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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

ef28mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Aug 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: solid build, nice lens on a 20D (1.6x makes it almost a 50mm lens), very responsive
Cons:
a bit soft at the edges

This lens is very, very sharp in the center but gets a bit soft toward the edges. It is not an amazing lens, but it is a good one and considering the options in wide angle lenses with USM, I would recommend it. However, for what it delivers I think it is a bit overpriced.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Aug 5, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: IS works well, all round lens.
Cons:
IQ not what I expected for the price, lens does not feel solid.

I bought this lens together with my 20D about a year and a half ago, and all I can say about it is I don't like it. It has gotten to a point that I don't really enjoy using my 20D as much as I should, because I know I won't be happy with the image quality (having a 50/1.4 I know what de 20D is capable of).
The softness in the corners at wide angles is beyond what I find acceptable. I also don't like how much contrast the lens gives to the pictures. Dark areas become black where other lenses still see detail.
The 17-85 is very sharp at F8 but gets soft very soon and is almost unusable at F4.
Last but not least, this lens gives you very little possibilities to play with focus/unfocused or bouquet. Even at F4 everything looks more or less in focus.
Maybe I'm too demanding, or maybe I got a bad copy. But this lens is not the one for me.