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7.2 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
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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. The first time I sent it to Canon where it was inspected and sent back to me. There were been issues with the auto focus and usm. It has since developed the problem with the aperture ribbon cable. It is a known defect with this lens.
  • Cons: Heavy, Lens Creep, Manufacturer Defects, Poor in Low Light
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Value for money 6
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Features 8
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Performance 8
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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.
  • Pros: good range
  • Cons: defective design
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 6
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Performance 2
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Overall quality 2
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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
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Performance 4
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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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Value for money 2
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Features 2
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Performance 2
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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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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. Durability has been a problem as it recently it has developed a problem with the Autofocus. it "Hunts" for the focus, and very often produces a blurry out-of-focus image.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Weak Casing
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Value for money 2
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Features 2
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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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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!Go for the L lenses from Canon, you´ll be pleased to invest your money once and not again and again!
  • Cons: Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light
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2.0

Junk... poorly made and will break

Phototeacher, B&H Photo
12 May 2010
  • Excerpt: Photo Teacher, bought these upgrade lenses for students. Not beaten up in any way... of the 20 purchased...11 have had some sort of failure. Optics are fair, not very good. Versatility good. But with it being so flimsy... ugh... Ask a Camera Repair guy about this one... they know them well and fix them expensively to fail again.
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light, Weak Casing
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