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

Review Date: Aug 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $599.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good walk around range IS very impressive Sharp at zoom end
Very soft at 17 Significant chromatic abberation or fringing with bright background light Corners soft Not bright enough (starting at f/4 and downhill) which I think causes the camera to struggle to focus sometimes

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Aug 4, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 5 

Pros: Well built Fast, silent focus
Very poor pictures at f/2.8 but better from 4 on Softness at 35 Strange lens hood Way too expensive Heavy Limited zoom range

I bought this lens to replace the EF-S 17-85IS f/4-5.6 on my 20D.

My expectation was better focusing (yes), sharper images (sometimes) and better low light performance (no way).

I think the weight, limited zoom range, and range of image quality (from poor at 2.8 or soft at 35 to decent in other circumstances) just didn't sit well with what I paid for it so I returned it.

At 20 times the cost of a 50mm1.8MkII lens which gives me great pictures except at 1.8 I expected more.