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    so can anyone tell me what the benefit of buying this lens would be

    Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Kit Lens

    i've already got the 18-55 and - would it be worth getting second hand or should i learn to master the other one first

    what would i use it for?














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    oooo lens questions :) excellent

    There are a couple of different 18-55 lenses, is the one you have the kit lens? the one with no IS?

    the 17-85is really is a great little lens. It's optically better in my experience than the 18-55 kit lens which means it's sharper and has a bit more zap in its images. HOWEVER I should say, the 18-55 differ greatly between units and if you have a good one then the difference will be less than if you have a rubbish one if you see what I mean :)

    The range of the 17-85 is a bit nicer that's for sure. Those extra 30mm will give you a bit more zoom when you need it

    The IS will definitely help with static images in low light... it can allow you to hand hold in much lower light situations than without it.

    It could be used for everything really, it's a general use lens so portraits, flowers, moderate landscapes, travel etc.

    I tend to advise against second hand lenses unless youre skilled at knowing the telltale signs of problems. I've seen a lot of ebay lenses that have been cleaned up, have had blurry spots or other problems. Better to buy somewhere where you can take it back.

    In terms of mastering your other lens first. Despite everything I've said, you probably wont buy the 17-85 and then think WOW!!!! it won't give you THAT much that you don't have. I generally recommend the 17-85 instead of the 18-55, since you already have that one, unless you can sell it for a decent price, I'm not sure it's wise to duplicate the range. I think you'd maybe be better off buying a lens that would increase your creative range like a wide angle for landscape, a macro for close ups etc.
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    brilliant thanks Keith, it is the one without IS and it's the canon

    i also have a tamron 70-300 so which should be next do you think? i have some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket but don't know whether to spend it on camera stuff or a handbag














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    Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 9575
    brilliant thanks Keith, it is the one without IS and it's the canon

    i also have a tamron 70-300 so which should be next do you think? i have some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket but don't know whether to spend it on camera stuff or a handbag
    Well can't help much with the handbag

    Lens wise it really really really depends what you enjoy photographing most and how happy you feel with that 18-55. I mean you could get the 17-85 and sell the 18-55.

    A macro lens is always nice if you enjoy taking photos of flowers and things and canon do some really nice sharp ones.

    an 85mm 1.8 is a really great lens for portraits

    or a 10-22mm will give you a new perspective on wide angle shots! amazing how much you can get in a photo with one of those
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    like the idea of the portrait one - what's the difference between the one in the 1000's and the 200 one?














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    Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 9604
    like the idea of the portrait one - what's the difference between the one in the 1000's and the 200 one?
    The aperture :) and a bit of build quality

    the 85mm 1.8 is a great portrait lens. It's a BIT longer on your camera than it would be on a full frame but it's still one of the all time best. It's light, sharp and just enough compression to make someone's big nose look fine 1.8 is GREAT for low light too! seriously, you'll be able to take photos by candle light with a high enough iso and no flash needed.

    If the 1.8 is a Mercedes of Lenses, then the 1.2L (the 1000odd one) is a Bentley. It's even better in low light, professional level build quality and quality across the lens is just spot on. Is it worth an extra 1000? Unless you're making money with it or are rich, definitely not in my opinion. It's a "well I just won the lottery so why not" lens
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    i wasn't actually thinking of buying it lol!!! just curious

    thanks for all your help Keith














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    Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 9609
    thanks for all your help Keith
    no problem :) I love choosing lenses :)
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