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

EF17-85
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
Cons:
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

ef_16-35_28_1_
Review Date: Aug 4, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Well built Fast, silent focus
Cons:
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.