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    Default Need advice on Canon lens

    What is the difference between EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens and EF-S 18 - 55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens?Which is a better lenses for group photo and a user friendly lens?

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    Default Re: Need advice on Canon lens

    Depends on what you are shooting.

    Both 17-85 & 18-55 are kit lenses, meaning "entry" level.

    You should do quite a bit of reading up first, this is always helpful and other CS'ers would not feel that you are being spoon-fed.

    17-85 has longer reach, 30mm more than 55mm. Therefore, you can bring your subject closer to you.

    Having said that, even if you are using the 18-55. Say you are 30mm short, just take a few steps and walk towards your subject.

    Group photos and general portraits can range from 35mm-85mm. As both the kit lenses are EF-S, the camera is cropped at 1.6x.

    This means that your 55mm is actually 88mm (by a multiplier of 1.6x).

    Confused yet??

    BTW, welcome to CS.
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    Default Re: Need advice on Canon lens

    Quote Originally Posted by vipercrow View Post
    What is the difference between EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens and EF-S 18 - 55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens?Which is a better lenses for group photo and a user friendly lens?
    Hope that helps: http://photonotes.org/articles/beginner-faq/lenses.html

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    hahax!Thanks for the help of both of you..

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    Default Re: Need advice on Canon lens

    IQ wise
    i say 17-85 is better

    still i wont regard the 17-85 as entry , its a v good lens sharp and fast focussing with 3 stop IS
    superb

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