A&P Thoughts on the Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM?

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  1. nicklk

    nicklk New Member

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    I sold my Tamron to purchase a 24-70 2.8L but I won't be able to pull it for a few more weeks, but now I dont have anything midrange and the 50 got irritating quickly :o

    There is a guy selling a Canon 24-85, hood, and three filters (CPL, UV, and warming) for $200........decent deal for a temporary lens?
     
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    nicklk New Member

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    Any input? I got him talked down to $180 after researching the used pricing on the lens...Includes Canon EW-73 II hood, Tiffen UV/haze filter and Tiffen 812 warming filter

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    its a pretty uninspiring lens.
     
  4. nicklk

    nicklk New Member

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    As long as it focus's in low light better then the Tammy I will be satisfied with it till I have the funds saved up for the 24-70 2.8L, and I will be able to get my money back thru ebay, just wanted some feedback on it
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    not worth buying. slow at the longer focal lengths
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Verdict

    The Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM exhibited a quite mixed performance. On the upside the lens is very sharp with very little vignetting throughout the range. Unfortunately distortions at 24mm are pretty hefty as are chromatic aberrations. The build quality is pretty decent and the AF performace is a joy. All-in-all the lens is capable to beat the cheapo EF-S 18-55mm as well as the EF-S 17-85mm IS and regarding sharpness it can even rival the the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L (on APS-C). If the focal length range was more attractive here the lens would have been a killer but as such it is just a good compromise.


    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/canon_2485_3545/index.htm
     
  7. e.pie

    e.pie Active Member

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    can I buy it if you don't, or if you do can I buy it from you when you're done with it :x:

    I don't shoot midrange stuff enough to justify the cost of an L :o
     
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    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    you want low light focusing? get a prime lens
     
  9. nicklk

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    Ya, when I am done with it, you get first dibs

    I have a prime, 50 1.8
     
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    I need it for the 24-50mm focal range, beyond that I'll use my 70-200 or 50
     
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    woooot, when are you going to be done with it?
     
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    mystix OT Supporter

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    Which tamron are you talking about? because i am seriously considering the 17-50.
     
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    nicklk New Member

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    Most likely a month or so....I'm shooting by the end of July

    The 28-75, the 17-50's low light focusing I hear is alot better
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Tamron 17 50 f2.8> 24 85
     
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    Well....of course. But the 17-50 is $400 used......I got this for $180. This is by far, no means of a permanent lens, completely temporary
     
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    well thats a toy...try a usm prime like the 50 1.4 or even better the 85 1.8
     
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    awesome, thats about when I was planning on picking this lens up anyways :cool:
     
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    Took some sample shots here at work......overall, its a decent lens for a temp. Will only focus at 24mm beyond 16 inches, which the Tammy got a lil closer then that....probably my only complaint. Its lighter, less bulkier then the Tammy also

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    I've been looking at this lens for a while now actually, most of the reviews I've seen have said this is one of canons best non L zoom lenses :dunno:
     
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    And for $180..................
     

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