Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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A very useful lens
Lavite, B&H Photo
14 March 2015
Excerpt: This is a fine lens for everyday views indoors and outdoors because it can focus within three feet and also capture panoramic and group pictures outdoors I still feel the need for a bigger lens with longer reach for birds and animals in the wild. My next buy.
Pros: Adequate Capabilities, Attractive Design, Clear Display, Compact Size, Easy To Use
Excerpt: I just bought another 17-85 for editorial use on my 40Ds, mainly because of the really good framing possibilities it offers without having to change lenses. Unlike better "red line" lenses that you have to change often times in the middle of a photo event this lens captures acceptable quality images for media if you shoot in RAW and process your images in PhotoShop. They are not made well and do not last if used frequently and they are not resillient to weather and rain.
Excerpt: This lens replaces a Tamron lens that was starting to produce blurry photos. While this lens tends to take "soft" photos, it is easy to operate and is a quiet lens. There is some chromatic aberration along the edge of the frame when taking this lens out to 85mm for landscape shots, but that is in most lenses and I just crop the edges out when editing photos.My lens is married up to a Canon 7D.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Very Affordable
Excerpt: I haven't had this lens long - If you are trying to upgrade your equipment slowly, it can be very hard to decide what to get next. I made the mistake of going from the 18-55mm that died, to the 28-135mm. As much as I like the lens, it isn't good for large groups in small spaces, like family Thanksgiving dinner. Getting the 17-85mm was a great addition. Not only can I fit everyone in, but it is terrific in low light!
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Conclusion: There seems to be a lot of quality control issues with this lens. The main problen i have with this lens is "zoom creep". Its also hard to focus manually. Other than that, the lens is good. I traded the kit lens that came with the camera for this lens, and i'm glad i did. Going by the reviews, it seems like there are a lot of lemons that get by quality control, so its a hit or miss with this lens. I would look elsewhere if i needed a reliable lens.
Excerpt: This is a great mid-price, all around lens. I use it on my Canon 60D for both stills and video and it's on my camera 75% of the time (the rest of the time I pretty much only shoot on 50mm prime). Auto focus is impressively fast, the range is spot on for a walk around lens, and it can do most of what you want it to do with some imagination. Feels better constructed, is more consistent, and higher quality than the 18-135 kit lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I just bought this lens and tried it over a 2 day period, shooting scenery and macro shots at the Botanic Garden. The greatest thing about this lens is you don't need to change lenses for different shots. I took wide angle shots, flower shots, macro shots of bees. Whatever situation you encounter you are prepared to deal with. It focuses closer than the specifications which is good for macro shots. I have a Canon 60 mm macro lens and the pictures come close to it.
Pros: Focuses very close, Very close focusing, Fast / accurate auto-focus