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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-83J|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||3 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.31 x 3.31 x 4.37 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.42 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||0.35 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||17 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||13.8 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||19|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||78.5|
|Shipping Weight||2.05 pounds|
|Zoom Type||motorized zoom|
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.31 x 4.37 x 3.31 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.31 x 3.62 x 3.31 in||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in||3.23 x 3.46 x 3.23 in||3.31 x 3.54 x 3.31 in|
|Item Weight||1.42 lbs||5.61 ounces||1.25 lbs||—||1.27 lbs||0.85 lb|
|Lens||zoom||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Prime lens||zoom||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||85 millimeters||22 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||17 millimeters||50 millimeters||17 millimeters||24 millimeters||15 millimeters||10 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||52 millimeters||72 millimeters||77 millimeters|
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.
From the Manufacturer
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
Top customer reviews
1. Good build quality
Everything about this lens is quality. I could ask more from the zoom ring. It doesn't feel as good as it could at this price range. It does the job fine however. Everything else about this lens is the highest quality. I would not let this one minor thing stop you from buying it.
2. Image Stabilization (seem to work to at least 3 stops...maybe 4)
3. Large constant aperture (F/2.8 all the way through)
4. USM focus (quick and quiet. Does the job fine.)
If you have a "kit" lens (18-55) and want your pictures to look WAY better, get this lens. You must consider two things before buying. Are you planning to move to a 5D MkII or another full frame body? (this lens does not fit full frame bodies.) Is your style of photography suited to the 17-55 range? (do you take most shots between 17 and 55mm....as most people do) If you meet these criteria.....you need this lens. You may need a long zoom to go with it, but don't think for one minute that you can get an 18-200 or 18-135 and still get the same image quality. I have the 18-135 and the 17-55 gives me FAR better image quality. If you need more zoom from time to time get this lens and a 55-250. The 55-250 is a good lens and gives you decent image quality at long ranges. It's only about 1/4 of what this lens costs but will cover you in long telephoto shots. The 17-55 will be great for most shots most people take. It took me a long time to realize that all I needed was a better lens. I didn't need more zoom. I finally got this and wish I had done it years ago.
I have found this lens more than good in the month since I got it. It weighs a lot but I have taken hundreds of pictures and hundreds of videos with it and love it. If there was an "EF" alternative to this, I would have purchased it. There is no comparison to this lens in the "EF" line-up. Only this EF-S lens has a 2.8 aperture, image stabilization, and USM in this zoom range. All those EF lenses like the 24-70, 24-105, etc... are missing one thing or another. I looked into EF lenses first. If you want it all, this is your lens. There is no EF lens that has these features. I use it with a 7D and have had good, solid results. It will let you shoot with a "pro-caliber" lens. It should be an "L" lens and it should come with a hood.
I gave it 4 stars at first because it's zoom mechanism was not as smooth as it could have been and it costs more than it should. Since then I have grown to like the zoom ring and the overall performance of the lens made me change to 5 stars.
Update after 9 months : I have used this lens a lot in the past 9 months. I could not be any happier. The one issue I was concerned about was dust getting inside. I have not seen a problem with dust. I used a UV filter for about 4 months. I then took it off and still did not see any issue with dust getting inside. I live in a dry dusty area so I would have seen the problem if it were a problem. The IQ of this lens is great! The F/2.8 aperture all the wat through the zoom range has been the best however. Other companies make similar lenses as you might know. One or both of the major companies lenses have zoom mechanisms which turn the opposite of Canon lenses. That would not be easy to get used to...but it might save you some money. I decided to go with Canon because I knew it would be good quality and I am SO glad I did. After 9 months of heavy use I cannot say enough about the lens. From handling to IQ to size and weight it just satisfies me in every way. I also have a 24-105 F/4L I really like. If I could only choose 1 I don't know what I would do.
Update 4/21/13 - I have now had this lens for about 3 years. I use it more than any other lens. I have a 24-105 F/4L which I love. The 17-55 wins out for everyday use because it can go so much wider at 17mm and it's constant F/2.8 aperture. I have had no problems with the lens. I kept a filter on for a while because of dust concerns. I have now used it for about 2 years mostly with no UV filter. I have seen no dust problems. The lens is overpriced. I think Canon should drop the price by at least $200 to be competitive with Sigma and Tamron who now have alternatives. With that said, the Canon is still the best option for the best results. Resale will be much better with the Canon should you ever decide to sell. I would highly recommend you buy this lens. With all it's features and resale value you simply can't loose. It's the best all around every day lens for a Canon EF-S mount for almost anything...including video.
I tested the lens in a variety of real-world and "pixel peeping" ways -- indoors and outside. What ultimately made me return it was the significant vignetting at f2.8. There were probably 2-3 f stops of light falloff in the corners, and to me, I purchased this lens to operate wide open.
I returned the 17-55 lens to Amazon. It was an easy return, so that was nice. Bottom line is... I don't think I had a bad copy. Sharpness was good -- maybe a bit better than my 18-135mm kit lens. It wasn't as sharp as my primes. The zoom ring had a bit of a snag around 20mm, which I thought odd ... but that alone wasn't enough to make me return it.
Ultimately, the light falloff at f2.8 was just too extreme for what I expected from a $1k Canon lens. Based on the Photozone.de and other site reviews, vignetting is a design issue with all fast zooms. The Canon fares pretty badly compared to the competition, so for the money I just couldn't justify keeping it. You can correct vignetting in Photoshop Raw, and the 60d has a function that brightens the corners a bit in-camera. But to me, those are just workarounds for the physics and design of this lens.
I may try the Canon 16-35mm f2.8, which is designed for a full-frame camera like a 5d. Perhaps any vignetting issues in that design will fall outside the crop sensor of my 60d.