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7.2 out of 10

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

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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

communications failure

jov, Canon
3 January 2014
  • 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. The lens was bought in 2012 and failed after 18 months (out of warranty of course). That it failed on a trip to an african country was very disconcerting.
  • Pros: good results for price
  • Cons: Poor build quality, defective after use
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Overall 6
6.0

Less than durable

drmathprog, B&H Photo
27 June 2013
  • 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. After about 5 years of use, the zoom control developed a significant "catch" as the control was rotated. This resulted in a $180 non-warranty by Canon. After another 4 years of use, the autofocus failed.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Not bad, not great

Gerry, B&H Photo
11 May 2012
  • 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. It's also larger and more expensive, but for me the trade-off is well worth making.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
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Overall 6
6.0

Good Lens...

fotoestudiodigital, B&H Photo
15 March 2012
  • 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...
  • Pros: cheap, Lightweight
  • Cons: Color aberration, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

lens suddenly stuck at 17mm

Anonymous, Canon
29 September 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 10
10
Performance 10
10
Overall quality 4
4.0

Nice lens, but problematic

Kurtis, Canon
14 March 2011
  • 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. The problem occurs in various lighting conditions and aperture settings. After searching a few forums for information, it seems that this is not an uncommon problem.
  • Pros: Super-sharp images
  • Cons: Poor build quality
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Overall 6
6.0

I would thing twice before buying

Eppie, B&H Photo
26 February 2011
  • 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. I liked the wide angle it offers, they say it could be repaired for $95.00 + Shipping and Handling then add in a few other cost factors. So who knows what the end cost would be.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent lens with some issues

ColvinAtch, Adorama
21 August 2010
  • Excerpt: An OK lens with good image quality in the middle range. The wide end barrels badly and is very soft in the corners. Build quality is excellent and IS helps considerabily, it is a good walk around lens and better than the lower end kit lenses.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Great Range, But Questionable Auto-focus

14shigi, B&H Photo
5 August 2010
  • Excerpt: I love the focal range for this camera. I had to use it at a family reunion and getting large group shots was a breeze. While the lens is slightly on the heavier size it does not bother me. While I do really like this lens, there are some things about it that bother me. One is that the zoom ring and focus ring are a bit tight and don't turn too easily and smoothly as i hoped. Hopefully that will get better with usage.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable
  • Cons: Blurry Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

I should have red more about...

Marie, B&H Photo
1 June 2010
  • Excerpt: This is an ok lens for almost everything but not good for particular application. My opinion is grab yourself a firm lens for the same price. I used this lens on a 50D body and, even if I love the freedom of using the 17mm end or the telephoto range for framing subjects, I regret the too small researches/readings I did before buying it. (I hate to sacrifice image quality for my lack of composition ideas.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, General purpose
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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