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

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Review Date: Feb 11, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Weight (much less than 24-70), fixed 2.8, very crisp images, rich color. Can't say I've seen any noticeable distortion at the edges for practical purposes.
Cons:
None so far

I've only had the lens for a couple weeks, and while I do wish it had a bit more range, I've been very pleased. So far I've used it: snow-covered landscapes from mountaintops in Whistler, Canada; banquet and lecture halls with poor lighting, close-ups of family at home, and at my daughter's 13th birthday in a low-light ballroom dance studio. It performed quite well in all these difficult conditions. I rate it equal to my 70-200 2.8L in image quality, and it will be my primary lens for some time, I imagine.

No dust after a couple weeks. Mine is a used factory refurb copy, and I put a filter on the moment it came out of the box. Price-wise it was great -- from B&H for $850 with warranty and all, lens hood, and clear digital filter it was still $25 less than a brand new one.