8 out of 10 points and recommendedIS, USM fast focusing, 0.35m minimum focus distanceNo fixed aperture, loose barrel
Definitely better than 18-55 kit lens.reviewed June 6th, 2008 (purchased for $531)
I'm glad this lens can still focus at a close distance. At 85mm with IS, I can take satisfactory macro/close up shots.
Unlike L lenses, the build quality is not perfect. The barrel of my 17-85 extends out whenever i face the camera downwards and had a little small jerk (try walking, or going down the stairs).
Some people said this lens is heavy, but i find it acceptable.
Photo quality.. you get what you've paid for. But, there are better lens out there.
Some of my photos with this lens: