Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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Great walking-around lens. Fits a great range with great image quality.
25 November 2012
Summary: This is an ideal gap lens for folks looking for fast glass and really good optical quality. I got this lens to replace my 18-55 and 18-200 lenses. The glas on this is better than both of those and I find this is more versatile for a walking around lens. The 85 end gets you close for portraits and is enough of a zoom to capture even some wildlife. The 17 end is perfectly wide for great scenics. Only drawback is the lens can develop some creep over time.
Summary: I am not a professional photographer, but I have been using an SLR for my work for almost 25 years. I switched from film to digital with the first Canon EOS 300D. I now have a Canon T2i, which I now use for pleasure, since the newer point-and-shoot cameras now fill my work needs. I find myself using my D-SLR mostly for travel and the occasional sporting event/ air show. I already had a Canon EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens, as well as a Canon EF 75-300 mm F/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens.
Conclusion: Lens came as bundle with 30D (just before the 40D came out. Have had some good service for several years. A month or so it started giving intermittent "ERR 99 -- turn off/reset battery" I finally isolated it to be the Lens, not the 30D body or batteries. Now I'm without a standard zoom lens. Looking for a replacement while I see about getting this repaired or trade.
Good lens, not perfect, but an excellent upgrade form most Canon kit lenses
21 April 2011
Summary: The 17-85mm is one of Canon's better general-purpose lens for crop-factor bodies, offering roughly the same field of view as a 28-135mm on a full-frame camera body. The USM focusing is fast and silent. The image stabilizer gains 1-2 stops of shutter speed below the focal reciprocal. The macro range is not a substitute for a true macro lens, but is better than nothing in a pinch.
Summary: Cannon’s EF-S 17-85mm is the main advancement from Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II kit lens. Its versatile “walkaround” lens makes it ideal when traveling light. Features included are extended focal length range, image stabilization, high quality manual focus option for fast and silent autofocus, and essentially improved build quality.
Pros: Wrap up features of Canon EF-S 17-85mm:, • Ring-type ultrasonic monitor (USM) is superior for auto-focusing (1.15ft close), • standard zoom lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture, • very handy weighing 475g (1 lb) measuring 78.5mm (3.1”) in diameter and 92mm (3.6”) long, • EF-S Lens mount appropriate for EOS (Canon) bodies particularly 20D and Rebel Series bodies, • Image Stabilization (IS) – reduces camera shake and convenient to use in low-light situations, • 1 year war...
Cons: The Cons:, • Poor optical performance at wideangle with the intrusion of /magenta chromatic deviation and marked barrel distortion, • Average close-up performance, • Slow aperture speed
Summary: Canon EF-S 17-85mm, a major improvement from Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II kit lens offers attractive features appropriate for individuals who are into photography while traveling light. Its extended focal length range, image stabilization (IS), good manual focus option for fast and silent autofocus, and essentially improved build quality makes it an ideal all-in-one “walk around” lens for Canon’s APS-C SLRs.
Pros: • Powerful ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) produces fast and silent autofocusing (1.15ft close), • Standard zoom lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture, • Very handy weighing 475g (1 lb) measuring 78.5mm (3.1”) in diameter and 92mm (3.6”) long, • EF-S Lens mount ideal for EOS (Canon) bodies specifically in 20D and Rebel Series bodies, • Image Stabilization (IS) technology – for less-blurry photos as a result of shaky hands, • 1 year warranty, • Effective image stabili...
Cons: • Intrusion of magenta chromatic deviation and marked barrel distortion brings poor performance at wide-angle, • Average close-up performance, • Slow aperture speed
Summary: I bought this lens to replace the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my Canon EOS 450D as i felt that first optic just wasn't sharp enough. Upon handling the lens for the first time it felt significantly heavier than the 18-55mm which is evidence for its superior optical quality and build. The lens barrel has a matte black finish and does not significantly deform when pressure is applied, whilst the all-metal lens mount adds to the more professional handling experience.
Pros: -Affordable, -Useful focal range, -Reasonably sharp, -Quick and quiet AF, -Internal focussing, -Well built but portable, -Effective IS
Cons: -Lots of Chromatic Aberration, -A little soft towards the edges
Conclusion: Quite a convenient and versatile lens producing sharp pictures; however, I too have had an aperture-failure in a relatively short time. I learnt this has to do with the electronic circuitry. I am prepared to try a second one but not a third.
Pros: fast and accurate, ideal range for most regular needs