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dks14

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Help with efs 17-85
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:19:55 AM »
My 17-85 is failing every few shots it gives me an error 99 or error 00. I looked at the canon repair site and it could cost about 150 to repair. My question is it worth repairing the 17-85 or should I look to replace it? If I choose to replace it i can only spend about 600 dollars. The next part of my question if I replace it could I find something decent for that price.

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Help with efs 17-85
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:19:55 AM »

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 09:18:30 AM »
The EF-S 15-85 could be a good choice.  It's a little above your budget but has better IQ than the 17-85.

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 09:27:14 AM »
It probably depends if you were really happy with the 17-85 or if you were looking to upgrade anyways. If you were happy with the lens I say $150 is cheaper than buying a new lens for the sake of it.

If you were looking to replace it anyway then put the money towards a new lens, is there anything you can use in the meantime, nifty 50 etc?

The logical updgrades if you're sticking with a crop body are 15-85 or 17-55 f2.8 (which i use and is amazing) so if you're budget can't get to those I say repair the lens you've got  :)

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 10:15:08 AM »
The 17-85 is not a good lens at all. Get rid of it!!!!

Had exactly the same error on mine no chance its worth fixing. Upgraded to the 17-55mm and it is night and day the 17-55mm is so much sharper, less distortion and vignetting. You also get a constant 2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range which is very useful.

The 15-85mm is much better than the 17-85mm so I would go for that if you cant stretch to the 17-55mm. Gives you more range but is a slower lens but the IQ and distortion are much better.

I would not recommend going for an L lens like the 24-105 or the 24-70, not because of the quality, you cant beat it. But at 24mm on a crop body it must be multiplied by 1.6, so the widest you can shoot on those lenses is 38.4mm. The other option is to buy a 17-40mm but that is still 27.5mm so the only way to get wide on a crop is to stick with the 15-85, 17-55mm. Or buy using two lenses the 10-22 and the 17-40 combo.

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 04:45:20 PM »
Thanks for the input. I think I'm just going to repair this lens till I can afford to step up to something like 17-55 2.8.

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 05:13:39 PM »
I have repaired two 17-85mm's (both purchased broken).  My first (the lens I'm still using) was a broken aperture cable (which is exactly what you describe with your lens - cost of parts <$35).  The second one needed to have the USM motor replaced (much more costly - $85 for the motor alone).  These lenses, while they have decent build quality, second generation IS, and Ring-USM are famous for these two problems.  The image quality is not excellent, but the price (especially used) is not substantial.
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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 06:32:13 PM »
Just asking to be sure..

Do you have other lenses to verify that it's your lens that's the problem?  I'm pretty sure I got error 99's when my shutter was dying on me.  It started by giving that error periodically..  Then once every 5-10 shots.. a power-cycle and i was good to go.  Then I think it eventually just stopped, and gave that error 100% of the time.

But right..  if that's your only lens, you might need to make sure it's not the camera.

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 06:32:13 PM »

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2012, 08:16:33 PM »
Yeah I have a 50mm and 70-300 and no problems and I have used a friends extinct and had the same problem.

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Re: Help with efs 17-85
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2012, 08:16:33 PM »