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

EF17-85
Review Date: Jul 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Love the range this lens offers. Great lens for hiking (which I do alot of) and a good lens for weddings (which I do a few of). Light weight. good price. Great IS!! Like that the front element does not rotate when focusing.
Cons:
The lens collects dust inside due to the zooming mechanism (don't know how to stop this or how to get the dust out). It's variable aperture, which isn't a fault, that's just how it was designed and I can't yet afford a constant aperture lens.

Most of my shots are outdoors while hiking all over the place so this lens does quite well and give me alot of useful focal length coverage.

The variable aperture does not usually bother me, only occationally when shooting portraits or at dusk.

The IS is wonderful. I think there should be some sort of government mandate requiring all lenses to be manufactured with it. Smile

The image quality is good as far as I can tell, but then again I have never shot with an L quality lens and don't own anythign better with which to comapare results.

The one major fault is with dust. Because I do most of my shooting outdoors, and alot in the desert, I seem to be having a dust problem. When zooming out the lens seems to suck dust into its insides. I don't know how to stop this or how to get it out (any suggestions would be great). I would prefer if this lens had internal zooming to go along with its internal focusing.

The auto focus is awesome. compared to another lens I own, (tameron 75-300mm) the AF on this lens totally blows it out of the water. Rarley misses focus (only in low light or on subjects with little or no contrast). Very silent and very fast.

I don't know what else to say about this lens I like it alot for a begginers lens, but I will soon be replacing it with a 24-105 F/4 because I want the constant aperture and will be moving to the FF 5D, so I will have the same Focal lengths.