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Old May 9, 2005, 11:35 PM   #1
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I am considering buying the Canon Rebel XT and was wondering how the kit with the 17-85mm EF-S IS USM is (that sure is a mouthful to say! :G). From what I have read on dpreview it is a lot sharper then the 18-55mm kit lens and also is a good IS lens as well. I thought that since it also is an 85mm it would make a good walk around lens. The one thing I was wondering though is it worth the extra $400? It is a lot cheaper to buy it in the kit then separate, but is it that good of a lens? If anyone has sample images I would love to see those or any other comments on this lens. Thanks a million!
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Old May 10, 2005, 1:08 AM   #3
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LOL :lol: guess it would help if I did a search before I posted. :? Well thanks for the links anyhow. It sounds like this is a good lens and a sure keeper. I guess I'm going for the 17-85mm IS kit! :G
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Old May 13, 2005, 1:23 PM   #5
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Cheaper in a kit? Please tell me where? Also, did you consider the same lens without stabilization? There's $400 difference in itself. Also, did you learn of any difference optically between the two lenses? Lots of questions--wish I had the answers.
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Old May 13, 2005, 1:35 PM   #6
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Cheaper in a kit? Please tell me where?
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lens only :$699 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=351548&is=USA
Canon XT with 18-55: $959 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=371191&is=REG
Canon XT with 17-85 IS: $1399 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=371876&is=REG
So your saving about $150:-)
I wish they would make a 17-85 model without IS. . .
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Why would you want it w/o IS? For the cost? The IS in the 17-85mmis the latest IS technology. It gives up to three stops improvement, and it works on a tripod. And...you can turn it off. Only thing more I would want is a panning mode, like on the 100-400 or the 500 and 600mm lenses.

You know, you're only going to get shakier over time. You might as well spend a little more now and be done with it. Built-in anti-shake like in the KM DSLR, has a fundamental weakness--you can't see the effect in the viewfinder. It also doesn't work on a tripod.
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You're absolutely right about the IS lens. I was looking for an excuse to buy it. I'm going to buy the 20D as well. No break here, kit or otherwise.

Further information, if anybody can help--I should get two filters for this lens, a UV (haze) and a circular polarizer. Is the Canon brand the best, or others? No point in buying cheap glass for a good lens. Would appreciate advice.


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