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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 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

When it works, it's great, but...

ski, Canon
12 May 2014
  • Conclusion: 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
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Overall 4
4.0

Ok beginner lens

Kathmandu, B&H Photo
28 December 2013
  • Excerpt: I have owned this lens now for 5 years. It is okay for general use and is way better than most kit lens for cropped sensor cameras. However, the lens creep and weight do not justify quality of photos from this lens. The lens failed while on a big trip to Turkey. Fortunately I had a prime lens to limp along. I was able to get it repaired when I arrived home from an [*] person. It now works fine.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable
  • Cons: Heavy, Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus, Weak Casing
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Overall 4
4.0

its a great lens for the price!

syeiziz, Ebay
20 June 2013
  • Summary: The EF-S 17-85mm USM is an excellent lens for regular use and good shooting for amateur photographer. Though the one i bought had the usual issue associated with aperture cable, its still a lens worth its salt.
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Overall 4
4.0

Durability an Issue

Deidra, the Disappointed, B&H Photo
21 September 2012
  • Excerpt: I have used the 17-85 as an all purpose lens. The lens has been well cared for for several years. Sudenly the aperature is lodged in a wide open mode, and I found that it will cost $200 to get it fixed at a reputable dealer. I am disappointed, to say the least.
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Durability
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Overall 4
4.0

Great Lens When it Works

Usually Canon Fan, B&H Photo
29 August 2012
  • Excerpt: I have had this lens since 2005. It is my most used lens with a useful focal length range and the stabilization is very effective. The problem is reliability which I think is related to a mechanical design flaw. Since the time of purchase I have experienced two ERR 099 errors. There are multiple possible causes of that but in my case both times it was due to a defective Power Diaphragm Assembly inside the lens.
  • Pros: Excellent stabilization b, Good photo quality, Useful focal length range
  • Cons: Dust gets inside lens, Poor reliability
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

I expected better

Thom218, Canon
17 August 2012
  • Conclusion: This should be a great lens the 17-85mm range makes it great as a primary lens and while the 4-5.6 aperture is at times a bit slow, overall I was extremely happy with it for the first year. Since then auto focus fails intermittently and it doesn't take much of an Internet search to realize that this model has that problem and Canon should be addressing it.
  • Cons: Poor build quality, intermittent auto focus fails
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Overall 4
4.0

Quality let down

Nick, B&H Photo
20 June 2012
  • Excerpt: I admit, I bought this lens used but it was hardly used by the previous owner and was babied by me. But that doesn't have much to do with the rest of my review. I've had this lens for about a year now and for the first 4-5 months it was pretty good. Great range. Good IS. Fast autofocus. A little on the slow side but I could deal. Then the problems. Autofocus started sticking and not moving at all. Manual was useless too.
  • Pros: Rugged
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

Great lens... while it works

draknor, Canon
15 October 2011
  • Conclusion: I picked up this lens used a few months ago; it was in great condition & I got hundreds of great photos out of it. It's my default lens that I leave on the camera. Until the aperture started getting stuck :-( Researched on the web & yep, this is a common issue -- a flex cable inside was poorly engineered so after a few years it breaks the wires. Manual focus still works fine, but that's not what I'm looking for in my go-to lens.
  • Cons: Poor build quality
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Overall 4
4.0

Not built to last

Keiko, B&H Photo
20 September 2011
  • Excerpt: It was a great walk-around lens for the first year or so. Decent quality shots, but not sharp. The barrel distortion was severe. The zoom ring jammed/fell loose during a few critical shoots and the lens became unreliable. Sent it in to be fixed twice under warranty. Shortly after it came back the second time, the auto focus failed. It is still usable, but I'm looking into a replacement.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable
  • Cons: Auto focus failure, Barrel distortion, Faulty zoom ring, not very sharp, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 4
4.0

Canon repair cash cow

Dirt, B&H Photo
13 June 2010
  • Excerpt: I have real doubts about the robustness of this lens. Soon after the warranty expired, it lost its abaility to focus. $240.00 later, it was good as new. Two days after the repair warranty expired, the aperture stopped responding to the camera (7d). In movie mode, with the exposure control set to manual, I tried to adjust the aperture. The camera/lens made a clicking sound as if it were searching for focus then stopped down to a pinhole.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable
  • Cons: Heavy
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