Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Value for money 4
Overall quality 4
When it works, it's great, but...
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.