10 out of 10 points and not recommended
First of all would like to say that I had a 2 Canon cameras before purchase of EOS 350D and and you couldn't find a biggest fan of the Canon but me.reviewed June 30th, 2006 (purchased for $800)
Let's begin with good impressions about this lense:
build quality - excellent
ease of ops - excellent
sharpness - excellent
focus range - the best if you are not willing to change the lence before every shot. Have shot portrets, landscape, night, sports. It works for all.
colors - excellent
auto focus - excellent
And now disapointments:
Fortunately the only disapointment in this lense...... but unfortunately the essential why I will not recomend this lense to anyone who would not like to cut their photos in afterprocessing for about 1/3 of the picture!!!!!!!!
Just absolutely unacceptable black corners, especially when polaroid filter used.
After return I was extremely disapointed when had to just throw away about 70 pictures taken in Dominican Republic and about 50 after return from Turkey.
The only photographers I can recomend this lense is for taking shots in halfdark rooms, night shots and drunk parties, where nobody cares the quality.
Definately would not recomend to people who would like to progress in the future as this lense may kill they wishes to continue with photography and/or definately may kill the peoples love to Canon.
Some pictures which I haven't trhrowed away might be seen at:
in the "Canon EF-S 17-85 IS Vignetting"folder. To be enlarged, press on the photos.
Do not disapoint your selves and do not spoil your memories (read.photos)