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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable
Cons: Auto focus failure, Barrel distortion, Faulty zoom ring, not very sharp, Poor in Low Light
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