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Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 HELP
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2012, 10:45:50 AM »
IMO, the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS is the best general purpose zoom for an APS-C body.  It's optically slightly better (just slightly, though) than L-series lenses covering simlar focal lengths (16-35 II, 17-40, 24-105) when comparing on the same APS-C body, has a constant f/2.8, and has IS.  Build quality is good, but short of the L-series lenses.

The 15-85mm is also worth considering - a bit more distortion and worse vignietting, variable aperture that's 2 stops slower at the long end.  If you'll be shooting mostly outdoors or using a flash indoors, don't need f/2.8 for portraits/action, it's worth considering as well.
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Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 HELP
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2012, 08:54:11 PM »
I got this lens last year after using a Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC. It's THE social event lens- wide enough for those group shots, and 2.8 lets in enough light indoors if it's bright enough. IS works WONDERS in dark events since you can handhold posed shots down to 1/15s! The only caveat is that 55mm isn't always enough reach to snap candids since once you get close enough, you're noticed.

Great lens, only wish it were weather sealed so it wouldn't be prone to dust and other stuff getting in it. Good performance throughout the range, sharp at 2.8 and actually doesn't improve that much upon stopping it down. This was unlike the Tamron which was INCREDIBLY soft (almost useless) at 2.8, but boy, once you hit 5.6- if you got a well-focused shot, WOW.
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Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 HELP
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2012, 11:42:29 PM »
Buy the 17-55. I have one and it's awesome. Worst case you want to sell it in a few years (highly unlikely), if so the used prices of that lens will mean you're only out a few hundred at most. Consider it a long term rental fee.