The Lazy River

The weather last weekend was incredible and I just had to try out my new Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. This is my first non L Series lens and since I wasn’t sure what to expect from the image quality I decided to buy this from Adorama’s “Refurbished by Canon” inventory. This Canon gear is discounted nicely, refurbished by Canon USA and comes with a 90 day warranty from Adorama.

The Lazy River

The Lazy River
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shots taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 17mm, f/11 at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. The HDR file was made from three RAW images tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro. All other processing was done in Lightroom 2 and in Photoshop Elements using Nik’s ColorEfx Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

 

As you can see from the image above, the image quality is quite good for a consumer grade lens and the image stabilization is superb. I was able to hand hold the three bracketed exposures that made up this HDR image by using the Canon 40D’s burst mode. This technique called High Speed HDR, really seems to work with image stabilized lenses like the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. Very cool indeed!