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

Review Date: Oct 27, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: The focal range of the lens is very enticing.
The lens is soft.

I was eagerly awaiting this lens to go with my 20D. In fact, I sold my trusty 17-40 L to get it. There were no reviews early on, so I went ahead and took the plunge.

Man, was I dissappointed -- in the lens and in Canon. I wasn't looking for speed, I was seeking longer focal length options and less distortion than I got with the 17-40. What I got was distortion equal to the 20D and noticeably less sharp images. I quickly returned the lens and happily purchased another 17-40. I'm interested in the focal length of the new 10-22, but will now await reviews before I purchase.