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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Feb 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: An excellent one-lens walkabout
f5.6 is very slow in anything but bright daylight (although 800 ASA ability helps)

I just want to comment on Captainatomic's review posted on 29th December (in the middle of the Christmas break!)

He said "The Sigma 30mm was giving me 1/800th at f1.4 ISO 200 INSIDE!
The Canon was giving me 1/8th at f5.6 (at ~30mm) with IS ON."

Either There was a dramatic light change between the two shots, or the Christmas spirit got the better of him. 1/800 at f1.4 translates to 1/50 at f5.6 Alternatively 1/8 at f5.6 is 1/120 at f1.4. Either way, I think there would have been a fairer comparison, and I would back my 17-85 to at least equal his 30mm in that light.

As noted by many reviewers, 50 to 85mm on a 1.6 camera are great for portraits, but f5.6 is not. That's why I also use 50mm f1.8 and 85mm f1.8 when I'm shooting just portraits outdoors.