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

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Review Date: Apr 29, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Small, light weight, good range
Cons:
optical quality could be better

I use this lense on a 5D-I. It is small, light and the 24-85 range is very useful on a full frame camera. Optically it is OK but not great. For landscape shots it needs to be stopped down to F11, and even then the corners still look smeared at most focal lengths. Color and contrast are not as good as my 17-40 but this can be fixed in post processing. Pictures look sharp up to 12 x 18. At 20 x 30 loss of sharpness and definition are obvious at close viewing distances. High contrast scenes such as snow against blue sky or rock show noticeable color fringing. Not a bad lense if used within itís limitations: shoot raw, F11 or 16, donít enlarge beyond 12 x 18 or 13 x 19 unless the photo is to be view from a distance.