Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Value for money 7
Picture quality 8
Build quality 8
28 August 2007
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. This makes it, at first sight at least, an ideal all-in-one ‘walkaround’ lens for Canon’s APS-C SLRs, which will cover the majority of photographic opportunities when traveling light.
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
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. Now you really can get closer to subjects and produce decent-looking
portraits with a nice small depth of field.