Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Value for money 8
Overall quality 4
3 January 2014
Conclusion: Took 11, 000 pictures with this lens, then suddenly it had a communications failure with t3i. this is a known defect with this lens -- i.e., the flexible cable inside the lens that does the electronic communication wears out and fails. The lens then stops working completely. The lens was bought in 2012 and failed after 18 months (out of warranty of course). That it failed on a trip to an african country was very disconcerting.
Conclusion: The autofocus failed during a trip at the Everglades, I had to work on manual mode all the time. The repair is a very difficult task and costly. I has the lens for over two years, Canon should stop advertising this lens.
Conclusion: This lens failed when I went to the galapagos. Good thing I had a backup, since having no wide angle would have been a big problem. Came home to find out these lenses are simply bad and wear out. Unreliable autofocus past 18mm means the lens isn't worth much. Buy something else.
Cons: Poor build quality, fails due to design flaw
Summary: The EF-S 17-85mm USM is an excellent lens for regular use and good shooting for amateur photographer. Though the one i bought had the usual issue associated with aperture cable, its still a lens worth its salt.
Conclusion: I have had this lens for 5 years and before I bought it I was hesitant because of some bad reviews. My copy of the lens has been great. I have never had a problem and the pictures are razor sharp. I use it on a Canon 50D and T2i. It also focuses fast.
Conclusion: Lens stopped working during an important photo shoot. The quality is very bad for a Canon lens. Canon needs to recall these lenses and discontinue them. The 15-85mm USM IS is a better option/replacement.
Summary: As descibed, mint condition....fast auto focus.....image stablization great in low light. I hesitated in buying due to some negative reviews I had seen, but this lens is terrific. Sharp images through entire focal range. Quality build much better than kit lens. Some distortion at 17mm, but because I am mainly a landscape/nature photographer no problem. I have owned Canon cameras and lenses since the 70's, I have not purchased a Canon product that has disappointed.
Great walking-around lens. Fits a great range with great image quality.
25 November 2012
Summary: This is an ideal gap lens for folks looking for fast glass and really good optical quality. I got this lens to replace my 18-55 and 18-200 lenses. The glas on this is better than both of those and I find this is more versatile for a walking around lens. The 85 end gets you close for portraits and is enough of a zoom to capture even some wildlife. The 17 end is perfectly wide for great scenics. Only drawback is the lens can develop some creep over time.
Conclusion: I bought this lens in 2005 when I bought my 20D. I use it as my everyday walk around lens and it has traveled with me around the world. Never a problem. Never a hiccup. The only reason I would change this lens is if they made the same lens in an "L" series. If I can tear myself away from it I am going to send it in to be cleaned so I can use it with my new 7D.