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

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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

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
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)
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
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    CanonEF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
     
    4.2

    (based on 166 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (91)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (76)
    • Easily interchangeable (65)
    • Lightweight (59)
    • Durable (57)
    • Consistent output (55)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (18)
    • Heavy (14)
    • Lens creep (12)
    • Weak casing (8)
    • Blurry focus (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (63)
    • General purpose (37)
    • Weddings (34)
    • Portraits (24)
    • Travel (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (44), Enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (14), Semi-professional (11)
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    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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    2.0

    Ok beginner lens

    By Kathmandu

    from Oakland, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Lens Creep
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Slow Focus
    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I have owned this lens now for 5 years. It is okay for general use and is way better than most kit lens for cropped sensor cameras. However, the lens creep and weight do not justify quality of photos from this lens. The lens failed while on a big trip to Turkey. Fortunately I had a prime lens to limp along. I was able to get it repaired when I arrived home from an [*] person. It now works fine. It seems that the electronic connectors wear out after a while and then suddenly it stops working. It also performs poorly in low light.

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    4.0

    All around lens

    By bilal

    from Bloomington, IN

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This is a good, light weight all around lens for your everyday needs.

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    5.0

    this lens is very all around lens

    By choctaw

    from St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    For now, this lens is exactly what the description says and I find it a good all around lens.

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    3.0

    Less than durable

    By drmathprog

    from Chesapeake, Va

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

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

    I have owned this lens for about 10 years, first on a digital Rebel and more recently on a 60D. It is a good walk-around lens, with nice image quality and consistency. Despite careful use, it has failed twice during that time. After about 5 years of use, the zoom control developed a significant "catch" as the control was rotated. This resulted in a $180 non-warranty by Canon. After another 4 years of use, the autofocus failed. This resulted in another $160 non-warranty repair by Canon. Based upon my web research, each of these failures seems to have been experienced by a number of owners.

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    5.0

    I've always liked it.

    By Tony C

    from Long Island, NY

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This is the same lens I got with my Canon 20D originally. I got one in 2005 and it's been great since. After 8 years, I had a focusing issue with it and needed another lens quickly. I usually shoot autoshows, racing events, traveling in NYC and other citys. I like the range I get with this one. With other choices I'd seen, I still wanted this lens.

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      4.0

      Good lens

      By Ron K

      from Northern NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This is a solid performing lens with a nice focal length range for general purpose use. I have used it as my walk around lens for my Canon 60d. While an L lens would be better, this lens performs quite well at a lower price point. My images are sharp and the IS works well. I only wish it was a faster lens with a lower f stop.

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          4.0

          Super Smoothe Santana

          By Mickey C

          from Gold Coast - Australia

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

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

            this lens is quiet and smoothe and in no way clunky. It is robust and easy to handle.

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            2.0

            Durability an Issue

            By Deidra, the Disappointed

            from near San Antonio, Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Durability

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I have used the 17-85 as an all purpose lens. The lens has been well cared for for several years. Sudenly the aperature is lodged in a wide open mode, and I found that it will cost $200 to get it fixed at a reputable dealer. I am disappointed, to say the least.

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            4.0

            Good general lens

            By Jordan

            from Melbourne, Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I've had this one since Jan '09 and never had any problems. I've done my share of bumping and dropping it but it's still going strong.
            I use it to take portrats or wider shots of small/medium animals, landscapes and general people photos. It's not tack sharp, but it's not an L series lens so I wouldn't expect it to be. My images come out fine. Autofocus can be a bit average at times and it might spend some time searching, particularly in low light.
            I haven't tested the sharpness at different focal lengths but I haven't noticed much difference.

            All round good lens.

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            1.0

            Poor Build Quality

            By departure

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light
            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

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

              I owned this lens for just over a year when the zoom control started jamming - it will now cost [$]to fix it. Stay away from it.

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              4.0

              EF-S 17-85mm

              By E

              from Germany

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              Much better than the kit lens I bought with my previous camera.

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              2.0

              Great Lens When it Works

              By Usually Canon Fan

              from Midland, Ontario

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Excellent stabilization b
              • Good photo quality
              • Useful focal length range

              Cons

              • Dust gets inside lens
              • Poor reliability

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I have had this lens since 2005. It is my most used lens with a useful focal length range and the stabilization is very effective. The problem is reliability which I think is related to a mechanical design flaw. Since the time of purchase I have experienced two ERR 099 errors. There are multiple possible causes of that but in my case both times it was due to a defective Power Diaphragm Assembly inside the lens. Canon quickly repaired the lens for a total cost of over $300 for both repairs. I have never had such an issue with any Canon product before be it lens or camera. The problem strikes quickly and there is no quick fix. If I had been photographing a wedding this would have been a problem; I use for backup zoom lenses from my film days but they are not as useful due to the 1.6 X factor for the C sized sensor on my camera.

              The other issue although not a big deal in the short term is that the lens is not sealed well. Dust will quickly find its way inside onto the lenses and you cannot get it out without sending the lens in for service. I have not seen that in all of my other Canon lenses; it is very strange.

              I have not experienced autofocus issues as discussed elsewhere in the comments; strictly exposure problems followed by loss of lens function altogether.

              I expect more from Canon in terms of design reliability than this. I am wondering if later models of the same lens have engineered these issue out or not; I am not sure.

              I would be afraid to pay more money for a 7D body and stick this lens on it; it seems like a quality mismatch and a problem waiting to happen.

              Like I said I am usually awed by Canon design and quality but they seem to have dropped the ball on this lens. Hopefully it is not indicitive of future design issues with other lenses.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Dennis

              from Whittier, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice zoom range 17-85mm

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                This is a great walk around lens. It's not an "L" lens, but unless you're a pro, it's really all you need for most situations.

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                1.0

                Durability is an issue

                By Old Ted

                from St. Charles, MO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I've used this lense for a few years now for landscapes, flowers, bugs, people, and events. It's fair in low light, does fireworks well (with a better quality tripod)and has been a good 'Walk About' Lense. This is not a "Fast" lense.

                Durability has been a problem as it recently it has developed a problem with the Autofocus. it "Hunts" for the focus, and very often produces a blurry out-of-focus image. The normal 'fix' for focus problems is to clean the lense and camera body electrical contacts, but that didn't help.

                I'm an intermediate hobbist. I've done events such as church parades, family reunions, twice helped pros with weddings, and exhibited locally a few times. So even though I take a few thousand images yearly, I'm not abusive to my equiptment. It's never been dropped or banged around, always kept clean, dry, and protected when not in use - still 'looks new'. So, it's disappointing that moderate use would cause it to wear out.

                I believe I bought it through B&H, but too long ago to expect them to do anything about it. The shop where I normally do business said they could send it back to Canon for a $150 fee, the repair cost would be on top of the $150, and it was probable that it could not be repaired.

                So while it has been my favorite lense for the last few years, I am now disappointed with it's durability.

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                2.0

                Quality let down

                By Nick

                from Hamilton, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Lens Creep
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                I admit, I bought this lens used but it was hardly used by the previous owner and was babied by me. But that doesn't have much to do with the rest of my review.

                I've had this lens for about a year now and for the first 4-5 months it was pretty good. Great range. Good IS. Fast autofocus. A little on the slow side but I could deal.

                Then the problems. Autofocus started sticking and not moving at all. Manual was useless too. After finding a range of issues on google not quite like mine, I took it to Canon in NJ to repair for $85. (It was a loose screw stopping the focus ring)

                Worked great!.... For another few months. Now the autofocus is failing again. This time according to google it's the terribly weak flex cable inside the aperture. It would give Error01 if I stopped down the lens at all too. Luckily it was within the repair warranty period so we'll see if they fix it.

                Not to mention I have always had problems with this lens being sharp even when stopped down to f8 or f10. Still blurred landscapes.

                Disappointing lens quality. Oh and constant lens creep.

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                5.0

                Perfect lense for every day use.

                By Hamruniz

                from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I am using this lens for everyday shooting, mostly candid shots of people and the occasional scene shot. So far it has proven to fit this bill perfectly. The pictures are crisp and bright. The quick, quiet focusing is a joy.

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                  3.0

                  Not bad, not great

                  By Gerry

                  from Tucson, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    I used this lens on my Canon 20D for about three years. It has a very useful zoom range and the image quality is acceptable. Also, it's a reasonably compact lens given the zoom range.

                    However, when I upgraded to Canon's 17-55mm lens, there was no comparison: the 17-55mm is a far better lens. It's also larger and more expensive, but for me the trade-off is well worth making. So I would recommend this to someone who is just getting started but they will probably want to upgrade in the long run.

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                    5.0

                    Great a;; purpose lens

                    By Tom S

                    from Chicago

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Street

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

                      Bought this lens from the used department and couldn't be happier with it. It is a GREAT piece of equipment at a price that could not be beat. I am completely satisfied.

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                      5.0

                      Nice - good/better then 17-40mm L lens

                      By fotomike

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Nice picture quality
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        Bought this lens with the intent to use as a general walk around lens with my 7D. While I felt that I had gotten some nice photos with it I started to question the quality of this lens after reading a couple technical reviews in comparison to the EF 17-40mm L lens. Subsequently I decided to get the L lens to do my own comparison. What I discovered is that this lens take as good or better pictures then the EF 17-40mm L lens even though the L lens is claimed to be optically and mechanically better. Picture quality is upmost important to me. This lens definitely has a much more usable zoom range and by no means is it signifcantly slower then the L lens. The auto focus is fast and accurate while the L lens would oscillate at times when the camera is set to a single center focus point. This lens also has image stabilization whereas the L len does not. As for build quality, the 17-40 definitely has better sealing from dust and the barrel does not extend during zooming otherwise this lens feels as solid and sturdy as the L lens. Of course this EF-S lens will not work with a full sensor camera while the L lens will work with either crop or full sensor cameras.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Buy

                        By Jon

                        from Hartford City, IN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          The EF-S 17-85mm lens is everything that I had hoped it would be. Great Canon equipment!

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