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Lens advice please

Discussion in 'Canon Conflab' started by RogerMac, Jul 7, 2020.

  1. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    The topic of my new(?) camera seems to have wandered over several threads but I think this is the final instalment.

    As you will know I now have a 7D sh and am very pleased with the extra reach this gives with a EF 70-300 . For a small lens I have a40mm pancake. But I rather fancy a zoom and perhaps the 15-135mm STM Ken Rockwell seems to like it but does anyone have any advice?
     
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Depends on what range you want. I've no experience of the crop-sensor cameras or their lenses but the EF-S 15-85 has been well spoken of on the forum. The closest Canon I have is the EF 16-35 F4 L which I use as my standard wide-angle zoom on full frame but that is probably too short a zoom range for you.
     
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  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Thanks but it is twice the price and I am not sure I want to spend that much on a second camera especially as i it may get borrowed by a granddaughter
     
  4. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    The 18-135mm STM is a very capable lens. I have one that came bundled with my 70d and haven't felt the need to upgrade from it. The Sigma 17-70mm is highly regarded too.
     
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  5. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    The EF-S15-85mm is the way to go if you got the budget, excellent lens in every way. If I remember right it was usually paired with the 7D. back in the day.
     
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  6. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Many thanks . The Sig!a does appear possible and I will check reviews. I should be on my short list
     
  7. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    I have all the STM variants
    The 18-135 is nice, it’s silent, has IS but as a walk around lens I find it hard work. It also has a tendency to ‘zoom creep’
    I sold the ef-s 18-200 and very much regret doing so. It was louder than the 18-135stm but I much preferred the handing - just felt better on the 7d
    As for the 15-85mm.... I’ve stayed clear having read far too many negative comments.
    Besides the 24,40 and 50 stm
    My most used is the delightful 18-55 is stm F4-56 latest version. It’s considerably smaller than the older 18-55 is stm and ofcourse the 55-250 is stm needs a mention too ( love my 55-250...just love it)
    I never use the 7d since buying both 80d and 7dii- but I can’t bring myself to let go. It’s a fabulous camera

    enjoy
     
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  8. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Perhaps you could say what you can afford to help people with the advice they can offer rather than guess.


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  9. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I use my second hand EF 24-105mm L on my 7d2 body, that way I can also use it on the 6d. It's a bit long at the short end, but I learn to cope :)
     
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  10. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    is that the Mk1 or MKII?
    I’ve avoided the Mk1 due to the common ribbon failure (Expensive repair) I did land the ef 24-105 stm for a bargain price off ebay...very plasticky but the IS and STM behaves exactly the same as it’s smaller ef-s brothers. It feels better on the 6D than the 5diii.
     
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  11. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I could afford any lens advertised on AP but in but in fact the question should be "how much do I WANT to spend". In fact I am leaning towards the 17-70mm but I will not decide until after the chancellor's statement tomorrowk
     
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  12. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Mark 1, had it ages, absolutely no problems.
     
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  13. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    glad to hear that. I always wanted one but that ribbon issue put me off. I know many swear by it, but many also regret buying. So I guess it’s luck of the draw!!
     
  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Can’t say that I’d heard of this fault. Probably famous last words but I bought mine in 2007 in a kit with my 5D. Only issue has been cracked lens hood from dropping it a few times.
     
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  15. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

  16. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Yes I googled it. Hard to say how common it is though. Generally it is people with a problem that post so it’s easy to get the impression that everyone has a problem. As a kit lens for 15 or so years there must be hundreds of thousands out there.
     
  17. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I have had my 24-105L for about 8 years and never a problem. The 6D is a bit battle scarred thought.
     
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  18. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Agreed, I guess 'in the realm of failures, this is a common failure' but that doesn't tell us anything about how many lenses don't fail.
     
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  19. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Also consider the Sigma 17-50 2.8.Possibly a bit short at the long end but it is a constant 2.8. Pretty good lens.
     
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  20. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    In fact I am leaning towards the 17-70mm but I will not decide until after the chancellor's statement tomorrow.

    Unfortunately I fear the impact on several people will be much greater than whether they can buy a specific lens.
     
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