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

EF17-85
Review Date: Jan 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent zoom range with digital camera. Great walk-around lens. Image stabilization allows for low light shooting. My pictures have been sharp and contrasty.
Cons:
Price is a bit high but better when you purchase with camera. Canon is gouging us for convenience. It's a little soft wide open, but so is the 17-40 and look what it costs.

I debated and researched a long time before choosing this lens with the 20D. Thus far, I have been happy with my purchase. It may be a bit soft wide open, but so is the 17-40, and it's even more expensive. It is a trade-off for the convenience of being able to carry one good walk-around lens vs several. It's hard to find a wide angle that isn't a bit soft or doesn't distort images. I also considered the 28-135, but I wanted the wide angle coverage. I think these two lenses are very similar in terms of quality. Alas, the 17-85mm is about the best solution for the money. It's true that Canon is gouging us a bit for convenience. I wish this lens was a little faster, but Image Stabilization helps compensate for that. I must have a good copy of this lens because my pictures have been sharp and contrasty. I will couple this lens with the 70-200L and a good, fast standard lens. Let's face it, if I were rich, I'd buy only L lenses, but even then I'd have a hard time packing them around in certain situations. I like having a walk-around lens and I think this one is pretty decent for the money.