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Old Dec 25, 2005, 4:49 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'm looking for a good allround lens with image stabilisation. What do you think about the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM?

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Old Dec 25, 2005, 12:05 PM   #2
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My EF-S 17-85IS stays on my 20D almost all the time. It's not perfect, but does everything well. It makes a great walk-around lens, not as sharp as my EF 70-200f/4L, but a very proficient lens.

The drawbacks are that it can't be used on current full frame cameras and it's not cheap. The IS on the lens lets you hand-hold the camera down to 1/13 second in moderate lighting conditions. Canon claims it'll give you the equivalent of two or three stops. Remember, however, it won't freeze action the same way a faster lens will.
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Old Dec 25, 2005, 4:10 PM   #3
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What do you mean with "a faster lens"? Do you mean the AF speed?

And one more question about the EF-S 17-85 IS: Is it good for pictures with dim light, like a candle light dinner?
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Old Dec 25, 2005, 8:38 PM   #4
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What do you mean with "a faster lens"? Do you mean the AF speed?

He means a lens with a larger maximum aperture which lets more light into the camera and therefore allows you to use a faster shutter speed for the same lighting conditions compared to a smaller aperture lens.
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Old Dec 26, 2005, 6:41 AM   #5
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Looks like the EF-S 17-85 IS isn't sogood for dim light without using the flash. Right?

Because I want to use the cam in low light situations (candle light dinner etc.) without flash or tripot.
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Old Dec 27, 2005, 8:44 AM   #6
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You need a f1.8 lens. Check out cheap 50mm f1.8 prime. If not wide enough, then look at sigma 20mm f1.8.
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