Shooting with Canon’s Best Walk Around Lens!

Here’s another image to prove just how well the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM performs in the real world. This time with no HDR “slight of hand”, just a single hand-held exposure at 85mm, f/ll for 1/45th of a second.

In the past I would have said this exposure (85mm at 1/45th second) would have been impossible without a tripod but the image stabilization in this lens is superb! Will I throw out my main landscape lens (EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM) and tripod? No, but I may not bring them along hiking anymore and the savings in weight alone (bless my aching back) is substantial.

David Ziser was right. This really is an all around great lens!

Bridge Bound for Nowhere

Bridge Bound for Nowhere
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 85mm, f/11 for 1/45th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and in Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

And yes, that is the color of the water slowly flowing down the Colorado river in East Texas.

8 thoughts on “Shooting with Canon’s Best Walk Around Lens!

  1. Pingback: Landscape Photography Using Canon’s EF-S 17-85mm Lens « Serious Amateur Photography

  2. This picture you’ve made is amazing. Your blogging was just gotten better and better each and every day. I happen to look forward to it.
    Tom and Jared.

  3. @gaye

    Thanks for the comments and for reading my blog. The “glowing” effect was created using Nik’s Color Efex Pro inside Photoshop Elements. I also boosted the luminance and saturation of the orange to make the bridge’s rusted sections stand out. The color of the water was provided by nature. No retouching was done.

    Thanks again,


  4. oh ya, i forgot to say, thank you dropping by and leaving a comment, i appreciate the advice.
    PS: had to google you!

  5. I look at it and think it’s brilliant, then I squint a little and blur my vision then look at it again, it is magical!!!!!! love the rusty orangey colour of the bridge amongst the shades of green.

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