17-85 vs 15-85

Started Apr 18, 2012 | Discussions thread
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James Noe Forum Member • Posts: 83
17-85 vs 15-85

Hi,

I used to have the Canon EF-S 17-85 USM lens, but it broke (ribbon cable inside wore away with zooming, not an uncommon problem unfortunately).

I replaced it with a Tamron 17-270 lens as a bit of a hurried purchase as I was about to go on holiday. It's a useful lens, but I don't find the image quality as good as the Canon 17-85, plus the focussing is too slow and inaccurate for my liking.

I decided to just go and buy another 17-85 lens, but saw there's now a 15-85 lens that has 2 additional elements, and may arguably have better image quality but is quite a bit more expensive.

I'm not too fussed about the extra 2mm as I have a 10-24mm lens but I can see the benefit.

Just wondering if anyone has any concrete comparisons or views.

Thanks,

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Canon EOS 70D Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM +4 more
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