These are used in combination with one of my cameras:
Recently a couple of pictures graphically illustrated that the 17-85 is by no means on an equal quality level as the L lenses I have got (the only comparison is where the lens ranges overlap, the subjects a taxiing NATO E-3A and a KC-135R, both at Geilenkirchen). I am aware I could expect the L-types to outperform the EF-S one, but the extent to which this happened surprised me. The difference was not only visible during "pixel peeping", but also when looking at the picture when it scaled to fill my computer screen.
Needless to say, since then I am seriously looking for an upgrade to the short range lens. And this is where my troubles start.
I mainly do aircraft spotting and every once in a while some motorsport (car racing). The 27-85 is mainly used for:
The way I currently do my photography, I pretty much require the entire zoom range I have available. From the 17 (which I sometimes even consider not wide enough) all the way up to 400.
On this forum I can find plenty of posts about the L lenses, with the 24-70 and the 24-105 frequently playing a lead role. However, considering I am using a crop camera (and a change to full frame is unlikely), and that I am using the range down to 17mm, I am wondering about the 15-85. From a zoom range point of view, although quite large in a single lens, it sounds interesting, and from what I read about it, it is an improvement over the 17-85.
This might initially be more about me trying to get my ideas and thoughts about an upgrade right in my mind, than one of many threads about which lens to get. At this stage I am gathering info, with there being no must for a replacement on the short term.
So: any comments and feedbacks about the Canon EF-S 15-85 F/3.5-5.6 IS USM? Would be greatly appreciated.