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. 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
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
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.
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.
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 several times without success. Then I swapped out the battery, turned off auto focus and image stabilizer, pulled the chip and put it back in, etc.
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!