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

EF17-85
Review Date: Jan 17, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Relatively sharp, IS works great.
Cons:
A bit slow

In my opinion this lens is better than it's reputation. People tend to compare with L lenses. If this was a L quality the price would be at least double. What you pay is what you get.

I sold mine for a 17-40 and a 24-70. Still I sometimes miss the IS and having the range in one lens. The 10-22 compliments this lens well as this one shows some disortion at the wide end.

My copy was sharp, sharper than both copies of 10-22 I've had but not as sharp as the L lenses. Autofocus is fast and quiet and the IS can do wonders.

I have tried the 28-135 IS and the 17-85 beats it in every way.

Have a look at competing lenses from Sigma and Tamron but I prefer to stick with Canon.

I recommend this lens to the group it's marketed for.