9 out of 10 points and recommendedGood "Walk-Around" lens, Very sharp, Not too bulky
To shoot an upcoming wedding, I purchased this lens, plus the new Rebel XTi, plus the 430 Speedlite Flash. So, suitable equipped, on with the wedding shoot.reviewed December 25th, 2006 (purchased for $500)
I must say that this lens performed admirably. At 17mm (~28mm film equivalent on 35mm cameras) it's wide enough to take in all the action, and at 85mm (~135mm film equivalent on 35mm cameras) it can reach out so I could isolate an individual or a small group.
The zoom action is very smooth, and the image stabilization is a great feature.
The wedding shoot went smoothly, and my clients were very pleased with the results. Several of the best prints were printed on a 13" x 19" printer, and the prints looked very good indeed.
Overall, if you have a Canon digital camera and are looking for a "Universal Lens", I'd recommend the 17-85 very highly.