79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Gives Photography another Dimension,
This review is from: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens (Camera)
I bought this lens as part of the kit, with a Canon EOS 30D last May, now almost a year later I feel I know both the camera and the lens well. The focal range of this lens is perfect for so much - from photography people to nature it is the perfect walk about lens. Added to the fact that it has Image Stabilisation, it seems to give the whole process of photography another dimension. I have recently taken a load of pics at a nephew's wedding, taken both inside and out, with and without flash (Canon 430EX - which incidently is amazing too) using RAW, and must say that even I, who is so critical of his own work, think they are far better than anything I ever took on my old SLR. The quality of the lens is great and cannot really be faulted.
Yes the lens is a little on the heavy side, but quality counts especially when you only get one chance of a photo, like weddings, kids, sunsets etc. I would love to be able to afford an 'L' lens, something I will save for, but until then, this lens will continue to be my trusty walk about.
My advice is simple, if you want a quality lens for every day use, with good zoom and IS, then look no further. If you are buying a new DSLR, like the canon EOS 350D, 400D or 30D, then don't even consider anything other than this lens, so long as you can stretch to it - believe me, you will not be disappointed. I love it.