Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Great price Awesom lens
Tiny, B&H Photo
1 week ago
Excerpt: 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 .
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Very Affordable
Excerpt: 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!
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Conclusion: There seems to be a lot of quality control issues with this lens. The main problen i have with this lens is "zoom creep". Its also hard to focus manually. Other than that, the lens is good. I traded the kit lens that came with the camera for this lens, and i'm glad i did. Going by the reviews, it seems like there are a lot of lemons that get by quality control, so its a hit or miss with this lens. I would look elsewhere if i needed a reliable lens.
Conclusion: Excellent lens, when it works. The problem is I can't tell when it's going to work, and when it's not. It's almost moody. I stuck with Canon, and got 2 new lenses to replace it. Keeping it as a possible backup. I would not recommend it, especially at that price.
Cons: Slow auto-focus, Poor build quality, sometimes great sometimes a zero