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

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

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Overall 2
2.0

Lemon

Joshua Helm, B&H Photo
11 April 2014
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens along with a 30D the last week of March 2006. I had high hopes for this lens. In reality it is a failure. Canon should have recalled this lens and offered customers a new one in replacement. It failed twice.
  • Cons: Heavy, Lens Creep, Manufacturer Defects, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

Err01 - Defect in design - BAD NEWS

Err01, Canon
10 April 2014
  • Conclusion: Hardly used this lens but it died because of a defect with the ribbon cable in the lens. Error message - Err01
  • Pros: good range
  • Cons: defective design
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 2
2.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

Poor quality and poor performance

Miguel, Canon
24 December 2013
  • 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.
  • Cons: Slow auto-focus, Poor build quality
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 4
4.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

Defective design - do not buy

CCW, Canon
10 July 2013
  • 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
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 2
2.0
Performance 2
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Overall quality 2
2.0

Horrible lens! Don't buy!

Thomas, Canon
6 April 2013
  • 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.
  • Cons: Slow auto-focus, Semi-sharp images, Poor build quality
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Overall 2
2.0

Poor Build Quality

departure, B&H Photo
31 August 2012
  • Excerpt: I owned this lens for just over a year when the zoom control started jamming - it will now cost [$]to fix it. Stay away from it.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light, Weak Casing
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Overall 2
2.0

Durability is an issue

Old Ted, B&H Photo
29 July 2012
  • Excerpt: I've used this lense for a few years now for landscapes, flowers, bugs, people, and events. It's fair in low light, does fireworks well (with a better quality tripod)and has been a good 'Walk About' Lense. This is not a "Fast" lense.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Weak Casing
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 2
2.0
Performance 2
2.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

User Review

ilya, Canon
12 June 2012
  • Conclusion: A lot of defects, h.aberration, bad aperture, vignetting, bad colors reflecting.
  • Cons: Slow auto-focus, Semi-sharp images, Poor build quality
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Overall 2
2.0

have a backup or don't buy it

Michael Everett, Amazon
29 June 2011
  • Summary: This is a great lens, but it let me down at the worst possible moment. After 40 years of using Canons, I can never totally trust this lens, or Canon cameras. I got an error message saying the camera was not communicating with the lens and I needed to clean the contacts on the lens which I did...
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Overall 2
2.0

NOT AT ALL DURABLE - DON´T BE FOOLED!

Sérgio Schröder, B&H Photo
12 December 2010
  • Excerpt: I´m a wedding photograher in my native land, Brazil and I´ve had this lens repaired only after a few months of using it. Just like some other lenses from Canon ( 18-55; 28-105 to name a couple ),this one is another disposable one!
  • Cons: Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light
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