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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • 27-136mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4-32
  • Aspherical Lens Element
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • 67mm Filter Thread Diameter
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Canon 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens from Canon is a lightweight, compact all-purpose "standard" zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to 27-136mm in the 35mm format. It is compatible with DSLR cameras that use the APS-C format and provides a versatile set of focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto.

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

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

Uses optics made to take full advantage of the small image circle and short back focus in EF-S lenses designed for APS-C format cameras.
Image Stabilizer gives equivalent effect of a shutter speed three stops faster during hand-held shooting.
Ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides quiet, fast, precision auto focusing and predictive tracking.
Manual focus override allows precise manual focus control even when shooting in AF mode.
Aspherical lens elements minimize aberrations for high image quality at all focal lengths.
Optimized lens coating minimizing flare and ghosting prone to occur with digital cameras.
Circular aperture diaphragm produces brilliant out-of-focus characteristics
UPC: 013803043082
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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • E-67 II 67mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    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
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 3.6" (7.87 x 9.14 cm)
    Weight 1.05 lb (475 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 4.5 x 4.3"

    Canon 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 255.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great all-purpose lens As others have said this is a great all-purpose lens, the extra mm at the wide end over the 18-55 or 18-200 really makes a difference. The only other choice at the wide end is the 10-22mm, and that isn't as versatile. Stabilization works very well. I've had two issues requiring repair, an auto-focus failure, and an aperture iris failure. A friend who is a professional also has one, and the zoom has locked up on hers. The lens zoom barrel has little resistance, so if you're not careful to ensure the lens is zoomed in to 17mm, putting the lens cap on with the lens extended can cause the barrel to slam back into the lens body. Overall I'm very happy with the lens, however.
    Date published: 2009-09-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice lens, but problematic I've had this lens since my 20D and have used it a lot for everyday photography. I have been very happy with the lens performance and the resulting photos I have taken. However, the lens started to malfunction recently - unable to achieve auto focus. The problem occurs in various lighting conditions and aperture settings. After searching a few forums for information, it seems that this is not an uncommon problem. I've read about several users having to have Canon replace the servo motor as the fix. So, great lens, but disappointing in what we have come to expect from Canon quality.
    Date published: 2011-03-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value This lens is a great alternative to the standard 18-55mm IS. Its extended range makes this a great all-purpose lens. Superb quality for a Non-L lens. I do wish that the green/cyan chromatic aberration weren't as apparent. I used this lens in college and for some light commercial work. It has served me well for the past 3 years, and I will sad to see it go when I make the switch to the new 5D mark II and will no longer be able to use it. I purchased it with a 20D and it has been an excellent pairing.
    Date published: 2008-11-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Look for the 18-200 mm IS instead I upgraded to this lens instead of the low cost 18-55 that came in my XTi kit as my first lens. The IS system is great and I've benefit from it many times - wouldn't buy a non IS lens now... However, it produces a good image quality overall for portraits but the lack of sharpness limits its real use - be ready to increase your sharpness in Photoshop to make good prints. It hits F 4.5 @ 24 mm only & F5.0 @ 35 mm...A good flash should be your first accessory...For the price, go for the new 18-200 IS - similar quality but ideal for traveling as 85 mm comes short quickly. But if you're serious and can afford few bucks more, check the 24-105 mm F4 L IS.
    Date published: 2010-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy This is a great lens for the money. I use it mostly for wedding photography. The nice wide 17mm end works well at the bride's home and for church interiors. The 85mm end works well for portrais. Although it isn't a fast lens, the image stabilization works very well. I often hand hold at 1/15th or even 1/8th sec with sharp results. Also as far as sharp goes, it's so sharp you can see skin pores in close ups. All for a reasonable price!
    Date published: 2009-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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!!!
    Date published: 2016-05-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Less than durable 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.
    Date published: 2013-06-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from This lens has a defect I would recommend another 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.
    Date published: 2015-11-15
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