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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens
 

APS-C sized image

Lenses that create APS-C sized image are designed for digital only. They cannot be used on cameras that have image sensor larger than the APS-C format. These lenses are not suitable for film cameras either.

 

Ultrasonic AF

Lenses with ultrasonic focusing mechanism tend to be quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.

 

No stepping motor AF

Lenses with stepping motor focusing mechanism are better for contrast based focusing, and are quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.

 

No Low Dispersion lens element is used

Low Dispersion lens elements help to reduce chromatic aberration.

 

Built-in image stabilizer

Image stabilization helps to reduce blur caused by hand shake, especially at high focal length or in low light situations. Image stabilization can give 1 to 3 stop advantage over none stabilized lens, based on the reciprocal rule.

 

Metal mount

Cheaper lenses are usually equipped with plastic mount, while more expensive, professional lenses have metal mount. In general, metal mounts are more durable, and a good thing to have when lenses are changed a lot. When a camera is used mainly with one lens, the material of the lens mount is not that important.

 

Internal Focusing

Internally focusing lenses don't change their size while setting focus.

 

No Internal Zoom

Internally zooming lenses don't change their size while focal length is changing.

 

The front lens is fixed

The fixed front lens is not rotating during zoom and/or focusing. This allows the photographer to use petal shaped lens hood. Fixed front lenses also make the use of polarization filters a lot easier.

 

Not Sealed

Weather sealed lenses are protected from dust and water. While they are not water proof, these lenses can be used in rain and other humid environments. Some sealings only provide protection against dust or water, not both. Sealing is only available when the lens is used on a similarly weather sealed camera body.

 

No drop-in filter support

Drop-in filters are used in those lenses where either the front lens is too large, or the field of view doesn't permit the use of traditional filters at the front of the lens. Usually bright tele and ultra-wide angle lenses support this filter type.

The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM provides an effective focal length range of approximately 27-136mm in 35mm format. This provides plenty of framing options, making it the perfect all-purpose lens that allows you to express your creativity in a vast range of shooting situations. The small size and low weight of the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM make it ideal for fast moving photography and travel, where it is not practical to carry around a heavy bag of kit. Its ring-type USM works in concert with EF-S mount EOS cameras to provide super-fast, precision auto focusing and predictive tracking - with full manual override available at any time. Designed specifically for digital photography, the lens has specially shaped lens elements and Super Spectra coatings to suppress ghosting and flare, which can be caused by reflections off digital camera sensors.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Specification

Available mount(s) Canon EF-S
Application(s) Portrait, Closeup, Landscape, Architecture
Category(s) Standard zoom
Multiplier 1.5×
Stabilizer yes (3 f-stop advantage)
Focal length 17 - 85 mm (5× zoom)
Lens construction 17 elements in 12 groups
Angle of view 35mm: N/A
digital: 78.5-18.4°
Number of blades 6
Maximum aperture wide: f/4 tele: f/5.6
Minimum aperture wide: f/22 tele: f/32
Minimum focusing distance 35 cm
Magnification 0.28×
Filter size 67 mm
Size ∅ 78.5 × 92 mm
Weight 475 g
Notes Mechanical full-time manual focusing built-in. Image Stabilizer: 3-stops
AF speed N/A
AF sound
Internal focusing yes
Internal zoom no
Fix front lens yes
Mount type metal
Weather sealed no
Drop in filter no
Ultrasonic AF yes
Stepping motor AF no
APS-C sized circle yes
Low dispersion lens element no
Hard case N/A
Soft case LP1116
Lens hood EW-73B
printable lens hood
Tripod adapter N/A
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Specification

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