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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
6.9 out of 10

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

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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
8.5
Performance 8
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Picture quality 8
7.5

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

What Digital Camera
15 October 2008
  • Summary: Overall, the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens doesn’t really live up to its promises. The zoom range is excellent but in all other respects there are better alternatives in the Canon stable.
  • Pros: Solid feel and 5x zoom range
  • Cons: Barrel distortion, wide-aperture resolution
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Overall 8
7.7
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 9
8.5
Picture quality 8
7.5
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 8
7.5

Expert Review

DP Review
28 January 2008
  • Conclusion: The EF-S 17-85mm is a major step up from Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II kit lens, adding an extended focal length range, image stabilization, fast and silent autofocus with a decent manual focus option, and substantially improved build quality.
  • Pros: Decent build quality - much better than any of Canon's 18-55mm kit lenses, Very useful focal length range, almost ideal for a walkaround lens, Highly effective image stabilization, Excellent autofocus and manual override, Consistently high image quality across almost all of the range
  • Cons: Poor performance at wideangle, with marked barrel distortion, high levels of light falloff, and intense green/magenta chromatic aberration, Slow maximum aperture, Very average close-up performance
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Overall 7
7.4

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4~5.6 IS USM lens review

Camera Labs
1 December 2005
  • Summary: In practice though, the Canon EF-S 17-85mm is a slightly mixed bag. On the upside, the range is considerably more useful than the basic 3x of the 18-55mm, squeezing in fractionally more at the wide angle end, and offering far more scope at the telephoto.
  • Pros: Useful 5x optical zoom ratio, Effective Image Stabilisation, Fast USM focussing motor, Polariser-friendly internal focusing
  • Cons: Visible light fall-off at wide and tele, Relatively expensive for specification, Lens hood not included, Only compatible with EF-S bodies
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