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[Canon.ca] Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens $749.99

I don't shoot Canon anymore but when I did I had this lens and liked it. I noticed that it's on sale now for $749.99 ($1299.99 list price).

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Also Amex Plat has a $50 bill credit for the Canon e-store, if you happen to have that.
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I shoot Canon EF-S and this lens is just ridiculously expensive. The EF-S system is also slowly dying, in my opinion. I would try to buy EF full frame lenses whenever possible.

Just get the EF 50MM F1.8 STM and stick with the kit lens. If you desperately need a 17-50 F2.8, very easy to get a used Tamron VC one for $200-$250.

Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 is also very cheap and a good lens. So is the EF 40mm f2.8.
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Kurtz7834 wrote: I shoot Canon EF-S and this lens is just ridiculously expensive. The EF-S system is also slowly dying, in my opinion. I would try to buy EF full frame lenses whenever possible.

Just get the EF 50MM F1.8 STM and stick with the kit lens. If you desperately need a 17-50 F2.8, very easy to get a used Tamron VC one for $200-$250.

Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 is also very cheap and a good lens. So is the EF 40mm f2.8.
Any opinions on a used Sigma 18-50 f2.8? theres one on kijiji near me for $220
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stancehunter wrote: Any opinions on a used Sigma 18-50 f2.8? theres one on kijiji near me for $220
Depending on your Canon body I hope you have Micro adjust feature.

Sigma should provide good image quality and similar in sharpness to the 17-55IS.

You must test to see that you do not get front/back focus with any lens especially 3rd party. If you owned mirrorless this would eliminate the issues of front/back focus.

Even jumping onto an EOR RP FF mirrorless will improve image quality a lot. Even the EF mount for mirrored bodies is on the verge of extinction in the future. RF mount on the new mirrorless will be the latest gen.
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stancehunter wrote: Any opinions on a used Sigma 18-50 f2.8? theres one on kijiji near me for $220
I got Sigma instead of Canon nor Tarmon for my 7D. Used it for 8 years. Found it is very comparable to Canon but almost half the cost. ($1299 vs $699 when new). It does focus slower than Canon and lack of FTM. But it came with 10 years warranty instead of 1 from Canon. Tarmon is much slower in focus compare to both Canon and Sigma. It was $600 new at the time. Based on pricing and functionality, I got the Sigma without regret.
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notslow65 wrote:

Even jumping onto an EOR RP FF mirrorless will improve image quality a lot. Even the EF mount for mirrored bodies is on the verge of extinction in the future. RF mount on the new mirrorless will be the latest gen.
As long as Sony A7 full frame emount lenses remain so expensive, Canon EF lenses are gonna hold their value very well. Lots of A7 and A9 guys using adapted Canon lenses.

Canon will also have to support the EF pro market for at least another 10 years, if not longer. EF is not going anywhere.

EF-S on the other hand is getting dumped all over the place and prices of those lenses are plummeting. Hence why I said that it is nuts to spend $750 on the lens in the OP.
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Kurtz7834 wrote: I shoot Canon EF-S and this lens is just ridiculously expensive. The EF-S system is also slowly dying, in my opinion. I would try to buy EF full frame lenses whenever possible.

Just get the EF 50MM F1.8 STM and stick with the kit lens. If you desperately need a 17-50 F2.8, very easy to get a used Tamron VC one for $200-$250.

Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 is also very cheap and a good lens. So is the EF 40mm f2.8.
I plan on keeping my 80D for a very long time but it would suck to buy this lens and not be able to re-sell it as easily if I do ever upgrade to full frame
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Squirrel99 wrote: I plan on keeping my 80D for a very long time but it would suck to buy this lens and not be able to re-sell it as easily if I do ever upgrade to full frame
The 80D is a killer camera for video. But the EF-S lenses are falling rapidly in value.

For a fast cheap short zoom, I would recommend a used Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for crop only, $200-$250.

Or you can never go far wrong buying a Canon 24-105L f4, that lens holds its $500ish value very well and I use it a ton on my 6D.

Spending high amounts on EF-S only lenses is just dumb at this point.
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Kurtz7834 wrote: The 80D is a killer camera for video. But the EF-S lenses are falling rapidly in value.

For a fast cheap short zoom, I would recommend a used Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for crop only, $200-$250.

Or you can never go far wrong buying a Canon 24-105L f4, that lens holds its $500ish value very well and I use it a ton on my 6D.

Spending high amounts on EF-S only lenses is just dumb at this point.
So you're saying I should wait for a used 17-55 to drop even more in price :D

I pretty much only use my 70-200 F4L anyway, or a Sigma 70mm EX 2.8 Macro
Rarely ever use the 18-55 kit lens as I mostly take pictures of animals or nature
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Inclemental wrote: I got Sigma instead of Canon nor Tarmon for my 7D. Used it for 8 years. Found it is very comparable to Canon but almost half the cost. ($1299 vs $699 when new). It does focus slower than Canon and lack of FTM. But it came with 10 years warranty instead of 1 from Canon. Tarmon is much slower in focus compare to both Canon and Sigma. It was $600 new at the time. Based on pricing and functionality, I got the Sigma without regret.
It's worth noting that if you need Dual Pixel Auto focus support, the third party lenses usually don't support this. My Tamron 17-55 f2.8 will only autofocus through the viewfinder, DPAF doesn't worth on my 70D.
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Squirrel99 wrote: So you're saying I should wait for a used 17-55 to drop even more in price :D

I pretty much only use my 70-200 F4L anyway, or a Sigma 70mm EX 2.8 Macro
Rarely ever use the 18-55 kit lens as I mostly take pictures of animals or nature
If you're just shooting stills, the Tamron or Sigma 17-55 f2.8 are great buys for crop. They won't work for video and dual pixel auto focus.

For video and DPAF on the 70D, I have found the 18-135 STM to work very well, the 24mm f2.8 STM is also great, as is the 55-250 STM. Canon makes some great cheap (sub $200) EF-S lenses for video. The Canon 10-18 EF-S is still a killer deal if you need wide angle. And the lowly 18-55 STM is a great buy, I just picked up a barely used one for $50. Used is king, the 18-135 is sub $200, 55-250 STM is $100 to $120.

Last I checked on Amazon.ca Warehouse deals the 24mm f2.8 was going for like $120 used. Killer deals can be had on Canon APS-C stuff.
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Kurtz7834 wrote: If you're just shooting stills, the Tamron or Sigma 17-55 f2.8 are great buys for crop. They won't work for video and dual pixel auto focus.

For video and DPAF on the 70D, I have found the 18-135 STM to work very well, the 24mm f2.8 STM is also great, as is the 55-250 STM. Canon makes some great cheap (sub $200) EF-S lenses for video. The Canon 10-18 EF-S is still a killer deal if you need wide angle.
Wide angle and short zoom are on my wish list but I'm in no rush
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Squirrel99 wrote: Wide angle and short zoom are on my wish list but I'm in no rush
The Canon 17-55 is a very good lens optically but it's crazy to pay $850 or so (factoring in tax) for it at this point, with EF-S on the way out.
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Kurtz7834 wrote: The Canon 17-55 is a very good lens optically but it's crazy to pay $850 or so (factoring in tax) for it at this point, with EF-S on the way out.
I could have bought it for 500 used once on Kijiji but it could have been a scam or in bad shape

Maybe someone will put one up on RFD for under 500 at some point :p

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