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

Review Date: Jun 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Versatility, the focal length is perfect. IS is flawless Surprisingly good image quality Perfect walk around lense for 1.6 crop factor cameras
Perceived as expensive.

This lens has had a rough start and a lot of bad reviews, primarily because of the price. I bought it as part of the kit with the 20D. I have probably taken upwards of 2000 photos with it. I have a number of other lenses, but this one is like it is magnetized to my camera. I like to use primes, but somehow, it always ends up attached to my len mount. It's versatility as a one lens solution/travel lens is unsurpassed. It is an almost perfect mate for the 20D which I think was introduced at about the same time. With the high ISO of the 20D, this combo can do almost anything. The 17-40 and 24-70 can't cut it for the focal lengths necessary to qualify as a travel lens, at least for me. If the 1.6 crop factor becomes a standard this will be a classic