Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Value for money 2
Overall quality 2
Defective design - do not buy
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
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.
Summary: After hearing very good things about this lens I decided to go ahead with this plus the 60D for some product results/documentation purposes for work. I felt the focal range was well suited for the variety of situations we may find and I bought three of these combinations for my team. It has been pretty disappointing. First, I'll discuss the optical quality. The lens is acceptably sharp in the center across most of the aperture 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
Summary: When I moved from film to digital I left my Canon AE1 and my 3 lenses Canon 28mm F:2 (great lens), 50mm F1.8 and the 135mm F:3.5 for the Canon XSi an the 17-85mm lens. I have had the worst experience with this lens, it is not accurate, no sharpness at all, but acceptable at 85mm for portraits. THere is no comparison with the 3 lenses mentioned. One measure only lenses are so expensive that I am planning to return to film, honest.
Summary: This lens will break on you. The ribbon cable in the zoom lens will short out due to a design flaw which basically causes you to lose the 17-35 end of the zoom. It is a very common issue that will cost $150-$200 to fix which almost is enough to buy another one used. The lens itself is not terribly sharp either, buy the newer 15-85mm or buy a 3rd party lens near this range but do not buy this lens or you will find that your investment was wasted.
Summary: This lens has significant chromatic aberration especially at the wide end, which makes it fairly useless for any sort of large prints or professional portraiture. I have also found that the reds and blacks always look flat and blown out, despite what the histogram may indicate. It is also very soft even with flash. And it's big and heavy, and if you need to shoot straight down at something the lens creeps out (I had to put a bit of painter's tape on it to make it stay).
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.
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. So if you are going to shoot at the wide end a lot, this lens is not for you.