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

Review Date: Jan 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Convenient walk-around lens. Great zoom range for digital. IS makes this a faster lens. Sharp pics with little flare, minimal abberations.
The lens could be faster, but IS helps. The lens is fine but is somewhat overpriced. Then again, I'd spend this much or more on two lenses to match the same zoom range.

My pics have been sharp; color and contrast have been good. I've been pleased with the results from this lens, even in some difficult situations (icestorm/snow/sun). IS seems to work well in low light, although it would be nice if this lens was faster. I think that the lens is a little overpriced for this range, and it's not an "L" lens. On the other hand, it's about the best walk-around that Canon offers for digitals. The wide angle always costs more, and now it's a necessity with digital. I think this lens sometimes gets a worse review than it deserves because it's pricey. In my opinion, it's as good or better than the 28-135, which has always been held in pretty good esteem. If you have a lot of money and don't mind carrying around a bag full of lenses, go for the "L" series. If you're on a moderate budget and don't want to carry several lenses, this is a great choice.