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The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens provides an effective focal length range of approximately 27-136mm in 35mm format. This provides plenty of framing options, making it the perfect all-purpose lens that allows you to express your creativity in a vast range of shooting situations. A ring-type USM means both fast and silent AF, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode. Designed specifically for digital photography, the lens has specially shaped lens elements and coatings to suppress ghosting and flare, which can be caused by reflections off digital camera sensors.The optional EW-73B lens hood can further reduce the incidence of flare. As this lens features a Canon EF-S mount you are only able to use this lens on a Canon camera with a cropped sensor (APS-C), such as the Canon 350D, 450D, 550D, 600D, 7D. This lens is not suitable for full-frame cameras, such as the 5D Mark II/III, EOS 6D, 1D X. More
The EF-S 17-85mm IS USM features Canon's latest optical Image Stabilizer technology, providing up to 3-stop compensation for image blur caused by camera shake and slow shutter speeds. The lens has a 17 element, 12 group construction, including one double-sided aspherical element for crisp, high contrast corner-to-corner detail.
The all purpose lens with IS
The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM provides an effective focal length range of approximately 27-136mm in 35mm format. This provides plenty of framing options, making it the perfect all-rounder lens that allows you to express your creativity in a vast range of shooting situations.
Light and fast
The small size and low weight of the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM makes it ideal for fast moving photography and travel, where it is not practical to carry around a heavy bag of kit. Its ring-type USM works in harmony with EF-S mount EOS cameras to provide super-fast, precision auto focusing and predictive tracking - with full manual override available at any time.
Image Stabilizer technology compensates for a full three stops, giving the lens an effective maximum aperture of f1.4-2.0; excellent for hand-held and low light photography.
Designed for digital
Designed specifically for digital photography, the lens has specially shaped lens elements and Super Spectra coatings to suppress ghosting and flare, which can be caused by reflections off the camera sensors. An exclusive optional lens hood can further reduce the incidence of flare.
A circular aperture provides a pleasing background blur when shooting with a wide aperture; ideal for creating a sense of depth and getting your subject or model to stand out from the background.
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Great all rounder
from Tunbridge Wells
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Comments about Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM Lens:
I bought this as an upgrade from the DSLR kit standard Canon 18-55. For a relatively cheap upgrade its fantastic. Solid performance and a good all-round lens you can happily leave attached without having to carry a full bag round with you. There is quite a but of flare, so get the hood. Also, a little 'lightweight' on the construction, mainly displaying itself in horrendous lens creep - creep actually implies 'slight' but hanging from a Black Rapid strap it will go from 17 to 85 almost instantly...That said I've used it for 4 years now with no other issues and the quality of the shots is great for the money - if you bear in mind the minor irritations I've mentioned.Would I buy another? Probably not, but don't regret buying this one.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Not the best build quality
I encountered a problem which I later found was a very common one for this lens - the zoom gets stuck. This is due to a tiny screw that comes loose deep in the heart of it. There is an excellent YouTube video setting out how to take it apart (removing about 22 screws!) and fix it.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Good but not perfect
A replacement for one damaged on holiday.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great lens for the money
Lets get some perspective please!! Other reviewers I think have given this lens a hard time. I have one of these but no longer use it - I now have a full frame body and use 24-70 /2.8 as my walkabout and there's no comparison. The 24-70 is faster with far superior optics, and produces images with beautifully natural qualities but... It's 3 times the price so it bl**dy well ought to!Please Don't compare the 17-85 with lenses that are either far more expensive or far less versatile. If you want a good solid EF-S lens for general use with a versatile range then this is tough to beat for the money. I used mine for 5 years and never had an issue with itHighly recommended!
A sound all-rounder
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Have used this with a EOS 40D and a 7D. It is quiet, relatively quick and not too heavy. It is a sound all rounder in good lighting situations. In such conditions it gives consistently good results. When the light is not so good it can struggle. It is certainly better in the range 28 - 70mm, with the extremes showing some minimal distortion. The macro does work pretty well, and has proved useful, while the IS system is effective, but not brilliant, in poor lighting. For the price it is quite good value, but the lens hood is a very necessary addition.
(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
By 0ne camera no lens
This would be a good lens if it actually worked consistently. the auto focus has now packed up twice. With the cost of repair over £150 each time I am very unhappy as 2 repairs virtually equals a new lens. I now don't know if I can trust another repair or whether I should buy a non Canon lens next time. I also own a Canon 100-400 IS lens which has also broken down twice with the same problem and huge repair costs. Am I just very, very unlucky or have others experienced similar problems. Canon, when contacted previously were distinctly unhelpful - once they've got your money they don't care about you!
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Let down by build quality issues
I have had this lens for just over 5 years now and generally I have been happy with the image quality of the photographs that I have taken with it. It may not be the sharpest or fastest lens around, but it has been a handy walkabout lens and I have found it very useful for landscape and wildlife photography.My main criticism of this lens is the build quality; it does not feel particularly robust and suffers from extremely bad lens creep, which has worsened over the years to the point that if you tilt it a few degrees forward, it will fully extend to 85mm unless you are keeping a firm grip on the zoom ring. Furthermore, after just 5 years of use it has now developed an issue with the autofocus mechanism that produces an 'Err 99' message on the camera body (in this case a 450D) when auto-focusing at certain focal lengths. I find this particularly disappointing as the lens itself has been well taken care of and has not seen extensive use. There seems to be quite a few cases of this issue occurring reported online, which seems to be related to the overextension of an internal flex cable that becomes damaged over time. Canon will fix this problem, but will charge a fee for doing so. I have also raised the issue with Canon who say that this fault is not very common, even though a quick search of Internet forums suggests otherwise, and they will refuse to repair it under warranty.To summarise, I think this is a good lens, with a useful focal range that I have been pleased with over the last 5 years, only let down by disappointing build quality issues.
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
OK lens, but only just
By Blackbird Singing
This lens came as the kit-lens on my Canon EOS 50D camera. It didn't take long to work out that the quality of the camera was infinitely better than the quality of the lens and that a better lens would be required.However, firstly let me outline the good points about this lens. It covers a very useful focal-length range - 17-85mm is ideal for a cropped sensor DSLR.Auto-focus and Image-Stablization perform superbly on this lens - better than on some more expensive lenses. This lens is a good weight for its size - not too heavy. In the 30-85mm focal-length range at f/8 - f/16 the image quality this lens delivers can be very good indeed. In terms of build-quality, general usefulness and quality of results, this lens is probably a substantial step up from the 18-55mm lenses supplied with many DSLRs.On the down-side the following factors need to be considered. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6 for much of its focal-length range, this lens is not just slow, even with IS it is restrictive in use.In the 17-30mm focal-length range the image quality is less than outstanding, particularly so at the widest obtainable aperture. In terms of build-quality this lens just does not feel as solid as a lens should that costs this much money.In the end I bought another lens more worthy of my camera. Fortunately there are better alternatives in the Canon EF and EF-S lens ranges, none is perfect and all are expensive, but in the end if I was asked to recommend a general purpose zoom lens to go with a Canon cropped-sensor DSLR I'd steer away from this lens in the direction of:EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ISEF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 ISEF 17-40mm f/4 LEF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ISEF 24-105mm f/4 L ISI know these lenses all cost a lot more and that each one has its drawbacks, but in the end I would expect to get better and more pleasing results with one of these lenses.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Good, but unremarkable
from Yorkshire, England
I got this as a kit lens with my 40D. It is a perfect walkabout lens ñ not too heavy and a very useful zoom range. Itís reasonably well built with a metal mounting ring, although the plastic on the lens barrel looks a little cheap and there is now a little bit of play (my lens is over 2 years old). The USM focusing is fast, silent and accurate, and the colour, contrast and sharpness are decent at all apertures. Unfortunately the lens suffers from fairly bad chromatic aberrations and distortion, mainly at the wide end of the range. These can be fixed in post processing, but are an annoyance. The IS works well but is often needed as the lens is fairly slow (f4-5.6).To sum up, this is decent lens that ticks most boxes, yet somehow doesnít stand out for me. No lens hood is included either, although this is par for the course with a lot of Canon lenses. A Sigma 24-70 2.8 has since taken itís place on my 40D as my walkabout lens.
Excellent mid priced lens
from East Coast, Yorkshire
The first thing that attracted me to this lens was the price for immage stabilisation.After using it for the first time on various subjects I was impressed with the picture quality on my EOS 30D. It does fringe a little from 17 to around 25/26, but only noticable on a full size print and when zoomed in Photoshop. But what the heck - a good lens to take on holiday if the aircraft cabin weight is restrictive!Highly recomended.
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