Canon EF-S 17-85 mm F/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Reviews
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Canon EF-S 17-85 mm F/4-5.6 IS USM Lens

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  • CANON EF-S 17-85mm IS USM: Digital SLRs Only!

    Jan 6, 2005 by theuerkorn is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Electronics
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: IS, non-rotating filter mount, quiet operation, fast internal focus, 'lightweight', constant length focus
    Cons: Maximum aperture only f4, somewhat expensive, no full-frame compatible, sharpness below fixed lens

    Summary: Most affordable digital SLR cameras like the D igital Rebel or E OS 20D sport a smaller image sensor (compared to 35mm film) and that translates into an 'unused' area that's covered by ... read more

  • A Good Walkaround Lens!

    Mar 7, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: optical quality, IS, wide angle
    Cons: cheap build quality, f4 aperture, slight electronic hum, lens hood

    Summary: I bought the 17-85 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens bundled with a new Canon EOS 30d from B&H roughly 3 months ago. In these first few months, I've learned a number of things about this lens. Traditionally, I come from a background of 35mm film cameras and hard-metal ... read more

  • Some love it, some hate it, I think it's a great lens.......

    Dec 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: IS, stationery front element, good range for walk around lens
    Cons: Many have bad things to say about it, slow max aperature, C sized sensors only

    Summary: I've been staring at this lens for quite some time. I've read a LOT of reviews of this lens, some love it, some hate it. I suppose it comes down to whether you can replace the range of this lens with multiple bodies and multiple lenses or whether you ... read more

  • Still deciding - Seems to be some QC problems?

    Sep 1, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice zoom range covers just about everything I want to do - IS really works.
    Cons: Quality control, weight. I'd have felt ripped-off if I'd paid $500 to $600.

    Summary: I bought an XT in a kit with the EF-S 17-85mm. If I figure the body is around $850-$900, then I paid between $300-$400 for the lens, (yes, it was a good deal.) I had high hopes that this would be an ideal compromise for me, but I'm beginning to have some ... read more

  • Amateur optics at professional prices ...

    Jul 2, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Phenomenal IS, 5x zoom range, USM.
    Cons: High price. Slow aperture bad for people/pets. Didn't use IS as often as expected.

    Summary: Update: This review was written a few years ago when the lens first came out.  In the meantime, the lens' high price has fallen by about 25%, reducing one of my main objections that I wrote about.  However, there are also more alternatives, ... read more

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  • You will want the 24-70L after you buy

    May 18, 2005 by
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    Pros: Lightweight and nice focal range
    Cons: Price, soft pictures, and dark corners

    Summary: Bought the Canon 20D and 17-85mm (kit), tried it for 3 weeks, then decided I wanted the 24-70L. Sold it for a loss because it was after 7 days that NY camera stores allow on the return policy, remember this when buying. I took pictures with a Sony ... read more

  • Excellent lens, but not in low light conditions

    Apr 22, 2005 by
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    Pros: great quality optics, image stabilizer, excellent range
    Cons: low light flaws, expensive

    Summary: I bought it in a kit with Canon EOS 20D. At first eager to test the camera I took a few shots at home, using the built in flash. Of course I was not expecting great quality of the pictures with this small flashlight. The quality of the pictures was more ... read more

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