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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens
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- Image stabilised ultrasonic motor (USM) makes for silent and reliable operation
- Lets you focus right down to 45 cm / 1.5 ft
- Switch between autofocus and manual operation
- Comes with 1 year manufacturer's warranty
- Filter Size: 67 mm
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|Sold By||L&J Photo||Electron UK||Electron UK||L&J Photo|
|Item Weight||230 grams||480 grams||205 grams||160 grams|
|Item Dimensions||1 x 1 x 1 Centimetres||7.66 x 9.6 x 7.66 Centimetres||6.9 x 6.9 x 7.52 Centimetres||3.93 x 6.92 x 3.93 Centimetres|
|Max Focal Length||85 millimeters||135 millimeters||55 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Min Focal Length||17 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||49 millimeters|
|Mounting Type||Canonbayonet||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon EF / EF-S|
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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens
Now you can have real freedom of framing in a lightweight, compact and fast-focusing lens. The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is an excellent all-purpose lens for EF-S mount EOS cameras.
Zoom lenses are very convenient. The equivalent of two or more fixed focal length lenses in one unit. The maximum aperture of some zoom lenses changes as you alter the focal length, but through-the-lens (TTL) metering takes this into account to give correct exposure.
Canon is recognized around the world for its innovations and advancements in the field of optical technology. Nothing is more of a testament to this than the EOS EF lenses. Canon EF lenses incorporate the latest in optical technology including Diffractive Optics and Image Stabilization.
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The first problem was a screw that worked loose inside the lens, jamming the zoom. I found numerous reports of this problem on the web as well as stripdown-rebuild guide to fixing it. Canon aren't using thread lock (or enough thread lock) and so internal screws can occasionally work loose.
The second problem is not constrained to this lens. Internally there are flexible, flat cables connecting various bits of electronics together (some are attached to moving parts). These cables can crack over time (presumably because of all the flexing caused by zooming in and out), causing the lens to fail over all or part of its zoom range, the classic symptoms being the lens having trouble focusing, and your camera reporting "Err 01" when you try to take a picture. The only solution here is to return the lens for servicing and pay for the repair. Ker-ching.
With a list price of over £500 these faults should (a) not occur in the first place and (b) be fixed for free when they do. Nobody spends this kind of money on a camera, let alone a lens, without an expectation of quality and reliability. It feels harsh giving only two stars, but needing two repairs to a lens that is less than two years old is inexcusable in a lens of this price.
The 17-85 IS USM is effectively an EF-S version of the 28-135 IS USM, offering the same 35mm equivalent zoom range. Having decided against that lens on the EF-mount, I was a little reluctant to buy it for the EF-S as I felt it was still heavy, expensive and power-hungry. I was also unsure of the need for Image Stabilisation on a standard zoom. However, with no 28-105 USM equivalent, I opted for the 17-85 to replace the kit 18-55 (non-IS version).
At the time, I was glad that I made the purchase. The 17-85 offers a good zoom range, and the Image Stabilisation does help: I can take handheld shots at 1/10 sec without any shake - very impressive. The lens certainly is heavy, but I have not really noticed it drain power from the camera too quickly. It's advisable to have a spare battery anyway when you use Digital. I've never lost power when I needed it, and I don't recharge until the battery starts to run low.
As for technical reviews, there are lots of scientific and accurate reviews on the web, which you can easily look up. For me, this lens is very sharp, quick to focus, near-silent and pretty handy in low light conditions - although you should always remember that IS alone is not enough in very low light - even cranking the ISO way up does not get around the fact that moving subjects may still be blurred because the max aperture is pretty average through the zoom range.Read more ›
Now comes the HOWEVER. However yesterday the lens started reporting error 99. A quick internet search gave me hundreds of hits about this problem. Canon claims that there are "no common faults with this lens". Oh dear! Yes Canon, there is a common fault. Deep inside the lens is a ribbon cable that moves when the lens is zoomed. One end has a sharp bend and this is the problem area. The cable splits causing an 'open circuit' and delivers the dreaded error 99 (on my 50D). The cost of repair quoted by Canon repair centres is £115 to £150 + VAT. You can buy a replacement part on ebay but the lens needs to be almost completely disassembled. Check YouTube to see just how complex this is. If it is "not a common fault", why are there 4 YouTube videos showing the strip down of the lens to repair it?
If you own this lens and have this problem, then [for me] setting the camera to Av mode and the aperture to F4.0 enables use of the lens over the full focal length range without error messages . Not ideal but if you are taking pictures that can never be repeated (weddings, holidays etc) it will enable you to continue.
I feel so sad writing this review. I love my Canon and I feel let down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My Canon 18-55 (came with the camera) was dropped and broke so I needed a replacement. After much research decided to go with the larger range 17-85 rather than just a simple... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Alec
I bought this lens in 2009. As soon as it was out of warranty it developed a fault and I was unable to use the zoom. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Same as many customers, I was very happy with the range and weight of this lens, but after 2 repair and a stiff zoom barrel (and a not so good optical quality) I really need to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vision Rouge
Lovely lens, able to capture twice the area of my 28-135 from the same distance. Sharp images.Published 6 months ago by Paul Rush