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

Review Date: May 6, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Price (Back then with the cash back), Range.
Soft, Build, Lens extens when hanging on sholder.

I bought this lens after reading many reviews, and wanted it as a replacement for the kit lens. In the beginning i found i promising lens, but is just started with a SLR, comming from a none SLR 8MP Sony camera.

I find the sharpness of a picture very important, and notice that the pictures from my 70-300 are sharper that my this lens. I specially look at faces and hair and am missing the detail in some of the pictures taken with the 17-85. If i look at other pictures i have taken, even with the 10-22, there is more detail.

I want to move to the L-series 24-105. Because it supose to be (and hopefully) sharper, good build quality and preparing me for a full frame camera in the future, when they get more affordable Smile.

On this site, ppl are definetly positive about that lens, scoring a 9 vs. 7,8 for this lens, but other reviews are as positive about the sharpness of 17-85 vs the 24-105. This makes me think that i won't gain from getting the 24-105 because i find sharpness very important.

Despite the negative things, this lens is recommended because .. hey ... it's NOT a L-series lens and the price is nice for the Range, IS and USM. Focus is fast, at least on my 400D.