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

(based on 181 reviews)

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    (99)

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    (48)

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    (12)

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    (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 (25), Semi-pro photographer (23), Casual photographer (14), Semi-professional (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (50), 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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5.0

Fantastic Range

By Skippy

from Scottsdale, AZ

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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.

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5.0

Excellent general purpose lens

By second life

from Indiana/Bonaire

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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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    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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    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

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      Cons

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          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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          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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            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

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            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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              4.0

              A good go-to lens

              By Connie G

              from Sierra Vista, AZ

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              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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              4.0

              Good in low light

              By MamaPhotoPro

              from Ohio

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              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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              4.0

              Nice lens for the money.

              By Bill

              from Central Texas

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              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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                4.0

                Good general lens

                By Michael

                from Glarus, Switzerland

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                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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                  1.0

                  Lemon

                  By Joshua Helm

                  from Lakeland, Florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Lens Creep
                    • Manufacturer Defects
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

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

                      I bought this lens along with a 30D the last week of March 2006. I had high hopes for this lens. In reality it is a failure. Canon should have recalled this lens and offered customers a new one in replacement. It failed twice. The first time I sent it to Canon where it was inspected and sent back to me. There were been issues with the auto focus and usm. It has since developed the problem with the aperture ribbon cable. It is a known defect with this lens. I get an error 99 if I try to adjust the aperture from a 5.6 or 85mm. I guess the 85mm stretches the cable out so it will fire, but in Av mode while trying to adjust the aperture it does not move at all when looking down through the front of the lens. I also had problems with my image sensor having stuck pixels. I can't believe I spent $2,000 on this product. In the future I will buy Tamron or Sigma and enjoy my six year warranty.

                      Other issues include softness and low light. It is terrible in low light and it is very soft. You would be better off with the $100 kit lens. Save your money for a nice macro or fisheye depending on your needs. Most of us need all three. In 2014 looking at a T4i with the 18 - 135mm leaves me questioning the quality; however, this lens is supposed to be quiet for video. I have used the T4i and the 18 - 135mm for some product shots. It is a decent lens for video. It does not fair as well in Macro photography, but I guess that is to be expected. I am just saying that there might be a reason to spend a little more on a Canon kit lens if video is a factor.

                      I almost forgot to mention the amount of dust inside the lens. Maybe this happened when Canon disassembled it or maybe it finds its way in through the zoom.

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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

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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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