17-85IS: seeing is believing

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Paul De Bra
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17-85IS: seeing is believing
May 7, 2005

We just went to an interesting exhibition about artifacts from the 1950s (in a museum with some art objects too). My new 17-85IS lens was an absolute must in this exhibition. The low light, the need for depth of focus, wide angle, and no flash or tripod were all begging for this lens.

I have a Tamron 17-35. It would have been useless because at 17mm f2.8 the depth of focus would not have been enough (forget an even faster lens). With the 17-85 I could often stop down to f5.6 or even f8 and have a usable shutter speed at ISO 400 (which is still reasonably clean on my DRebel). There was an occasional glitch where I ended up with blur because of a shutter speed lower than 1/4s but for the most part the images are free of blur. The 3 stop advantage of the IS is not an exaggeration.
The pictures are at:
http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~debra/photos/knus/ (all available in full size).
Here are a few examples:
20mm, f4.5, ISO 400 at 1/4s

24mm, f5.6, ISO 400 at 1/8s

30mm, f5.6, ISO 400 at 1/6s

20mm, f5, ISO 400 at 1/4s

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Still learning to use the DRebel (only around 12.500 shots)
Public pictures at http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~debra/photos/

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