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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM 35mm Zoom

3.74/5 (23 Reviews)
Focal Length : 17mm - 85mm | Max. Aperture : f/4-f/5.6  | Focus : Autofocus  


  • Camera FormatDigital SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length17mm - 85mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/4-f/5.6
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance13.78 in
    Picture Angle18 - 78 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size67 mm
    Groups / Elements17 Elements in 12 Groups
    Image StabilizationWith Image Stabilization
    Diameter3.1 in
    Length3.6 in
    Weight16.8 oz
    MPN9517a002
    Product ID22645374

Product Description

Equivalent to a 28-135mm lens, this new EF-S lens brings true wide-angle to tele coverage to EOS 20D and Digital Rebel shooters. It has Canon's Image Stabilization system, allowing safe hand-holding at speeds up to three stops slower than otherwise possible. A ring-type USM means both fast and silent AF, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sandra Jolcanain a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2010

Strengths:    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 warranty

The Pros:
• Efficient image stabilization (IS)
• High quality autofocus with useful manual focus option
• Good build quality- better than any of Canon's 18-55mm kit lenses
• Excellent focal length rage


Weaknesses:    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


Bottom Line:   
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. So, if you have any thoughts of buying or upgrading your kit lens, Cannon EF-S 17-85mm is best fit for you and for your photographic activity.
Cannon EF-S 17-85mm main feature is the image stabilization that works as promised delivering a good imaging performance especially in the telephoto region.
However, the intrusion of green/magenta chromatic deviation at 17mm brings poor optical performance at the wideangle end which is highly visible mostly in any shooting situations. At this range the lens reveal a barrel distortion but it can be remedied through the use of either Photoshop Lens Correction adjustment or Canon's Digital Photo Pro (v3.4 or later).

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $529.00

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by loristm a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2010

Strengths:    • 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 stabilizer (IS) that works as promised
• Decent manual focus option beneficial for high quality autofocus
• Superior build quality- better than any of Canon's 18-55mm kit lenses
• Extremely useful focal length rage for faster and higher quality


Weaknesses:    • Intrusion of magenta chromatic deviation and marked barrel distortion brings poor performance at wide-angle
• Average close-up performance
• Slow aperture speed


Bottom Line:   
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.
Canon EF-S 17-85mm key feature is its good imaging performance across almost all range specializing in the telephoto region and image stabilization (IS), which is one of the recent developments in digital camera technology promising photos to appear less-blurry or clearer compare to its original result.
On the other hand, Cannon EF-S 17-85mm exhibits poor optical performance at wide angle end by the interference of green/magenta chromatic deviation at 17mm, which is extremely visible in almost any of shooting situations. Also, at 17mm range, the lens displays a barrel distortion which makes it far from being an ideal lens for photographic architecture. But need not to worry, with the help of Photoshop Lens Correction adjustment or Canon's Digital Photo Pro (v3.4 or later) the “uninvited substance” can be eliminated.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by PJF a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2010

Strengths:    -Affordable
-Useful focal range
-Reasonably sharp
-Quick and quiet AF
-Internal focussing
-Well built but portable
-Effective IS


Weaknesses:    -Lots of Chromatic Aberration
-A little soft towards the edges


Bottom Line:   
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. Meanwhile the focussing ring can be rotated at any time (full time manual focussing as it's known) due to the more advanced optical design than the kit lens, which is a useful feature in certain situations when the photographer wishes to tweak the focus after the AF system has done it's job. Both zoom and focus rings are of a manageable width and turn smoothly. Neither feels too tight or too loose and there is no 'creep' when the lens is stored vertically or aimed down or up. Overall the 17-85mm handles well, being comfortable to hold and having reassuring weight, whilst being highly portable. So it feels nice, but what about optical quality? Well when images are printed at A4 and larger or when they are viewed at 100% on the computer screen there is a clear advantage in sharpness over the 18-55 kit lens. When paired with a 12 megapixel camera like the 450D this glass can resolve a very decent amount of detail and contrast and colour is very good. Photos do tend to get a little soft towards the edges of the frame, especially at maximum aperture but this is to be expected. The lens' circular iris produces some very attractive Bokeh aswell which is a bonus for portrait and macro photographers. One place where it does fall down slightly is in terms of chromatic aberration. There is very obvious coloured fringing along high contrast edges which can distracting when looking at your pictures. However, if you're shooting RAW and you have Canon's Digital Photo Professional software this can be effectively removed post capture. There is some noticeable barrel distortion at the 17mm end of the focal length range but in most situations this isn't a huge issue and most certainly shouldn't be a deal breaker. Performance wise the auto focus is lightning-quick and very quiet thanks to Canon's USM and the IS system is very welcome in lower-light conditions.
Overall this is a very attractive piece of glass that is perfect for the enthusiast who is looking for quality but can't afford Canon's L-series lenses. This optic can be used in virtually every situation but is especially useful for the landscaper, portrait photographer and possibly for wedding photography. The Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens has made me very happy (especially considering i'm an 18 year-old student on a tight budget!) and i'd recommend it if, like me, you're looking to upgrade your bundled kit lens. A good all-round performer that is great for the enthusiast and even the professional.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Purchased At:   Park Cameras

Similar Products Used:   -Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS
-Canon EF 50mm f1.8


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by PapaCarlo a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2008

Strengths:    Good focus range, build quality, light, focuses fast and silently.

Weaknesses:    VERY soft !

Bottom Line:   
Got this in a kit with Canon 40D.
The lens has a very useful focus range, well built for the prices and boast very efficient image stabilization.
The image quality is simply horrible, the images looks much softer than my EF 28-135, which was developed much earlier.
I had to send the whole kit back.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 28-135


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Groupcaptainbonzo a Expert

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2007

Strengths:    Above average in all departments.

Weaknesses:    not yet found any

Bottom Line:   
This is an all round very able lens . It is a "Walk Round" lens. Therefore there are compromises in its design / construction.

When you consider it is a L O N G Zoom with near "L" quality optics you will realise that it is not as expensive as it first appears.

Nicely balanced, a little soft at f4 17mm and yes fringeing is noticable from time to time. All round though this is a fine piece of glass. If you want an f1 1mm-1000mm with NO vices then start to save your money 'cause when they invent one it WILL be expensive. For now we have this, which is probably the best compromise availabe at this time... Excellent lens.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   EBAY




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