bit better IQ on the telephoto end, whereas the 28-135mm has better IQ on the wide end. Conversely, the 17-85mm is capable of wider angles whereas the 28-135mm has more "reach".

Truthfully, since the two are similar to me, I'd just choose the one with the focal length that fits your needs the most. Do you want the wider angles of the 17-85mm or the additional telephoto of the 28-135mm? Both lenses will do you well.
post #6 of 62
If you bought the 28-135 from a store, i'd say return that one since you paid less for the 17-85.
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post #7 of 62
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wish I had, got a deal on it from CL..

That's something else to consider too I suppose -- if I decide to go to a 7D down the road, I dont believe I can use the 17-85 on it. That being said, if I'm not shooting professionally, I dont really have any reason to go to a 7D -- in fact, doing so could be detrimental (I may not use it as much as I would use the 500D -- if something happens to the 500D out of warranty (or stolen, etc), I can replace it relatively cheaply. If something happens to the 7D out of warranty, I cry for a few days first, and then probably buy the cheaper one anyway.

Lots to think about, thanks as always gents!
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post #8 of 62
The 7D is an APS-C camera, so it'll still be able to use the 17-85mm and any other EF-S lenses. It's only the 5D/1D series that won't be able to.
post #9 of 62
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d;12387613 
The 7D is an APS-C camera, so it'll still be able to use the 17-85mm and any other EF-S lenses. It's only the 5D/1D series that won't be able to.

Oh, cool -- thanks!

hey, you finally sell that 18-55? I used mine as part of a trade for a 17-85 on POTN thumb.gif
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post #10 of 62
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Originally Posted by MistaBernie;12387633 
Oh, cool -- thanks!

hey, you finally sell that 18-55? I used mine as part of a trade for a 17-85 on POTN thumb.gif

Yep, I managed to do so smile.gif Now just saving up for an 85mm f/1.8 and my lens collection will be complete!

Yea, I'm so used to primes that I use them as a walkaround lens now instead of a zoom lens.
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