Canon EF-S 17–85mm lens

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EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6 IS USM
Canon 17-85mm is lens.jpg
Technical data
Focal length17–85mm
Focal length (35mm equiv.)27–136mm
Crop factor1.6
Aperture (max/min)f/4.0–5.6 / f/22–32
Close focus distance0.35 m (1.1 ft)
Max. magnification0.20××× @ 85mm
Diaphragm blades6
Construction17 elements in 12 groups
Short back focusYes Yes
Ultrasonic motorYes Yes
Lens-based stabilizationYes Yes
Macro capableNo No
ApplicationStandard Zoom
Max. length92 mm (3.6 in)
Diameter78.5 mm (3.1 in)
Weight475 g (1.1 lb)
Filter diameter67 mm
Lens hoodEW-73B
CaseLP1116 Soft Case
Angle of view
IntroductionSeptember 2004
Retail info
MSRP$859.99 USD

The Canon EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6 IS USM is a standard zoom lens for Canon digital single-lens reflex cameras with an EF-S lens mount and image stabilization.[1][2][3] The EF-S designation means it can only be used on EOS cameras with an APS-C sensor released after 2003. The field of view has a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 27.2–136mm, and it is roughly equivalent to the Canon EF 28-135mm lens on a 35mm film SLR. Despite the word "macro" being present on the lens body (as visible in the infobox image), this lens is not capable of true 1:1 macro photography.

The 17–85mm was bundled as a kit lens with the EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D and EOS 60D. It was also packaged with the EOS 400D (known as the Digital Rebel XTi in North America) as an alternate to the EF-S 18–55mm (typically labeled as the "400D enthusiast's kit").

Similar lenses[edit]

The EF-S 17–85mm is a step up in build quality and in focal range compared to the EF-S 18–55mm lens.[4][5] Its image quality is higher than the original and the Mark II versions of the 18–55mm lens.[6] It is slower and has lower image and build quality compared to the EF-S 17–55mm lens, although it is cheaper and has a longer focal range.[5]

The closest lens to the 17–85mm in the standard EF lens range is the EF 28–135mm lens, which has the equivalent range on a full-frame sensor, similar image quality and image stabilization.


  1. ^ "Canon U.S.A. : Support & Drivers : EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM". Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  2. ^ "Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM - EF-S - Canon UK". Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  3. ^ "Canon Camera Museum | Camera Hall - Lenses (EF Mount) EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM". Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  4. ^ "Canon EF-S 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM review: Digital Photography Review". Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  5. ^ a b "Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Review". 2004-12-30. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  6. ^ "Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 USM IS - Retest @ 15MP / Review". Retrieved 2013-08-24.

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