My 2nd KIT lens - decent step up from 18-55

Started Jun 4, 2013 | User reviews thread
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Sad Joe New Member • Posts: 12
My 2nd KIT lens - decent step up from 18-55

Came as my kit lens with a Canon 40D back in 2009. A vast improvement on the kit 18-55 that came with my 20D a year or so earlier. Much faster ultrasonic auto focus with more sure focus lock,  greater zoom range  (27-135 in FF terms) meant that until I updated to a 15-85 this lens remained on my 40D 90 % of the time. Overall I say it was a good but not great lens, wide open and 17mm it lacks sharpness  but this improves as you zoom up. Good close focus (marked as Macro but no way is it 1:1) - so overall good not great, a useful range. I still have it and intend to use it on a future APS-C camera when shooting videos.

 Sad Joe's gear list:Sad Joe's gear list
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Zoom lens • Canon EF-S • 9517A002
Announced: Aug 19, 2004
Sad Joe's score
3.5
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3.6
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Canon EOS 20D Canon EOS 40D
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