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Old March 13th, 2008, 05:47 PM
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Another Canon lens that's popular is the 17-85 mm zoom. Some recent reviews have been a little tepid, but it sure does have a following. It's in the $500 range ($450-$520 lately). 5-to-1 zoom and a decent wide angle at 17 mm (equivalent of 28 mm in film SLR).
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Old March 16th, 2008, 08:13 AM
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The big difference between the two lenses is light gathering ability...the 17-40mm is a faster lens. It is an L lens which is Canon's higher grade of lens. It focuses down to 11"
The 17-85mm has IS which almost makes up for the slower speed, it has a longer reach and it focuses down to 13.8"
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Old November 20th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens

Forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place.

I'm about to buy a DSLR, and have decided on the Canon EOS Rebel XSi, partly because of the size and weight--it's the one that feels comfortable in my hands (and it gets good reviews). It comes in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, but a very accomplished photographer friend is advising against that particular lens. Instead, he's recommending a 17-85 mm lens, which is much more expensive.

I've been reading the thread on walking around lenses, and have noted the favourites mentioned there. What I'd like to know is, does anyone have any experience of the Canon 18-55 mm lens? I've read mixed reviews.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 12:10 PM
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Forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place.

I'm about to buy a DSLR, and have decided on the Canon EOS Rebel XSi, partly because of the size and weight--it's the one that feels comfortable in my hands (and it gets good reviews). It comes in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, but a very accomplished photographer friend is advising against that particular lens. Instead, he's recommending a 17-85 mm lens, which is much more expensive.

I've been reading the thread on walking around lenses, and have noted the favourites mentioned there. What I'd like to know is, does anyone have any experience of the Canon 18-55 mm lens? I've read mixed reviews.
Thanks for any advice.
AGG

I own the Canon XSi, but I got the kit lens. I do not have the 17-85 lens. From what I know of Canon lenses, you would be very happy with the 17-85 lens. Canon lenses (like Nikon) are top quality.

I am sure someone else will be along to add more about the 17-85 lens.
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I bought my XSI back in May, and the kit lens was the 18-55, however I worked a deal with the supplier and got the 17-85 instead. I am very pleased with the results. I can't speak to the 18-55 as I have no experience with it nor do I know of anyone using it.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 01:52 PM
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I should have added my kit lens (18-55) has been very good. There are times I wish it had a slight bit more zoom.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 02:16 PM
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Lenses

I don't have experience with either but certainly there is an advantage to the longer range of focal length of the 17-85. That size will do a lot of things. Is it a faster lense than the 18-55? To me that is becoming the most important factor as I see the limitations of some of my lense and wish they had a better aperature.

You might check on lense reviews at http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/.
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I got the XSi with the 18-55 IS and I think it's a great lens for the cost. I think it only added about $100 to the price when purchased with the body. The only thing I've seen to complain about is some chromatic abberation when shooting trees against a bright sky. I'll see if I can dig up some examples and I'll post them here later.
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Thanks, everyone, for taking the trouble to respond, and for pointing me towards another site that has reviews. I have to admit that now I'm totally confused, but maybe once I sleep on it things will become more clear. At least the choice of camera was easy, as I'm moving from a Canon S2 IS. That camera has kept me happy for the last few years, so it seemed logical to stick with Canon.

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Since you are convinced you want the Canon XSi (and I do not blame you!) I would like to suggest you get the DVD called Canon Rebel XSi Crash Course. I have this DVD, and HIGHLY recommend it! Michael Andrews does an excellent job of teaching you not only about how to use the camera, and every button and feature that there is, there is also included a crash course on basic photography!

There are 2 short sample videos on his website so you can see what he is like.

His website is not secure, so I emailed him. He sent me an email that I could pay him thru paypal.

His video is very good! I am glad I got it.
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