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Canon EFs 17-85mm IS (APS-C coverage only, 67mm filters, 16.5 oz./469 g, 1.1"/0.35 m close focus, about $299). Enlarge. I got mine at Adorama; I"d also get it at Amazon or at B&H.

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SALE: Canon 17-85mm IS: $299.

INTRODUCTION back lớn top.

Skip lớn Specs Performance Recommendations


I use Adorama, Amazon, eBay, Ritz, B&H, Calumet, J&R và ScanCafe. I can"t vouch for ads below.

This is Canon"s best basic midrange digital zoom.

It"s got great IS for sharp shots without a tripod.

It"s super sharp, has great Image Stabilization, focuses almost instantly and is easy lớn use and carry. It"s a great lens!

As an EF-S series lens it only works on the recent small sensor (1.6x or APS-C) cameras, like the Rebels (Rebel, XT and XTi <300D, 350D và 400D>), 20D and 30D. It won"t even fit on the older D30, D60 & 10D.

SPECIFICATIONS back lớn intro và index.


Canon calls this the Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

EF: Electronic Focus. All modern Canon lenses vì chưng this.

-S: Only works on newer, small (1.6x factor) DSLRs, which are the 40D, 30D, 20D, 20Da (astronomical), Digital Rebel XTi, Digital Rebel XT & the original Canon Digital Rebel.

IS: Image Stabilization. See Why IS Matters.

USM: Ultra-Sonic Motor: It focuses silently.

Focal Length

17-85mm. It gives a field-of-view similar lớn the view a 28 - 135mm lens gives on a 35mm camera.


17 elements in 12 groups.


Six blades, reasonably rounded for the first two widest stops. Stops down khổng lồ f/22 - 32.

Close Focus

1.1" (0.35m).

Filter Size

67mm, plastic thread.


EW-73B, not included (not needed, either).


LP1116, not included.


16.545 oz (469.0 g), as measured by me, without filters or caps.


3.078 diameter x 3.606" extension from mount (78.11 x 91.68mm) at 17mm.

4.656" (118.33mm) extension from mount at 85mm, all as measured by me.

Made of

Plastic exterior và switches.

Metal mount. Internals unknown, looks mostly plastic.

Made in



September 2004.


June 2015: $299 on sale.

2006 ~ 2011: $500 - 600.

PERFORMANCE back to lớn intro & index.

Overall Apertures Distortion Focus IS LCA Sharpness Sound Zoom

OVERALL back to intro và index.

It"s precisely made of good, solid plastic. It"s made lớn tight tolerances and there is very little mechanical play.

It"s a handy lens for walking around.

It has instantaneous focus, great image stabilization, & gives sharp images.

It feels like the precise, unique product it is.

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Except for the wide angles being crammed together on the zoom ring, making them hard khổng lồ select, this is pretty much a perfect lens.

This 17-85mm never gets in your way. It focuses fast và close at every focal length, is easy to zoom, has great IS, và just works as it ought to. Bravo!

MAXIMUM APERTURE back lớn intro và index.

17mm: f/4

24mm: f/4

35mm: f/5

50mm: f/5.6

85mm: f/5.6

DISTORTION back to intro và index.

It has a lot of barrel distortion (bulging out) at the wide end, which goes away in the mid & tele range.

Here are the values I use with Photoshop CS2"s lens distortion filter lớn correct the distortion, shot on a 1.6x sensor camera (30D, 20D, 10D, D60, D30).

These figures are for you to enjoy in your photography. This is all © và registered, so you"ll need permission to lớn use these figures for anything else. Thanks! Ken.

17 mm: Strong barrel distortion. Corrects best with +4.5, but remains wavy.

24 mm: Pincushion distortion. Corrects best with -2.0, but remains a little bit wavy.

35 mm: Pincushion distortion. Corrects well with -3.0.

50 mm: Pincushion distortion. Corrects with -2.2.

70 mm: Pincushion distortion. Corrects with -2.0.

85 mm: Pincushion distortion. Corrects with -1.5.

FOCUS back to lớn intro and index.

AF is silent and almost instantaneous. This is spectacular: it"s faster than my own eyes!

It has instant manual focus override: just grab the focus ring. Manual focus works great at every focal length. It"s very well cammed.

Autofocus speed

Almost instantaneous on a 30D and 20D! It snaps into focus faster than I can measure. It focuses faster than my own eyes.

Autofocus Accuracy

On a 30D, the focus was always dead-on, wide-open at every focal length.


Manual Focus

Easy: just move the ring with the tip of one finger. You don"t need to bother with any switches. Want AF again? Just tap the shutter halfway again.

Focus moves in the opposite direction from Nikon. Don"t try to bởi vì this if you use both systems.



17-85mm IS at closest focus at 85mm, full image.


100% crop from above, no extra sharpening. Looks great!

It looks great at close distances. The close focus distance doesn"t vary with focal length.

The less expensive 18-55mm EF-S II gets closer.

IS, IMAGE STABILIZATION back to lớn intro & index.

Read Why IS is Important lớn understand what these ratings mean.

I fired 65 shots, casually (not match-grade) hand held, at each focal length, or about 3 - 5 rounds at each shutter speed and focal length. I used a 30D & looked at the results at 100%, which is a very high magnification.

Holding more carefully I could have gotten better results.

Viewed at lower resolution, like what you"d see in a 4x6" print, you"d get much, much better results.

As you read at Why IS is Important, some of my shots at một nửa second were perfectly sharp, too. These are averages.

TIP: In dim light, fire several shots và pick the sharpest. It"s a random event, so if you fire enough shots, you"ll eventually get a sharp one even ar speeds of 1 second!

17 mm: Always sharp at 1/8, not sharp at 1/4

35 mm: sharp một nửa of the time at 1/8 and 1/4. Not sharp at 1/2.

80 mm: Always sharp at 1/8, not sharp at 1/4.

LCA (Edge màu sắc Fringes) back lớn intro & index.

17mm: Moderate. You"ll see it if you look for it. The 18-55mm EF-S II is much better.

24mm: Minor. You have to look hard to see it.

35mm: None.

50mm: None.

70mm: None.

85mm: Almost none. You really have lớn look for it, & then it"s just on the verge of your imagination.

SHARPNESS back to lớn intro & index.

So long as you stop down a stop or two, your technique will be your biggest barrier lớn sharp photos. I have a page on How to lớn Get Sharp Photos.

Here are my observations on an 8 MP 20D. Letters correspond khổng lồ center - edge. Possible ratings are E - VG - G - F - phường These are subjective. Don"t fret over differences between adjacent grades.

Diffraction is usually the sharpness-limiting factor for all lenses, especially digital SLRs, at about f/11 và above. See also How Sharpness Varies with Aperture.