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Old 4th of March 2006 (Sat)   #1
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Default Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

I am curious to know what kind of results it produces. I have noticed that it lacks sharpness and does not perform under low light. If you do have some good shots with it then I know it is not the lens but because of my failure to set it up correctly. Please post some sample pics that you have taken with the 17-85.
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Old 4th of March 2006 (Sat)   #2
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Default Re: Pleas post your best work with the 17-85

I think it is a fine lens. Here are three examples of photographs I have taken with the Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM:







Full-size versions of these photographs and other photographs taken with my Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM can be seen here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitud...785mmf456isusm
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Old 4th of March 2006 (Sat)   #3
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Default Re: Pleas post your best work with the 17-85

Todd, I didn't know you lingered around here. I don't know if you remember me but I was the guy who asked you to show your work on flickr with the 17-85. I like your results. I cannot seem to get the sharpness and punch to my pictures that you do. My username on flickr is dmarkj22 so if you get a chance then look up my pictures and let me know what you think. What do you have your parameters set to? I remember that you said that all you used was Elements for PP. What do you do to your pics in PP?

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Virtually every photograph I capture is done so using the RAW mode. I also set the camera to Parameter 1. However, I also use Photoshop Elements 4.0 for post-processing, as well as the Noise Ninja plug-in. By learning how to properly white balance photographs when taking them, adjust the color, saturation and contrast using levels in Photoshop Elements 4.0, and occaisionally using layers to enhance an image, I have learned how to make many of my 20D images pop. Alas, there is still much to learn.
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Johnnyblood -- you have a good eye. i always enjoy your stuph .

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Thanks, Rader, I appreciate that very much. I'm still learning about the wonderful world of light and color and I have a long way to go.
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Thanks JohnnyBlood, you convinced me to always carry the 17-85IS for my walk-arounds, even if I'm fascinated by the primes.
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Need some more examples for the lens archive. Come on folks, post those pics.
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Default Re: Pleas post your best work with the 17-85

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I am curious to know what kind of results it produces. I have noticed that it lacks sharpness and does not perform under low light. If you do have some good shots with it then I know it is not the lens but because of my failure to set it up correctly. Please post some sample pics that you have taken with the 17-85.
Here is one I took with that lens in Death Valley.





Actually...if you go here:

http://www.andrewstiff.com/gallery/deva

Most of those were with the 17-85. Most are not thoroughly post-processed (the above was..just not the highest quality JPG). Some were taken with a 50mm f/1.4 but I don't remember which exactly. Anyway there are some good pictures, some not so good, but the quality of the lens is good. I sold mine in order to go with L glass and I decided that I'm not going to get EF-S mounts in case I move to a full frame camera here...which I want to do. Although, if I did and kept my 20D as backup, the 17-85mm would make a good permanent fixture to it so I may pick one up again if that happens.
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Old 6th of March 2006 (Mon)   #10
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Default Re: Pleas post your best work with the 17-85

hello,

here are some shots done withe the 17-85, hope it helps !









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Old 6th of March 2006 (Mon)   #11
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Default Re: Pleas post your best work with the 17-85

FYI I was having trouble with some of my shots. Then tested my 17-85 as follows:

at 17mm:
focus on something very close.
focus on something ar about 3m
focus on infinity
focus on the same thing at 3m

Try at say 50mm and 85.

I found my lens would focus differently depending if it came from infinity or from close up. It would be at a visibly different distance. IE when focusing on that object 3m away, in one case it would focus at 1.5 on the ring, from the other side it would sit at 3m.

Sent it away and they listed 'clean, focus adjust' and it is working great now.

In other words, do a bit of testing to see if you can see what is going on....

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Try these with the NEW 30D.....

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ca.../gallery.shtml
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Default Re: Pleas post your best work with the 17-85

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I have noticed that it lacks sharpness and does not perform under low light. If you do have some good shots with it then I know it is not the lens but because of my failure to set it up correctly.
I find it to be quite sharp and versatile.
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Default Re: Pleas post your best work with the 17-85

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I am curious to know what kind of results it produces. I have noticed that it lacks sharpness and does not perform under low light. If you do have some good shots with it then I know it is not the lens but because of my failure to set it up correctly. Please post some sample pics that you have taken with the 17-85.
OK, Just got my first DSLR, 20D with this lens, and here is my first posting of any pic to any internet group. My local church the other morning.

Needed some work, as barrel distortion is quite a bit at 17mm, and has some aberration which I think my Fuji S9500 didn't have. A great camera the Fuji, and would recommend highly (1cm macro too!), but been asked to do a wedding and it's just not flexible and fast enough for that kind of photography.
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