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

Review Date: May 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: I find it to be very sharp. Colors are deep, rich, saturated. A great carry-around lens.
I guess the weight.

Yeah, it's way too expensive. I find that it really makes colors and sharpness snap in ways previous Canon lenses, used in the same situation, did not. I recently used it on the island of Nevis, basically repeating a trip I took there earlier with a Canon 18-55 and a 50mm 1.8. The 17-85 mm just made almost identical photos pop out with saturated colors and sharpness. I wasn't planning this trip to be any kind of comparison; it's just that when I later checked out my photos of almost identical subjects, the 17-85 looked so much more alive. I also noted that in the narrow overlap area (70--85 mm) it greatly outclassed the 75-300 IS Canon lens. Granted, that one isn't so great anyhow, but this one is just so superior. Can't imagine what other critics have found wrong with this thing. Other than speed and weight, it's just excellent.