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

EF17-85
Review Date: Aug 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Focal range, fast AF, IS does help
Cons:
Slow F-stop, sticky-zoom, hood not included, expensive

IMHO it's the best walkaround lens available at the moment. It has a descent wideangle @17mm and at least a bit of tele @85mm. The auto-focus is quite fast thanks to the USM motors. The Image Stabilisation really works and helps in a lot of situations, as long as the subjects are static.

The thing that bothers me the most about this lens is the sticky zoom, the zoom-ring is not smooth at all.