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

Review Date: Jun 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $579.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, Image Stabilization works well, covers a wide range, great for a 'walkaround' lens, manageable size

I was undecided which zoom to buy as a general walkaround lens the 17-85 IS USM or the 28-135 IS USM seemed to be the best options as far as bang for the buck and range.

I bought both to compare. I went with the 17-85 because of the wider angle as it made more sense for my type of applications.

I'm very happy with the lens and the quality.

I also bought a 28-70 f/2.8L USM in order to compare because it was so highly rated. It is larger, heavier, and much more bulky (especially with the hood). For my purposes, the 17-85 works out perfectly. There is definitely something great about the 'L' Lenses though, I might just end up keeping it.

If you are looking for a great lens to keep on your camera the majority of time, this 17-85 is an excellent option.