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

(based on 203 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

83%

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 (17)
  • Lens creep (13)
  • Weak casing (8)
  • Blurry focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (70)
  • General purpose (38)
  • Weddings (37)
  • Portraits (24)
  • Wildlife photos (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (50), Enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (23), Casual photographer (14), Semi-professional (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (15), Business (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67), Yes (4)

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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5.0

Love it

By Lisa

from Jacksonville, FL

About Me Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Easy to use, and a little more zoom than a standard lense that usually comes with the camera. I have no regrets about getting this lense, very happy.

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

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      5.0

      Lens Review

      By Michele the Photographer

      from New Mexico

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adequate Capabilities
      • Clear Display
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography

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

        Love the versatility and the clarity of the lens. Great lens for working family shoots, allows wide angle to close ups. Very happy to add it to my glass collection.

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

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        5.0

        Good zoom range.

        By leo k

        from Vancouver WA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Size
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Great lens for this price range (maybe the best that I could find).

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

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By Scott

            from San Diego, CA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Flexibility
            • Price

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Was looking for an upgrade from the kit lens that wouldn't break the bank. This one is perfect. Really sharp and a great range of focal lengths for walking around.

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

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                4.0

                Nice

                By Dj

                from PA

                About Me Casual User

                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:

                    Good lense for camera.

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

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                    4.0

                    Flexible, useful, affordable lens

                    By Woody

                    from Woodbury, ct

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                    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:

                        All around practical lens, not for studio professionals, but good enough for nature, family, travel photography

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

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                        5.0

                        Great step up lens

                        By Beth

                        from Iowa

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

                        after spending years in school, I'm a professional photographer, and slowly upgrading my equipment. I was getting annoyed with the kit lenses, and my fixed lenses. I love the versatility of this lens during a shoot. There is rarely time to switch lenses out, so my fixed lenses were becoming troublesome. Much better shots then the kit lenses. I was able to get some photos of my baby smiling while indoors, without flash, which was impossible with the kit lens. Also, my photos are sharper and clearer. Others have complained about softness at the 17mm range, I haven't seen this yet, the autofocus is pretty quick, which is great while shooting small children. I don't find it louder then any other auto lens. I'm very happy with this purchase.

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                        5.0

                        Nice upgrade from kit lense

                        By Wendyb30

                        from Ft. Leavenworth, KS

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

                        Mother of 4, love photography, just not a lot of time and money available to invest. A photographer I'm friends with suggested stepping up to ultrasonic but not L series for my everyday purposes. He loaned me a similar lense, but I bought this one and love it! I can keep up with my kids, get the shots I want, with great quality! Best part- got it NEW for the same price of a refurbished one. Thanks B & H!

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                        2.0

                        This lens has a defect I would recommend another lens

                        By Air

                        from Utah

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Construction

                          Best Uses

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

                            I bought this lens used with an almost like new rating. I shot with it for school this semester. And now I have an error 1code. Cleaned the contacts reset the camera, re did the firm ware. Then tested the same lens a friend had worked great, tried it on mine. Then put my lens on his manual and AV setting didn't work. Tried it on mine. Same problem.

                            Then I did research and found out it's a flexicable and they replace something else as well costing more than the lens is selling for now new.

                            They say it's a design flaw and even if it's fixed it could do it again, just bought it from b and h this summer. Bummed for sure. Wanted it to be a good work horse lens.

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

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                            4.0

                            Hard to beat for the price

                            By Claimjumper

                            from Palm Bay, Florida

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                            Pros

                            • Attractive Focal Length
                            • Inexpensive
                            • Ring Usm
                            • Sharp Enough

                            Cons

                            • Distortion At 17mm
                            • Some Ca

                            Best Uses

                            • Walk Around Lens

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

                            This makes a great walk around lens. Together with my EF 70-300, I've got the focal lengths I need most covered in just two lenses. Nice size and weight on both my 40d and 60d bodies. Some talk in the reviews about build quality, but at the current price point, I'll take my chances that mine is a good one.

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

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                            5.0

                            Great walk-around lens!

                            By Spock

                            from Coral Springs, FL

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Size
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                I use this lens most of the time. It is lightweight and versatile, and the image quality is very good. Since my camera body sensor has a 1.6X crop factor, have a lens that is 17mm gets me a little bit close to wide angle. The 85mm is long enough for most things that I typically photo, other than landscapes.

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

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                                2.0

                                Image stabilizer makes high pitched noise

                                By Nick

                                from Los Angeles

                                About Me Casual User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Low cost

                                Cons

                                • Noisy Image Stabilizer
                                • Slow Aperture

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I don't know if the lens I received was defective or if this is normal, but the image stabilizer made a really annoying constant high pitch noise during use.

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

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                                  4.0

                                  Second time I've purchased this lens!

                                  By JTiff

                                  from Davis, CA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Focus
                                  • Great Landscape Shots
                                  • Wide Angle

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy
                                  • Not Sturdy Build

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscapes
                                  • Wedding

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

                                  I really enjoy this lens and life was hard when my first one broke, so I bought another one. I missed that wide angle which works so well in tight spots and for landscapes.
                                  I've used this lens in landscapes, nature shots, and weddings primarily. Occasionally my shots aren't super crisp. I had one good drop with my first lens which I imagine contributed to its eventual demise. (I would get a "connection to camera" error message every several shots. Then zooming eventually stopped working).
                                  Other than that, I've taken many awesome shots and have often been asked "what lens did you use?"

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

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                                  4.0

                                  Good customer service

                                  By Mario

                                  from New Haven, CT

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

                                  Purchased a lens and mistakenly thought the AF wasn't working. Contacted customer service by email and received prompt response offering several options to correct the problem. While I soon realized everything was OK, I was also happy to received some relief by B&H when I was anguished about a possible bad purchased.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Great lens

                                  By August

                                  from Eugene, OR

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                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Size
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Event Photography
                                    • Photojournalism
                                    • Street Photography

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

                                    Very nice lens full all kinds of uses. I work at a college newspaper and use this lens a lot. It's able to get all the shots I need. I've even used it at some bike race events and managed to get some very good pictures.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Lens - could use better contruction

                                    By Matt

                                    from West Lafayette, IN

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Adequate Capabilities
                                    • Clear Display
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy Construction

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General purpose

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

                                    This is an overall great lens. I love it so much I am on my third one. This leads to the largest downside. It is not the most well constructed lens. My first lens seized up and could no longer zoom. I thought it was a fluke so bought another. Recently on my second lens the auto focus stopped working. When looking around I couldn't find a lens with the same range. I love zooming out to 17mm but need to be able to zoom. Despite it's lack of solid construction I still love it and continue to buy.

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

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                                    4.0

                                    Good walk around lens

                                    By Steve

                                    from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

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                                    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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                                          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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