Canon 5D mark ll with 15-85 lens

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    On this camera would the 15-85 IS USM lens be a good walk around lens? The 24-105 is not very wide at 24mm on the low end. The 24-105 is probally a good lens for a full frame sensor. Just not sure if I want to go that way. The 105 mm end is fine.
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    That is an EF-S lens so its not going to work on a full frame like the 5dmii.

    I'm my opinion the 24-70 is a great walk around lens. But if you want somthing wider then look at the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.
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    You can't use the 15-85mm lens. Its an EF-S fitting, and the Canon 5D Mark II is a pro-line full-frame which is only compatible with an EF fitting. Its also a full-frame camera which means your 24mm is 24mm. If you use the 15-85mm on a cropped sensor, you're really shooting at about 24-136mm (x1.6 crop factor). The 24-105 is a great walk around lens, the only thing most people might debate is the f4. The big plus (if you're not shooting moving objects) is the IS.
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    The closest lenses are the ones Light Guru suggested. Are you looking at investing in the 5dii? Kind of makes me nervous for you...
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    Why are you nervous when someone buying a camera?
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    I had a scenario in my head that if this post wasn't created, he would have purchased that lens and then had issues mounting it. Then my brain compiled a list of other disastrous possibilities with attempting to physically mount an EF-S lens on a full frame camera. Wasted money, repair costs, the list trickles and that in turn made me nervous for the OP.
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    I see. I can see that happen, bring out the hammer when lens won't fit. :)


    As for OP, if you are happy for the focal length range of 15-85mm, then the 24-105mm is a good fit.
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    That and if your going to invest in a 5DmII or any full frame body for that matter why skimp on cheep glass. I will take better glass over body any day. If you want a body like that then invest in some L glass.
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    Back in the days of 35mm film, the Canon 28-135mm IS, was the most often recommended 'walk around' lens. It's a nice, mid-quality lens that is a nice size and price.
    The 17-85mm IS, is practically the same lens, but in EF-S format for crop sensor digital cameras. The 15-85mm pretty much replaced the 17-85mm, so I can see why it would be recommended as a 'walk around' type lens.

    But as mentioned, EF-S are not made for full frame cameras.

    So you might look at the old 28-135mm, but also as mentioned, if you are going to be using a high resolution full frame DSLR, you should also be using high quality lenses...so the 24-105mm F4 L IS, would be a better choice...although it's a lot bigger and more expensive.
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    Thanks for all the info. I was not sure about the 15-85. I will go with the 24-105. I may wait to see how the 6D reviews are in before pulling the trigger on either camera. Thanks again.
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    If you are fine with the smaller max aperture of f4 then I'm sure that lens is fine. If you want a bigger aperture then the 24-70 f2.8 may be the way to go.

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