Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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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
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.
Excerpt: 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
Excerpt: 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.
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.
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...
Summary: Bought 20 examples of this lens for a course I teach in Photography. Had problems from the first 6 months onward. 20/20 lenses either repeated Error 99 issues unresolved by cleaning contacts, dropped aperture blades, or constant hunting around for a focus point even in brightly lit scenes. .