Thinking of buying this lens

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  1. pbelarge

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    I have the lens. It is not bad, but it is not the sharpest lens out there.

    What do you like to photograph?

    If you have a little more money available, depending on your subject of interest, there may be better lenses out there.
     
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    I sold mine for $80 after getting a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non-vc. The ones with the IS are optically not bad, better than Canon's past kit lenses. All around it's a good lens for the price.

    The biggest 'con' is that it has a very small aperture (5.6 at 55mm) which makes it pretty useless in low light - although it has decent IS so that helps a bit.

    What do you have now for lenses??
     
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    I use that lens for vacations. It's light, cheap, fairly sharp, and it comes with IS. It's a good value, but you won't shoot for the cover of National Geographic with it.
     
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    If you can afford to spend more get a better lens. Tamron 28-75 would be my recommendation. If not this lens isn't bad, it just not great.

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    Also, look into fast wide or normal primes. I got my 35 1.8 for $200 brand new. They don't give you the flexibility of a zoom, but in my opinion the speed makes up for that in spades.
     
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    That review makes the 17-85 lens look great..

    The 17-55 f/2.8 is a great lens, but it's a thousand dollars.

    OP, maybe look into a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (like I mentioned before), even those are expensive at $500 - BUT I got mine for half that on craigslist.
     

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