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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
6.9 out of 10

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Overall 4
4.0

Decent lens but poor mechanically

WAC, Canon
12 March 2016
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens about 11 years ago and have taken 4000-5000 photos with it. However within this time I had to repair the auto focus drive once and the lens has now failed again (camera shows error 99) and I am assuming it is a drive motor problem again.
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Overall 4
4.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

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

ski, Canon
12 May 2014
  • Excerpt: 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
Overall quality 2
2.0

I expected better

Thom218, Canon
17 August 2012
  • Excerpt: 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.
  • Cons: Poor build quality, intermittent auto focus fails
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Overall 4
4.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

Great lens... while it works

draknor, Canon
15 October 2011
  • Excerpt: 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...
  • Cons: Poor build quality
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Overall 4
4.0

Not impressed

Mark Z., Newegg
31 July 2010
  • Summary: I wanted to have just one lens useful almost everywhere. After taking a few photos I returned the lens and bought a 15-85 which imho is a way better lens. In the center they're about the same (tho I think the 15-85 is sharper) but away from the center they're not even close.
  • Pros: Slightly better than the kit lens Nice zoom range Good autofocus
  • Cons: High chromatic aberration Poor edge sharpness
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Overall 4
4.0

Not Worth the Money

dngrov257, Adorama
8 September 2009
  • Excerpt: [...]Optically it is okay, but the quality is just not there for the price. After two years of moderate use, the lens cannot settle on a focus point and I must send it back for a significant repair and it is out of warranty.I am most disappointed with it, and I am cleaning up my old manual focus...
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Quick Focus
  • Cons: Will not auto focus
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

dngrov257, Adorama
8 September 2009
  • Excerpt: [...]Optically it is okay, but the quality is just not there for the price. After two years of moderate use, the lens cannot settle on a focus point and I must send it back for a significant repair and it is out of warranty.I am most disappointed with it, and I am cleaning up my old manual focus...
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

dngrov257, Adorama
7 September 2009
  • Excerpt: [...]Optically it is okay, but the quality is just not there for the price. After two years of moderate use, the lens cannot settle on a focus point and I must send it back for a significant repair and it is out of warranty.I am most disappointed with it, and I am cleaning up my old manual focus...
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Overall 4
4.0

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 Image Stabilized USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR's

Y.Dolinsky, Rate it all!
17 February 2009
  • Summary: Do not buy this product if you are serious about the quality of your pictures. This lens has the worst aberration and vignetting at 17mm. I spent a whole day taking pictures on a coast and the results were terrifying. My images had color noise, vignetting and were unsharp.
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Overall 4
4.0

Unimpressive lens for the price.

John Corrigan, Amazon
14 October 2008
  • Summary: After weeks of debating the merits of which lens to purchase along with an EOS 20D, I settled on the 17-85mm IS in the kit. There are other lenses out there in the same price range that perform much better.
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