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

Review Date: Aug 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: A great daytime blend of AF, IS, very useful range, and relatively light weight.
The aperture just doesn't open as wide as I need. The zoom ring feels a bit sticky at time, and the front element picks up a lot of dust.

Overall, I cannot complain about this lens; it has treated me well. It is a very practical daytime walk-around, especially if you only want to cary one lens. The build quality, though decent, falls short a little bit, especially in the zoom and focus rings. IS is a wonder, and has spoilt me in terms of my future purchases. Overall, the right first lens on a 20 or 30D.

All this, not to mention it looks pretty darn cool on the end of my camera; sleek contours and lots of P&S stumping switches.