Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Versatile focal length
Keith K, B&H Photo
29 December 2014
Excerpt: High distortion @ 17mm. This diminishes as you move up from 17mm. CA's more than you would like to see but these (distortions and CA's) can be eliminated if you shoot in RAW and correct with Canon's included DPP software for EOS camera's. Its included free with a EOS camera.
Conclusion: Took 11, 000 pictures with this lens, then suddenly it had a communications failure with t3i. this is a known defect with this lens -- i.e., the flexible cable inside the lens that does the electronic communication wears out and fails. The lens then stops working completely.
Excerpt: I have owned this lens for about 10 years, first on a digital Rebel and more recently on a 60D. It is a good walk-around lens, with nice image quality and consistency. Despite careful use, it has failed twice during that time.
Excerpt: I used this lens on my Canon 20D for about three years. It has a very useful zoom range and the image quality is acceptable. Also, it's a reasonably compact lens given the zoom range. However, when I upgraded to Canon's 17-55mm lens, there was no comparison: the 17-55mm is a far better lens.
Excerpt: I bought this lens for everyday use, events, landscapes, etc... On the first shots I made I noticed a large amount of color aberration I have not seen before in any of my lenses... A little slow to auto focus... and slow shutter speeds... Not impressed, now I think I should have gotten another lens
Pros: cheap, Lightweight
Cons: Color aberration, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
Conclusion: The lens suddenly locked near 17mm after shooting. When I checked the web, I found that I'm not the only person to encounter this problem. Lot of people have this issue. I wonder if the product itself has defect.
Conclusion: I've had this lens since my 20D and have used it a lot for everyday photography. I have been very happy with the lens performance and the resulting photos I have taken. However, the lens started to malfunction recently - unable to achieve auto focus.
Excerpt: I would consider myself as a semi-professional, I like to shoot senses and Portraits. I have a canon 20d that this lense is on, and it has given me good service until five and a half years ago. The lens now does not focus at all, it jumps back and forth. but it will focus on manuel mode.