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

Review Date: Oct 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Nice range, Image Stabilisation, generally very good image quality.
Soft when used wide open, CA, heavy distortion at 17mm.

I bought this with my 350D instead of getting the 18-55 kit lens, and have been quite happy with it.

If you expect it to match a $1000 lens then you're going to be gravely disappointed, but the 17-85 is a great compromise between functionality and price. If you're wanting a good, reasonable quality, versatile mid-range lens without spending a fortune, then this one's worth looking at.