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

Review Date: Mar 25, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great range, IS, takes great pictures
Barrel distortion at the wide end

I bought this lens 3 months ago when I got my Xti, which is my first dslr.

I was drawn to it because it had the most useful range of the lenses that I was looking at. I liked the fact that it had IS. Despite mixed reviews I saw a lot of very nice pictures taken with the lens. I couldn't justify the cost of L glass.

I'm very happy with it. It's a great all around lens. I live in the Seattle area and the IS comes in very handy when taking outdoor shots when it's overcast. It's very quiet and the auto focus is very fast. It has a very nice look and feel to it on my Xti and most importantly it takes very nice pictures.

The only real downside is the distortion at 17mm which can be pretty noticeable depending on the lines in the picture.

Every lens has it's pros and cons. For me the pros far outweigh the cons. It was the perfect upgrade for the kit lens.