Landscape Photography Using Canon’s EF-S 17-85mm Lens

canon_efs_17-85mmIt’s been a week of cold and wet weather here in Southeast Texas so I’ve spent a few hours in the Digital Photography Review’s forums for Canon enthusiasts. Its been interesting to read so many different viewpoints concerning the pros and cons of certain Canon lenses. The folks that frequent these forums seem very knowledgeable and are incredibly passionate about their gear selection. So much so that some folks will get downright rude to others that don’t agree with their evaluation of the lens’ sharpness or chromatic aberration for example.

One lens that seems to stir some controversy is the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM that I wrote about in my post entitled Shooting with Canon’s Best Walk Around Lens. For me (just one photographer’s opinion) this is a great little zoom lens with an excellent range (17-85mm), superb image stabilization and really good sharpness. Although I call this a “walk-around” lens, its also an excellent landscape lens as you can see in the image below. The detail this inexpensive lens provides is really outstanding and I’d put it up against my 17-40 f/4L any day of the week.

Train Rolling By

Train Rolling By
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Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 30mm, f/16 for 1/60th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS3 using Nik’s Color Efex Pro filters and finished in Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.