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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Apr 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Colour, sharpness, lack of distortion, contrast. Light.
Zoom and focus ring reversed from L - takes getting used to. Doesn't feel as good as L.

Took me a long time to decide and when this specimen came up for sale, I grabbed it within 5 minutes of posting and beat the others to it by a few minutes!!

Taken a few test shots and my verdict is that it is almost as good as my 17-40L lens in terms of image quality, still not quite the sharpness as my 50 1.8 MkI and 85 1.8.

I reckon Canon should tag these EF-S "L"s perhaps with a "LS" designation and a green ring or something to differentiate them from the 18-55s of this world.

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Oct 10, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharper than I expected after reading reviews etc. Well built for the price. Nice colour
Some zoom creep.

Having read reviews, ratings from photodo and photozone, I concluded this is an average piece of glass and bought one because of the range (I already have a 28-80 USM Mk1 but 28 = 45 on my 300D (DRebel) and 24 at least gives me a more useful 38 equiv.

I also regularly use a 50/1.8 Mk1 which is superb but I must say, so far the 24-85 is not far behind, better than my 28-80 and much much better (as expected) than the mediocre 18-55 kit lens.

Really cannot complain FOR THE PRICE, which is half that of the 17-85 IS or the 28-135 IS.