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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras
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- 17-55mm wide-angle zoom lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for Canon DSLR cameras
- AD and aspherical elements deliver impressive image quality through entire zoom range, Closest focusing distance : 1.15 feet
- Image Stabilizer lens groups shift to compensate for image shake even in dim lighting
- Large circular aperture produces shallow depth of field; ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM)
- Measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.4 inches long; weighs 22.8 ounces; 1-year warranty
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Focal length: 17-55mm Maximum aperture: f/2.8 Lens construction: 19 elements in 12 groups Diagonal angle of view: 78 degrees (at 30 feet) to 27 degrees (at 50 feet) Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual Closest focusing distance: 1.15 feet Zoom system: 5-group helical zoom (front group moves 27mm) Filter size: 77mm Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter, 4.4 inches long Weight: 22.8 ounces Product Description To meet user demands for a fast EF-S zoom lens, Canon has specially designed a new lens with a large aperture of f/2.8 for select Canon Digital SLR cameras.* The large circular aperture produces a shallow depth-of-field, creating background blur that draws attention to the photographic subject. The lens construction includes UD and aspherical elements, which deliver impressive image quality throughout the entire zoom range. Image Stabilizer lens groups shift to compensate for camera movement so that the image appears steady on the image plane, ensuring clear, crisp images, even in dim light. With a Ring-type USM, inner focusing and new AF algorithms, this lens achieves autofocus quickly and quietly, and with full-time mechanical manual focusing, manually adjusting the focus is possible even in AF mode.
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Designed to meet consumer demands for a fast EF-S zoom lens, the EF-S 17-55mm offers image quality on par with Canon's highly regarded L-series lenses. The lens features a large circular aperture that produces a shallow depth of field, creating background blur that draws special attention to the photographic subject. The lens construction, meanwhile, includes UD and aspherical elements that deliver impressive image quality throughout the entire zoom range. And thanks to the Image Stabilizer lens groups--which shift to compensate for camera shake--the image appears crisp and clear on the image plane, eve in dim light. Finally, the lens offers a ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM), inner focusing, and new AF algorithms to help achieve autofocus quickly and quietly, along with full-time mechanical manual focusing that makes it possible to manually adjust the focus even in AF mode. As with all Canon lenses, this lens carries a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 17-55mm
- Maximum aperture: f/2.8
- Lens construction: 19 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 78 degrees (at 30 feet) to 27 degrees (at 50 feet)
- Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual
- Closest focusing distance: 1.15 feet
- Zoom system: 5-group helical zoom (front group moves 27mm)
- Filter size: 77mm
- Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter, 4.4 inches long
- Weight: 22.8 ounces
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I had a Tamron 17-50 before this, so I can compare some to that. When I noticed that the photos looked so bad, I took some shots to test focus, and found that the lens was slightly front focusing about half the time. This seems to be common in Canon lenses, and Canon will happily readjust the lens for you. Unlike the Tamron 17-50 lens, the focus was very repeatable, at a distance of 3-4 ft the focus point only wandered over about a 1-2 inch range. The Tamron easily wandered around in an almost 1 ft wide (12 inch) range in the same kinds of shots. So if this had been the only problem I would have just sent it to Canon for an adjustment. But even the best focus point was soft and fuzzy, which once again, from all accounts (other than mine) should not be the case for this lens.
Compared to the Tamron and to the 40D's 28-135 kit lens, the built quality seemed better than either of those lenses. It's not as good as my Canon 70-200 L, but for a plastic lens it seemed pretty solid. It's quite large, which surprised me for a digital only lens -- a little larger than the 28-135. Beyond that it's hard for me to comment much, my copy was far softer and had much more chromatic aberration than either of those lenses, which doesn't seem to be typical. The performance of my copy was about what I would have expected from the old XTi 18-55 kit lens from what I've heard, if even that good, not a lens that cost about $1k.
Since I don't think my copy is typical I'm giving this 3 stars, I guess more as a knock against Canon QA than the lens. As I say, I may buy another one at some point in the future, but I can't get one in time for my next trip (tomorrow) so that will have to wait. If I do get another one and it's as good as everyone says, I'll update this review.
Amazon required me to pay to have this lens returned, which is not a trivial amount since they also require to you insure it. Given that the lens seemed to be defective, that was disappointing.
Update: It's interesting to see that B. Harris had a very similar experience in a review published within an hour of mine! I gave the lens 3 stars instead of 2 because I didn't think it was typical, now I'll have to think about that. I'll also echo what he said about packing, Amazon packaged this like it was a CD or book, not a lens that cost $1k, and I certainly can't rule out that being the cause of the lens's poor performance.
Update 2: I thought I should add that a couple years ago my wife gave me this same lens as a gift (based on her own independent research) and my new copy is a full 5 star lens, it's the lens that spends the most time on my camera. So indeed I got a bad copy that first time. That first lens was a 1 star lens, so I'll leave this at 3 as the average of the two.
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f2.8 (low light) and IS, normal range for a DSLR.
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