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

EF17-85
Review Date: Aug 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Good zoom range, nice build quality as compared to kit lens. FTM, and decent macro. IS. Cheap lens upgrade if purchased in a kit.
Cons:
Slow lens. Some zoom creep. Too expensive outside of a bundle.

I've found generally good results with this lens. It's pretty flexible in terms of the focal lengths and focusing distances available. Seems Canon assumes the IS will make-up for the slow apertures. From my recollection, the aperture stops down as noted below.

17 mm - f/4
22 mm - f/4.5
24 mm - f/5.6

General sharpness, contrast and colour seem pretty good. Not prickly sharp or surreal with colour but definitely an upgrade from the standard kit which is all this seemingly is meant to be.