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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 Image Stabilized USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR's
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Canon EF-S 17-85MM f4-5.6 IS USM Lens is possibly the best single lens to own with your Canon Digital Rebel SLR Camera. Equivalent to a 28-135mm lens, this new EF-S lens brings true wide-angle to tele coverage to EOS 20D, 30D, 40D 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. And of course, it's optically optimized for digital SLRs. A ring-type USM means both fast and silent AF, as well as full-time manual focus when in the AF mode. Circular aperture design -- natural highlights, even stopped down two stops Non-rotating front element; lens length does not change during zooming EF-S lens mount -- exclusively for EOS 20D and Digital Rebel bodies Filter Size - 67mm Maximum Diameter x Length, Weight - 3.1 x 3.6, 16.8 ounces Only compatible with the 40D, 30D, 20D

  • 17-85mm standard zoom lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture for EOS digital SLR cameras
  • Image Stabilization system reduces camera shake to extend use in low-light levels
  • Aspheric element and 2 aspherical surfaces deliver excellent optical quality
  • Ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) for superior autofocusing; 1.15-feet close focusing
  • Measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.6 inches long; weighs 16.8 ounces; 1-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • The IS function allows a 2 to 3 stop
    I recently purchased this lens as a complement to the other two IS lenses I have. The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras.

    The IS function allows a 2 to 3 stop slower shutter speed. Fantastic when shooting where flash is not allowed or where you want the extra depth of field a smaller aperature will give you.

    As a bonus it has Macro capabilities.
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  • The best to own
    This has become one of my or actually my favorite lens for my Rebel Digital Camera. It is a great all around lens and the pictures it takes are so clear, without even using Photoshop, they are beautiful. Highly recommend this lens and am sure I will be having this attached to my camera at least 80% of the time. Happy to recommend it....more info
  • Soft and ugly at wide angles, otherwise ok.
    I'm overall a bit disappointed with this lens. None of the reviews I read before I bought it (Jul 2007) indicated the poor performance at wide angles. has started doing lens reviews, and zeroed right in on this weakness. Good for them. Even on a small screen size or print, you'll see softness and strong color fringing around high-contrast edges in your wide-angle shots. It doesn't matter if you use a smaller aperture. Landscape lens this is NOT. I found the artifacts so distracting to otherwise wonderful shots that I sent the lens in to Canon under warranty, thinking there was something wrong with it. They made some note of adjusting something, but the optical performance is the same. Bummer.

    On the good side, it handles pretty well, the IS seems to work for longer exposures than I would normally handhold, focus is fast and quiet as you would expect. It turns out quite decent performance as soon as you get above about 25-30mm. If I were to do it again, I would probably buy the 17-40L for a walkaround lens, and I have purchased the Canon 10-22 for landscapes. It is sharper at 10mm than this lens is at 17mm. Of course, you're blowing a lot more dough with that combination....more info
  • Average lens
    This is a dedicated APS-C lens. Effectively on a Canon with a 1.6x factor, this lens is a 27mm - 136mm full frame (read 35mm) lens. Great as a 'walk-around lens'.

    Although it suffers some very mild distortion, vignetting is almost imperceptible.

    This is nice's not a lens that will get you rave reviews from fellow online review 'clubs'. But it is a good lens. I took it to Europe for 10 days and then to Washington's San Juan Islands and it did very very well. I was proud of my picture quality. For a vacation trip this is a good choice.

    I put a quality B+W UV coated filter on it ($50). I worry about damage and not impairing the quality of the lens with a cheap filter.

    Shoot this lens wide open at f4.0 for the greatest sharpness through out its range. It will stop down to 5.6 as you pass 35mm.

    All in all a good lens with a nice focal length.

    My Camera: Canon 30D

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  • Image Stabilization is awesome!
    I just got this lens today and it is already my favorite lens to use. I was looking for a wide angle zoom to replace my 18-55mm kit lens that I feel I have outgrown.

    Take my word for it... don't let the f/4 fool you. You can still take great photos in low light with this lens. Image Stabilization works amazingly well... I thought it would only help a little bit... I was wrong.... it helps a LOT! Today was a very cloudy day here and I was in my brothers room where my cat was sleeping. The room lights were off and there wasn't much light coming into the room. I zoomed in on my cat and took a picture with IS turned off and then I took a picture again with IS turned on. I couldn't believe how sharp the image was after using IS.

    Check out a sample of this here:

    Anyways... I'm really happy I purchased this lens and I'm sure I'll take awesome photos with it.

    PROS: 17-85mm is a nice range, USM, Image Stabilized, Quiet, Fast Focus, Sharp Images, and all around great lens
    CONS: Slightly heavier than what I'm used to, slow aperture, chromatic aberration on high contrast elements and zoom ring seems a little wobbly (nothing that I'm too worried about)

    Conclusion: I'm really happy about this purchase. If you want a faster lens for better bokeh, then don't buy this lens... f/4-5.6 really limits your depth of field possibilities but, if you're only worried about taking sharp photos at night, the image stabilizing is a very very very cool thing! It's a definite big upgrade from the 18-55mm kit lens....more info
  • a convenient accessory of APS-C sized DSLRs
    It covers a very convenient zoom range, equivalent with what 28-135mm used to do for 35mm SLRs over the years.

    The IS (image stablization) provides visible improvement in many shots.

    Considering the relative price, the cost-effectiveness is top of my list too....more info
  • Recommended - with reservations
    The Canon 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS lens is a good, versatile lens. I love it for many reasons, but I want to get rid of it almost every day. It's Image Quality (IQ) is indeed a bit soft, especially at the wide end of the zoom, and especially in the corners of the frame, and I am hesitant to pay for large 20"x30" prints taken with this lens. Bokeh is nice and soft, but it is slow at f4-5.6 wide open, and I find myself using higher ISO speeds on my 20D (which isn't much of a problem, Canon's CMOS sensors are very clean at higher ISOs). I drool over Canon's 17-40mm L glass, but when comparing images side by side it's hard to justify the price increase. The only difference in IQ is the L is sharper in the corners of the frame, but not so much sharper that most people will notice. The L is better, but I don't think it is $250 better. If you're doing an art show with huge prints it may make a difference. If you're not, it probably won't.

    I bought the 17-85mm because I often have to pack light and don't have the luxury of carrying several lenses with me when I go shooting. When I do get an amazing shot at either extreme of the zoom range, I have to remind myself that those shots would not have been possible with other lenses. As it's been said before, this is a jack of all trades, master of none.

    If you can only afford one lens for your camera and need something versatile, this lens at $420 is a good choice. If you're a pro who regularly makes poster-sized prints larger than 10"x15", it might not be for you. If you pair this lens with Canon's amazing 50mm 1.8 prime lens, you will have almost every situation covered for under $500....more info
  • Great lens!
    This is a truly superb all purpose lens for my EOS 30D, especially as a replacement for the 18-55mm that I had been using. The focal length range is perfect for most shooting situations and the image stabalization feature is outstanding for low light photos! Yes, it's a bit pricey but worth every penny!...more info
    I love this lens and am very happy with the quality of pictures I can get at all focal lenghts, as well as sharp action shots on low light over cast days. The IS is well worth the money. The biggest mistake I made was purchasing my Rebel XTI with the 18-55mm lens, tho it helped me see the difference between quality and average to low quality pics. I uploaded three images to demonstrate action in low light, portrait in low light, and flowers in a lot of light. My experience is very amateurish. Hope this helps....more info
  • shipped too early
    I ordered this lens, as well as a camera body, at the same time. The lens arrived a month ago; the camera body is delayed until the end of June. How can I assess this lens without the camera body? I wanted them shipped together, not two months apart!...more info
  • Awesome Lens!
    This is one great lens. I had used the 18-55 lens before, and wanted a little extra lens. This lens provided everything I wanted. The extra length was a great enhancement, and the IS is totally incredible. This is one versatile lens, and may be the last lens you ever buy,unless you need a true telephoto!
    After buying a Canon 30D (without lens) I debated on the standard zoom lens, but am more than thrilled that I went with this one. Extra length and the IS give you the best of both worlds. Great lens!...more info
  • Good general pupose lens. But too slow for low light photography w/o flash
    I have the Rebel XT. I bought this to replace my kit lens (18-55) for everyday, general use purposes. The wide angle to mid tele zoom is perfect for those situations.
    The build quality is solid. The weight is much heavier than the 18-55 kit lens. The USM motor is very quiet and fast at focusing.
    In good light or used with a flash it produces sharp pictures. But I found that in low light conditions without a flash it was too slow. At f/4 it was just not fast enough to capture moving objects even with IS switched on and with high ISO. As a result I had to go out and buy an additional lens. (In my case, the 50mm 1.8)
    Overall, I think it is a little expensive, especially since it does not come with a lens hood. But I am happy. The picture quality between this and the kit was noticeable. The USM, with IS and full time manual focus are great features....more info
  • Very good, but not great, lens
    I have had this lens for a few months. Here is the good:

    Excellent colors! I mean wow. The colors are much better than my kit lens. The zoom range is perfect. 17-85mm is ideal for most walk around conditions. The autofocus is fast, really fast. The focus doesn't hunt either! The IS really does work!! The CA is not as bad as people say. I haven't had much CA in my pics at all. It is built solid! I feel like I have a professional grade lens on my XT now. It feels and looks awesome.

    Here is the bad:

    Its not very very sharp. It is sharper than the kit lens, so its def. a step up. But I ONLY shoot f/8 as that is the sharpest aperture to shoot at, and even at f/8 its not like tack sharp. All I am saying is that it isn't the sharpest lens. And if I would have to pay full price for the item, brand new right after it was introduced to the market, I would say it isn't worth it. But since I paid $370 brand new =P on ebay, I think, HELL YEAH its worth it. It is 10X better than the kit lens. I think you will all enjoy it. If the sharpness bothers you, just go on PS and use smart sharpen, then they look EXCELLENT. THe lens won't dissappoint....more info
  • Canon EF-S 17-85 lens
    This lens let me take three other lens from my camera bag.
    All around great lens for studio work and outdoor or weddings too....more info
  • Ah...hmmm
    I'm not sure. I probably don't have the experience to give a full review on this. I bought a Canon XTi body and this lens, based upon the reviews. I'm not UNHAPPY, I think this is better than the kit lens (but it cost a good bit more!), and I believe it's a good "walk-around" lens in that's it's flexible and light. It's also inexpensive for a good zoom lens.

    I will say that the vignetting that the reviews complained about is real -- you can see the dark aperture corners close in the viewfinder when you zoom to wide angles (17mm).

    My main focus has been indoor, low-light photos (new baby!). I eventually got the $70 F1.8 50mm Canon lens for those portrait photos, but this worked reasonably well. It does take great high-light and zoom photos!

    Let's put it this way.... I would not change things if I had to buy my first lens again, I'd still get this.

    Also, as other reviewers have noted, it is much longer than this photo implies -- I believe it's the correct lens, but the aspect ratio of the photo is screwy. It's an "impressively" long lens :)
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  • Useful range, Image Stabilization better than I expected
    I got this days before a trip to Europe. I had been using the Tamron 28-75 2.8 (a great lens too)on my XTI but thought I would need something wider in narrow streets. Before leaving, I took some side by side shots at the same length and aperture as the Tamron, and I'm hard pressed to see a difference, but I can get better DOF with the Tamron's 2.8 aperture. To save space, I left the Tamron at home and traveled with this and the 70-200 f4 L lens for distant castle shots.
    The wide range did indeed come in handy, although some distortion is unavoidable. I did not observe the vignetting effect noted by other reviewers.
    I was impressed with the IS because I took a fair number of available light interior shots with exposures as slow as 1/4 of a second that came out surprisingly well focused. This is my first IS lens. I had seen in other reviews that IS was not much help below 1/30 or so. Maybe I am really steady (NOT).
    The "macro" is not bugs-eye close, but useful for coin sized items. 4 stars rather than 5 because I think the lens is priced a little high, and the lens shade (which I don't have) is ridiculously priced for a piece of plastic....more info
  • The lens that should have been included
    This lens was originally part of the 40D kit. I don't know why, but now the cheaply made, overall useless 28-135 mm lens is the only lens you can find in the kit. You are better off buying the body only then purchasing this lens. Remember that the 40D has a crop factor of 1.6 - meaning that you have to multiply your lens by 1.6 - so a 28-135 is actually a 45-216 mm lens. Nice on the zoom part - awful on the other!

    This lens is equivalent to a 28-136 mm lens - a perfect overall size. Picture being in a 12x12 foot room. With this lens you can shoot a small group. With the other lens (46mm equiv.) you have to climb a chair and stretch - and miss most of the group anyway. Seriously. I've been there.

    This lens is well made, focuses fast, and is pretty silent. It's now my primary.
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  • Versatile lens for a great body
    Bought the lens to go with my 40D - the combination is versatile and flexible. Don't pay UK retail prices!...more info
  • Very pleased
    I really like this lens and have recommended it, along with the Canon Xti body, to several people already. I especially like the image stabilization feature. I also have, and enjoy the 70-300mm IS lens by Canon. ...more info
  • Canon EF-S 17-85mm Lens
    I bought this lens as an upgrade to the 18-55mm lens that came with my Canon EOS Rebel XTi camera. It is quite a nice improvement, noticeably wider lens and heavier, denoting higher quality materials throughout. I think it will be a real good "all around lens" with more zoom capability. I have only taken a couple hundred outdoor pictures and am pleased, I havne't gotten to test out the image stabilization in low light/indoors. Overall, I'm impressed so far and feel that I now need to upgrade my camera to the Canon 40D to get more out of the lens that I've upgraded to....more info
  • disappointing
    1. No mention anywhere that I could find that this is the imported version of the lense

    2. My order was accepted and then I was told the item was out of stock

    3. Packing at Amazon (not a sattelite seller) is atrocious - box was burst open - only one strip of tape had been used to seal the box. Inadequate and useless air bags used but failed to stop lense floating loose in the shipping box.

    Sam...more info
  • Best Non-L Canon Lens You Can Buy
    Obviously there are lots of reviews already out there on this lens. It is as simple as this... this is Canon's best non-L lens available. As far as non-L lenses this would be #1 with the 28mm - 135mm Lens being #2. So there you go!...more info
  • great lens
    I bought this lens in July 08. It stays on my 40d about 80% of the time. Only problem i have had, it seems to be a bit soft at f4 and 5.6. But it is sharp as a tack at f11. Maybe my copy is a bit off, but other than that I love it....more info
  • Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
    This lens is so much better than the kit lens that came with my Canon XTI digital camera. I wish that I had bought only the XTI body and then purchased the better lens. The photos are sharp thanks to the image stabilizer. The zoom level is good for most shots....more info
  • Sweetness!
    I have had this lens for about a year now and am very happy with it. You can certainly get a better lens, for a lot more money, but for a general walk around lens, this is it.

    I get nice sharp images with this lens and it has a great telephoto range, in a fairly compact package. It would be nicer if it were a bit faster at the far end, but again, you'd spend more money for that.

    In all I really have no complaints and am quite happy with this lens.

    I recommend that you also purchase a good UV filter for it (and all your lenses) to protect the front lens element. But get a good filter. The lens optics are good, so don't put cheap glass in front of them.

    I also recommend the Hoya Moose Circular Polarizing Filter (CPL) for shooting out doors. You need a CPL for shooting outdoors, but polarizing filters tend to cool down the colors. The Moose filter is made from 81A glass so it's like having a CPL and a warmer in one filter. The 81A glass compensates for the cooling that you get from an ordinary CPL....more info
  • Good medium grade lens
    Bought the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 lens to use as a general purpose lens on my Canon 40D. Overall I am pleased with the quality of the optics. It's not a "L" lens so don't expect it to perform like one. One complaint I have is that the zoom ring feels a little loose and wobbly. However the focus ring is tight and precise.

    I have owned a Sigma 17-70mm lens in the past which is the direct competitor of the Canon 17-85mm. The Sigma has a bigger aperture of f2.8 but a lower range than the Canon. The Canon provides fulltime manual focus and IS, which is not available on the Sigma. Personally I liked the pictures the Canon lens produced over that of the Sigma.
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  • great upgrade lense
    This is a perfect lense to get when you are ready to replace the kit 18-55. A great all around lense....more info
  • Good lens but vignetting is significant...
    Bought this lens to get a bit more zoom than the kit lens and am happy with it. However, the feedback you read about vignetting is real -- you see it through the view finder! I get vignetting almost always at the lowest focal length. As I said, I'm happy and can recommend the lens but realize you're likely to see significant vignetting (dark edges in your pictures at the low range {17mm "non-zoom "})....more info
  • Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 Image Stabilized USM SLR Lens
    This is an excellent lens with both Image stabilization and macro ability. The only thing I could hope for to improve it would be fixed aperture, but that would weight, size and cost....more info
  • great walk-around lens (maybe some chromatic aberration?)
    My first every Ebay score, the Canon EF-S 17-85mm lens (featuring image stabilization) was a much coveted item around here. It had come highly recommended and seemed to be a great complement to my beloved 50mm prime and a perfect replacement for the 18-55mm kit lens that shipped with the XTi.

    Initial, first-night impressions? Heavenly.

    Compared to the other lenses that I've put on the business end of the XTi, the 17-85mm is one heavy dude. I'd wager that it's at least as heavy as the camera and certainly feels as heavy as the 50mm and the 18-55mm put together. The lens is serious. It means business. It traveled back in time from the future to be here with us today. It's a touch of the photographic high-tech, made accessible to the amateur.

    With my right hand on the shutter and my left on the lens' barrel, it didn't feel any less heavy but "heavy", in my mind, became "solid". The auto-focus is nice and quiet and is reasonably fast to lock onto the subject. The focusing ring is also nice and big -- it cries out to be grasped and twisted. It was a joy to realize that even with the auto-focus turned on, the lens would not complain if I fine-tuned a given shot with some manual adjustments. (The AF doesn't totally commandeer the focus, that is to say.) The zoom is also smooth, the barrel moving quickly and easily without over-shooting the desired focal length.

    Image stabilization is also a big plus. I have a feeling that once I get the hang of it, it will save quite a few low-light, indoor, and hand-held shots over the lifetime of this lens. This isn't to be na?ve and believe it to be a cure-all. Certainly a few of my early test shots with the IS feature on prove that you can still wind up with a whole mess of blur. But others worked out pretty well.

    After having used it for about two weeks or so now, most of these initial impressions have stayed true. The IS feature is a good one but isn't something upon which to rely to save every shot. You still need to have good light and the right angle, etc.; but with the right ISO setting, it can save the scene. The heavy feeling of the lens is something I've gotten used to pretty quickly; after a couple of sessions, you just expect the camera to weight that much -- no worries. I've also found that the longer focal lengths are great for portraiture -- I find myself using focal lengths in the 70-85mm range pretty often now and I wonder how I ever lived without them before.

    That said, I'm beginning to wonder a little about the lens' chromatic aberration. I've had a few shots that don't seem to "resolve" the same way during post-processing (in Aperture) as similar shots under similar conditions with the same camera body and a different lens (e.g., the 50mm prime). This is not to say that I have my mind made up and am squaring the blame on the lens -- certainly not! But I am trying to parse my way through some of these, experimenting with some different conditions, etc. to see where it lands. I've just fallen into a certain rhythm with my post-processing and I would hate to have to learn a new dance just for the one, new lens.

    All things considered however, I've been very pleased with most of my results from the 17-85mm thus far. yeah, worth it.

    But with respect to "worth it": Canon lists a retail price of $600 for the EF-S 17-85mm IS lens. Most places online seem to offer it in the $475-$550 range. As far as lenses go, this is hardly a costly one. Considering that this is one of the two lenses "given away" as the kit lens for Canon's 40D body, you wonder a little bit if the mass-production maybe watered it down just a little bit...? Just the same, this is a great "walk-around" lens: it is sturdy, has some great built-in features, and has a versatile range of focal lengths. If you got this lens "free" with your camera body then you are in luck. If you're looking to pick up one separately... Well, it's a great lens to have. And I'm happy with mine. But see if you can't score one on Ebay or through your local re-seller of high-quality, previously enjoyed lenses.

    Happy shooting, y'all....more info
  • O.K. but not great
    Mega distortion @ 17mm. Cleans up fast once you move of 17mm. CA's more than you would like to see but these can be cleaned up with Canon's included software for EOS camera's. Thumbs down to Canon for not including a lens hood for this lens. They want about $35 for that molded piece of plastic.
    On the upside the range is very versatile. Being 28-135 in the 35mm format. Also has a metal mount not plastic like some of there other entry level lens.
    Note: There are two of these 17-85 lens available. The more desirable Made in Japan version and a less desirable Made in Taiwan version. Most EOS kits ship with the Taiwan version. ...more info
  • love this lens
    i bought this lens as a replacement for my rebel xt's 18-55mm yeah its expensive its a canon and IS and i got mine for $350 on ebay over a year ago have shot over 6,000 pictures and am truly happy with it as a walk around it is a bit heavy on the neck......more info