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

Review Date: Feb 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $599.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Focal length range and weight makes for a good walk around lens. The IS helps to offset the somewhat slow performance. The AF is very fast. Build quality is on a par with the 28-135mm IS.

This was just the walk around lens I'd been looking for. I've got great copies of both the 16-35mmL and 24-70mmL, however both have their limitations for portable, all-purpose applications. For me, 35mm was just not long enough, while the weight of the 24-70mm just made carrying a camera during a week-long vacation miserable. In my opinion, the image quality delivered by the 17-85mm is very good - both at the long and wide ends. For the uses I've targeted this lens for, it peforms as needed.