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Community Level 2davecham

davecham

Canon APS-C Upgrade 'Kit' Lens

AdvantagesCompact. Light. Good range. Decent image quality.

DisadvantagesNot highest build quality. Slow max aperture. Better option available.

"The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-f/5.6 IS USM lens is a big step up from the cheap n' nasty 18-55mm kit lens supplied with most entry-level Canon APS-C sized sensor DSLR cameras. However, it is far from perfect. Being an EF-S lens (the 'S' standing for short back focus), it cannot be used on full-frame DSLR's or 35mm SLR cameras. It is designed specifically for cameras with APS-C size sensors and has a correspondingly reduced image circle which would ..." Read review
26.12.2008

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Community Level 2frozenace

frozenace

All purpose objective for Canon DSLR

Advantagesvery fast AF mechanism, quiet operation, image stabilization

Disadvantagesfeels a bit plastic, low-light performance not so good

"When I bought my Canon EOS 20D, I was thinking about getting a cheaper Sigma or Tamron objective to go with it. But since the optical performance of those 3rd party can't keep up with the Canon ones most of the time, because of the reverse-engineered Auto-Focus interface, I went for the safer option and got myself the 17-85 IS USM instead. The objective is huge and heavy, which in conjunction with the EOS 20D really makes it a weight training exercise. ..." Read review
11.07.2007

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Community Level 1justoz

justoz

Canon EF-S f17-85mm 4-5.6 IS USM

AdvantagesExcellent image sharpness, fast to focus, image stabilizer.

DisadvantagesSlight vignetting at times.

"...the extra cost of the Canon should give me a better quality lens. It did! It is definitely heavier and more solidly constructed than the 18-55mm. It focuses accurately, is very fast, and has the advantage of an image stabilizer which allows you to hand hold the camera at slower shutter speeds (up to 3 steps). This allows you to retain sharper images in low light without them being affected by camera shake. Although the 17-85mm has a tripod sensor, ..." Read review
04.11.2007

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Community Level 1rhubarbthe...

rhubarbthecat

Canon 17-85 mm EF-S IS lens

AdvantagesImprovement on the kit lens

DisadvantagesBigger and Heavier

"...lens that comes with the Canon 350D, 30D etc is a very good lens for the price, it is a little 'plasticky', and keen photographers are likely to want to trade up to something a little better. The 17-85 IS lens is not the fastest lens in the world, but since it comes with Image Stabilisation, this is not a problem, as long as you're not hoping to stop action. The IS can feel a little spooky at first, as the image in the viewfinder lags as you move ..." Read review
12.09.2006

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Community Level 1QSO365

QSO365

First lens :)

Advantages67mm thread, Metal Mount, Strong, middle focusing ring,

Disadvantagesno lens hood included,

"...17-85mm when I got my Canon 60D last November, at the time the current selling price of the lens alone was £350, it offers the same specification as the Canon 18-55mm and that the same of any kit lens including the Nikon 18-55mm, being F3.5-5.6, up close the lens is big, heavy, has a metal mount, and you have the option of the EW-73B Lens Hood (Optional Extra), Its nice to see the dial moving when you half press and fully press the shutter down, it ..." Read review
24.04.2011

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Community Level 1rowee21

rowee21

17-85mm IS USM - Great littlel ens for the money

Advantagesgreat IS, Well built, great value for money

Disadvantagesthere are better lenses out there that cover the same range

"...budget and zoom range. The Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens will not be able to stop action unless you have plenty of light Also, blurred backgrounds are quite difficult with this lens as the apeture only opens to f/5.6 at 85mm. It takes a close up photo and plenty of distance behind the the person you are shooting to get a decent background blur. the blur you end up with if you do manage it is very adaquate thought. bokeh are nice and ..." Read review
16.12.2011

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