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CanonEF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
 
4.3

(based on 209 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (113)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (85)
  • Easily interchangeable (74)
  • Lightweight (66)
  • Consistent output (63)
  • Durable (62)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (22)
  • Heavy (17)
  • Lens creep (13)
  • Weak casing (8)
  • Blurry focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (73)
  • General purpose (38)
  • Weddings (38)
  • Wildlife photos (25)
  • Low light (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (50), Enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (15), Business (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (69), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nothing less than Amazing!

This lens which I just purchased for the 2nd time, since I wore out the 1st one I owned , is nothing less than amazing and spectacular. Presently is much cheaper than what I...Read complete review

This lens which I just purchased for the 2nd time, since I wore out the 1st one I owned , is nothing less than amazing and spectacular. Presently is much cheaper than what I paid for it a few years ago. It is very versatile, light , agile and reliable. The focus is fast and the results are pristine. I dare to say it does the job as good as an L-lens. Lets say an L-lens is a first class ticket and this lens is a coach ticket. It's not the way you fly that matters it's the fun you have when you reach your destination! This baby delivers!!!

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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

great walk around lens

By darci

from fort wayne, IN

Verified Buyer

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

very good overall performance...sharp...fast auto focus...good focal distance range.

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4.0

I liked it until

By Islandhopper3

from Key Largo, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I bought the EF-S 18-135. The slightly longer range of the 17-85 over my 18-55 didn't provide the reach advantages for which I had purchased the lens. The image quality of the lens was acceptable, but not overwhelmingly so. IS worked well, and I found no vignetting, and only a little CA. The lens is large, and weighs only a little less than the 18-135 that provides considerably more reach. The 18-135 came as a kit lens on another body, so the difference in cost wasn't an issue. However, I haven't used anything else since, and the 17-85 was returned.

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5.0

Perfect all round lens for travel and family outings.

By Grandpa R

from Sonora, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I do a lot of landscape work and the lens range is excellent. Slightly bulkier and heavier than I'd hoped for. I used a 18-55 prior(until I dropped it),however, this is much more versatile.

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5.0

I would suggest to anyone to buy this lens .

By Wanna Be Photographer

from Oregon

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This lens is my favorite lens so far and if i only have room for one lens this is the one I always reach for on our day trips or just out for a walk in the neighborborhood. Another reason is why I would tell someone to buy it is because of the cost of it I thought it was a good purchase for $299 and I love how the wide angle will extend out for landscaping photos.
    I would consider it my all around to go to lens from landscaping , portraits and animals to flowers and insects , this is the lens I would reach for first for a grab and go day outing.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Nothing less than Amazing!

    By E.Serra

    from New York City

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This lens which I just purchased for the 2nd time, since I wore out the 1st one I owned , is nothing less than amazing and spectacular. Presently is much cheaper than what I paid for it a few years ago. It is very versatile, light , agile and reliable. The focus is fast and the results are pristine. I dare to say it does the job as good as an L-lens. Lets say an L-lens is a first class ticket and this lens is a coach ticket. It's not the way you fly that matters it's the fun you have when you reach your destination! This baby delivers!!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Seems solid, works well.

      By Just another Photographer

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        I know it's not an "L", but far superior to the kit lens that came with my 20D, so I have a little more reach, a more solid build, and it's stabilized.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Lisa

        from Jacksonville, FL

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        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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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

              About Me Enthusiast

              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

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Flexible, useful, affordable lens

                          By Woody

                          from Woodbury, ct

                          About Me Power 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:

                              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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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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

                              About Me Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              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

                                  About Me Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  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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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great walk-around lens!

                                  By Spock

                                  from Coral Springs, FL

                                  About Me Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      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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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Second time I've purchased this lens!

                                        By JTiff

                                        from Davis, CA

                                        About Me Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        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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                                        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Good customer service

                                        By Mario

                                        from New Haven, CT

                                        About Me Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        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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