Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Wins

In this post I mentioned my debate between the EF 17-40mm f/4L and the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. The EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM won. I did not fall to what the internet refers to as “red ring blindness”. A bit better image quality and the IS system won me over. If my wallet would only forgive me…

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canon efs 17-55mm f/2.8 is usm + ew-83j hood

Only consequence of not buying the 17-40 f/4 L is that the EF-S lenses do not come with the lens hood… so that set me back another few bucks. The EF-S 17-55mm uses the EW-83J hood. Someone suggested to me that with this hood on it, the lens looks “badass”. I cannot disagree.

I also picked up a B+W 77mm UV-HAZE filter. I have debated putting filters on the end of lenses in the past, opting for hoods only, but this lens was expensive enough that I changed my mind. The 17-55mm is rumored to suck dust in the front element without a filter. While this does not, apparently, decrease image quality I am nonetheless uninterested in dust inside my lens. Should probably get one for my EF-S 10-22mm as well, but my wallet is hiding from me…

Morris Valley Stitched Panorama

Stitched Panorama (4 photos) from the edge of Morris Valley Road, North of Harrison Mills. A bit of a bulge to this is because I haven’t yet learned to fix the distortion at 10mm, and doing it after it was stitched would probably be misguided.


The Seven Million Dollar Home

Yes, that is what they call it. No, not sure why. Although, it would seem that Crumpler has many much weirder names for their bags. They have a bag called the “Dreadful Embarrassment”. No, really.

I bought one of these today. The “Seven Million Dollar Home”:

I’ve been using a Lowepro bag for the last few years. Its a great bag, but I bought it when I had just one lens for my camera. On short jaunts not far from the car I’m tired of putting it down and trying to flip it open to get my camera out each time I want to use it. The Crumpler should be much nicer for that sort of thing. 🙂

Now I just have to figure out if Im going to buy the EF 17-40 f/4 L USM or the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM. Decisions decisions… to commit to EF-S or not? The mighty L is tempting too.