Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Decent lens but poor mechanically
12 March 2016
Excerpt: I bought this lens about 11 years ago and have taken 4000-5000 photos with it. However within this time I had to repair the auto focus drive once and the lens has now failed again (camera shows error 99) and I am assuming it is a drive motor problem again.
Excerpt: I've owned this lens for 10 years, having purchased it shortly after buying my 20D back in 2005. The lens has always performed perfectly for me - never a hiccup of any sort. To be fair, the lens does not produce "L-series" quality, but then, it's not an "L-series" lens.
Excerpt: his lens is clearly an attempt by Canon to replicate the success of their earlier 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM, which gained a strong reputation as an excellent performer on 35mm film; and they did it.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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.