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

EF17-85
Review Date: Oct 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: compact, convenient range, is, ring usm, sharp in the center, you're getting what you pay for
Cons:
no zoom lock, a bit slow @ 4-5.6, no included hood or case, some ca and softness wide

This lens was made for the aps-c 1.6x crop cameras. Not perfect wide open, but stopped down a bit easily matches the sensor resolution. IS is unbelievable, you really don't realize how much camera shake can affect your pic's until you begin using a non-IS lens. I can take pictures at night and still have 35-50% chance of decent outcome.

Overall, great lens for rebel/xt, 20d. You can pixel peep all you want, but to get the range of this lens you would need several lenses and if you want L-quality, well, you're going to be spending an extra $2000+ .

I have no regrets getting this lens, don't have to worry about qc control and focus issues of 3rd party 28-75's. 5x zoom range 17mm and 85 mm ends comes in very handy.