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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens

B&H # CA17854IS MFR # 9517A002
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Product Highlights

  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • 27-136mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4-32
  • Aspherical Lens Element
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • 67mm Filter Thread Diameter
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The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens from Canon is a lightweight, compact all-purpose "standard" zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to 27-136mm in the 35mm format. It is compatible with DSLR cameras that use the APS-C format and provides a versatile set of focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto.

This lens features Canon's optical Image Stabilization technology, providing up to a 3-stop compensation for image blur caused by camera shake at slow shutter speeds. A ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor provides fast and silent autofocus action and full-time manual focus is supported even when in the AF mode.

Designed specifically for digital photography, it has a 17 element, 12 group construction, including one double-sided aspherical element for reduced aberrations and crisp, high contrast corner-to-corner detail. Canon's specialized lens coatings suppress ghosting and flare and an optional dedicated lens hood can further reduce the incidence of flare. A rounded 6-blade aperture provides pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds when shooting with a shallow depth of field.

Uses optics made to take full advantage of the small image circle and short back focus in EF-S lenses designed for APS-C format cameras.
Image Stabilizer gives equivalent effect of a shutter speed three stops faster during hand-held shooting.
Ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides quiet, fast, precision auto focusing and predictive tracking.
Manual focus override allows precise manual focus control even when shooting in AF mode.
Aspherical lens elements minimize aberrations for high image quality at all focal lengths.
Optimized lens coating minimizing flare and ghosting prone to occur with digital cameras.
Circular aperture diaphragm produces brilliant out-of-focus characteristics
UPC: 013803043082
Performance
Focal Length 17 - 85mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 27 - 136 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 78° 30' - 18° 25'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' (35 cm)
Magnification 0.2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 17/12
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 3.6" (7.87 x 9.14 cm)
Weight 1.05 lb (475 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 4.5 x 4.3"
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • E-67 II 67mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
     
    4.2

    (based on 187 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (101)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (82)
    • Easily interchangeable (72)
    • Lightweight (64)
    • Consistent output (60)
    • Durable (60)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (22)
    • Heavy (16)
    • Lens creep (13)
    • Weak casing (8)
    • Blurry focus (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (70)
    • General purpose (37)
    • Weddings (36)
    • Portraits (24)
    • Wildlife photos (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (50), Enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (23), Casual photographer (14), Semi-professional (11)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (54), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a great lens

    I looked for a long time to find a lens that would meet our everyday needs. I actually bought the Tamron 18-200 lens and found that lens to be quite soft in comparison...Read complete review

    I looked for a long time to find a lens that would meet our everyday needs. I actually bought the Tamron 18-200 lens and found that lens to be quite soft in comparison to the 18-55 Canon kit lens. Although the range is nice and I know that you loose quality with a lens like the Tamron but I expected more from it. I decided to buy the Canon 17-85IS lens even though I read it was about $100 overpriced. After receiving this lens from the store at a good price, I wished I would have bought it earlier and not even bothered with the searching and testing of other lens's. This think really focus's quickly and has good enough range to take action pictures of my son in soccer. Every picture is clear and crisp with the IS functionality. I was told by a camera shop that IS is overrated and I am happy to say that for someone in between a beginner/professional the IS does make a huge difference. This is going to be my all around lens. When you can take a face picture of a kid from 30ft away, load the image onto a computer, digitally zoom in and see the fine hairs on their chin, I think it is a great lens. I recommend this lens!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice compact lens, could be better

    I've using this lens of about a month. This are my impressions:
    1) Build quality is very nice, with metal construcion, nice weight and tight feeling. A lot better than the...Read complete review

    I've using this lens of about a month. This are my impressions:
    1) Build quality is very nice, with metal construcion, nice weight and tight feeling. A lot better than the flimsy kit lens that came with my 30D.
    2) Optical quality is so,so, the lens las heavy fringing issues while at full aperture, you have to stop it down to at least f8 to get rid of it. It also has some heavy barrel distortion at full wide angle, which makes it a no-no for architectural work. Incoming light affects it badly, so be sure to hace the optional lens hood. Lens sharpness is OK, but not up to par with canon's L lenses.

    3) It is a nice walk around lens, I find the zoom range to be very adequate for street photo and fot portrait work. I think that the lens is OK for the price, but I'd happily forfeit the Image Stabilizer for somewhat better optics if I had the choice.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good walk around lens

    By Steve

    from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adequate Capabilities
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

        I owned this model lens for a few years and had it stolen along with the camera body. Good all purpose lens that live on my Canon SL1 body.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great quality for the price, but heavy

        By melly

        from Maryland

        Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

        I bought this lens recently to walk around with on my trip to Thailand. So far, I have been very pleased with my purchase! The lens performs quite well in well-lit conditions, though under low light environments, it suffers a bit. The lens is also a bit on the heavy side given its size, weighing about 1 pound. However, this lens is a great buy for the price and I'd recommend it to any beginner photographer.

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        4.0

        a lens for anybody

        By daversurf

        from northren Ca

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate Capabilities
        • Attractive Design
        • Clear Display
        • Compact Size
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Walk Around Lens

          Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          I have a 70D which I brought and needed a lens for it, so I went to B&H online a found this len at a great price. the lens was a great add on. I have used it acouple of times, good photos. I use it for all my pictures of my grandkids. The color is bright, in focus couldn't ask for anything more.. I am not a pro and not even close to it, I take photos because it's fun and enjoyable. I am retired so I have alot of time on my hands take pictures. I would tell my friends to buy the lens and have fun with it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Lens

          By Picturesque

          from Texas

          Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          Great lens. It's easy to use and captures the most beautiful images. I'm now using this lens as my primary lens. Great for indoor/outdoor use.

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          5.0

          EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens by Cano

          By jtd

          from pennsylvania

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

              Needed a all purpose wedding lens

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              A very useful lens

              By Lavite

              from Northern Virginia

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adequate Capabilities
              • Attractive Design
              • Clear Display
              • Compact Size
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Variety

                Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                This is a fine lens for everyday views indoors and outdoors because it can focus within three feet and also capture panoramic and group pictures outdoors I still feel the need for a bigger lens with longer reach for birds and animals in the wild. My next buy.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic Range

                By Skippy

                from Scottsdale, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                Takes quite a bit of light, but the range is great and allows a lot of shot availability from one spot.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent general purpose lens

                By second life

                from Indiana/Bonaire

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Underwater
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                  I use above and below water. It provides a good range coverage allowing pictures from macro to large. Fast accurate autofocus plus some image stabilization.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I LOVE it

                  By Mimi

                  from Johnson city Tennessee

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                  I love this leans and the price was good to !!!!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Lense!!!!!!

                  By Happy Customer

                  from San Francisco

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                  This lense allowed me to take pictures of large objects at close range without having to change the to a smaller lense in order to capture everything in he photo. It was perfect for Disneyland and Univerrsal Studios. I disnt have to carry a variety of enses since the range was 17-85mm. Love it.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Versatile focal length

                  By Keith K

                  from Tucson AZ.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Metal Mount
                  • Versatile focal length

                  Cons

                  • Distortions In Jpeg

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Everyday

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                  High distortion @ 17mm. This diminishes as you move up from 17mm. CA's more than you would like to see but these (distortions and CA's) can be eliminated if you shoot in RAW and correct with Canon's included DPP software for EOS camera's. Its included free with a EOS camera. Thumbs down to Canon for not including a lens hood for this lens. The Canon branded hood price is outrageous.
                  On the upside the range is very versatile. Being 28-135 in the 35mm format. Also has a metal mount not plastic like most of the other entry level kit lens.

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                  4.0

                  Great focal length but not well made.

                  By Dutch

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                        I just bought another 17-85 for editorial use on my 40Ds, mainly because of the really good framing possibilities it offers without having to change lenses. Unlike better "red line" lenses that you have to change often times in the middle of a photo event this lens captures acceptable quality images for media if you shoot in RAW and process your images in PhotoShop. They are not made well and do not last if used frequently and they are not resillient to weather and rain. They are also prone to lens creap, even when new.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great price Awesom lens

                        By Tiny

                        from Portland Maine

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                        2nd lens the first one I bought 10 years ago. Good size but a little heavy because it is made well very clear especially around the edges not that fast but it works great in all around picture taking I think canon has the best glass of all lenses that is why I bought another one for my other body pluss the price drop made it more attractive .

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                        5.0

                        EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens by Cano

                        By Judy

                        from Brooklyn

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          Great Lens for indoor photography

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A must have lens!

                          By Photo friend

                          from Houston,tx

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          Great lens for family reunions, team sports, large group functions and travel. This is my second lens , dropped the first one. Sent back canon to repair and will give to my son. He will begin teaching next fall and now asst coach a girls bb team.
                          Excellent wide zoom lens, you will enjoy

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                          5.0

                          Good Standard lens

                          By griswojc

                          from San Diego, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                            I just put this on my SL1 and it makes a good combo... Got it for $!

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            A good go-to lens

                            By Connie G

                            from Sierra Vista, AZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Very Affordable

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                            This lens replaces a Tamron lens that was starting to produce blurry photos. While this lens tends to take "soft" photos, it is easy to operate and is a quiet lens. There is some chromatic aberration along the edge of the frame when taking this lens out to 85mm for landscape shots, but that is in most lenses and I just crop the edges out when editing photos.My lens is married up to a Canon 7D.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good in low light

                            By MamaPhotoPro

                            from Ohio

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Groups In Small Spaces
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                            I haven't had this lens long - If you are trying to upgrade your equipment slowly, it can be very hard to decide what to get next. I made the mistake of going from the 18-55mm that died, to the 28-135mm. As much as I like the lens, it isn't good for large groups in small spaces, like family Thanksgiving dinner. Getting the 17-85mm was a great addition. Not only can I fit everyone in, but it is terrific in low light! The only thing on the con side, is that I wouldn't exactly call it "lightweight".

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Nice lens for the money.

                            By Bill

                            from Central Texas

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                              The EF-S 17-85 is a good all around lens. The only issue I have found is the keystone effect that occurs at 17mm.

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                              • No

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good general lens

                              By Michael

                              from Glarus, Switzerland

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                                I bought this lens with a 20D several years ago; it has served well as a general lens with a sharp focus.

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                                • No

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