17-40L vs 17-85 IS

Started Jan 8, 2007 | Discussions thread
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astro_boy
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17-40L vs 17-85 IS
Jan 8, 2007

I've now had the 17-85 for about a month as a general walk-around lens. I'm finding that it's just not a sharp enough lens and the contrast is a little off. I also find that I usually need to saturate the colors a little of most of my pics.

That said, would the 17-40L give me this dramatic improvement that I find lacking in the 17-85?

If so, is it worth sacrificing the loss in zoom for a walk-around lens? This lens will go on a 30D so I do get the benefit of the crop factor to get the range to 27-64mm.

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