Canon EF-S 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM review
First announced in August 2004 to coincide with the launch of the EOS 20D, the EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM is Canon’s logical upgrade from the basic 18-55mm kit lens supplied with its APS-C dSLRs. With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 27-136mm, it covers a decent wideangle to telephoto range, making it a useful ‘walkaround’ lens which will cover a wide range of photographic opportunities. It also sports Canon's 2nd-generation optical image stabilizer, which allows hand-holding at slower shutter speeds than usual before the image-degrading effects of camera shake become apparent. This lens is clearly an attempt by Canon to replicate the success of their earlier 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM, which gained a strong reputation as an excellent performer on 35mm film; so is the 17-85mm up to scratch?
- 27-136mm equivalent focal length range; F4-5.6 maximum aperture
- Optical image stabilization – 3 stops
- Ring-type USM focusing with full-time manual override
- EF-S mount for Canon APS-C dSLRS only
Angle of view
The pictures below illustrate the focal length range from wide to telephoto:
|17mm (27mm equivalent)||85mm (136mm equivalent)|
Canon EF-S 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM specifications
|Street price||• US: $520
• UK: £360
|Date introduced||August 2004|
|Maximum format size||APS-C|
|35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C)||27-136mm|
|Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C)||78º - 18º|
|Lens Construction||• 17 elements/12 groups
• 1 Aspherical element
|Number of diaphragm blades||6|
|Maximum magnification||0.20x at 85mm|
|AF motor type||• Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor
• Full-time manual focus
|Image stabilization||• 3 stops
• Single mode (no panning)
|Filter thread||• 67mm
• Does not rotate on focus
|Supplied accessories||• Front and rear caps|
|Optional accessories||• EW-73B Hood
• LP1116 Case
|Weight||475 g (16.7 oz)|
|Dimensions||78.5 mm diameter x 92 mm length
(3.1 x 3.6 in)
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-S only|
|Other||Supplies distance information for E-TTL II flash metering|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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