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

Review Date: Feb 20, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: good range, IS is fine
over priced, inconsistently soft focus,

I couldn't overly recommend this lens. The 4-5.6 is simply too slow.

Probably the worst point is the inconsistent focus caused (I think) by the amount of play in the lens.

May be getting a couple of cheaper primes (the 35mm and 50mm 1.8) and the sigma or tamron 17-50mm.

Its not all bad - can also be decent, sharp and the range is good.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Feb 20, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: beautifully sharp, great colours, lots of fun, decent price
focus hunts at distances beyond 1m - not a problem as I generally use manual

Absolutely the most fun, rewarding lens I have used. Brilliant results - sharp, richly coloured, opens a whole new world of subjects.

I takes some practice to get used to the short depth of field.

Highly recommended!