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

EF17-85
Review Date: Jan 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great zoom range, Very good image quality, good sharpness (yes, despite many reviews to the contrary) lightweight
Cons:
build quality ok, but is put to shame by stablemate EF-S 10-22 which appears to be an L lense in all but name and 'official' weatherproofing

despite reading a number of mixed reviews I have always been intrigued by this lense. I have recently taken the plunge, purchased and have been very pleasantly surprised by the results.

The lense is lightweight and, for it's functionality, reasonably compact. I have the ef-s 10-22 and build quality is not on a par with this, but perhaps not a fair comparison. The 17-85 is on a par with other Canon non-pro lenses in this area.

a well documented complaint has been sharpness, but I have seen no reason to complain here at all. Not on a par with L lenses, but neither should it be. Images are generally faithfully reproduced with good colour and contrast on both my 400d and 30d. chromatic abs and barrel distortion are present, but again not to any alarming degree and none that cannot be resolved easily in post processing. no vignetting without filter, awaiting deliver of adapter ring to use my circ pol, so no view as yet.

The IS feature is a great addition and very useful in those borderline situations where high ISO can degrade impact. No noticeable drop in battery life observed yet.

A great addition to your bag and an excellent choice for those upgrading from the 18-55 kit lense.