Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Zoom Lens

Model #1242B002

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Specifications

Physical

Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.3 x 4.4" (8.38 x 11.18 cm)
Weight 1.40 lb (635 g)
Filter thread 77 mm

Performance

Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5.8
Minimum focus distance 1.2' (36.58 cm)
Format compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Magnification 0.17x
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Angle of view 78.3° - 27.5°
Groups/elements 12/19
Diaphragm blades 7
Camera mount type Canon EF-S
Focal length 17 - 55 mm

Features

Image stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
2 April 2013
8.7/10

Well-built, wide-aperture, APS-C zoom with three-stop image stabilisation

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    Peak resolution

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    Some colour fringing

Photo net.34752471
12 October 2010

The premium standard zoom for APS -C sensor cameras usually covers the range from around 17mm to around 50mm and has a maximum aperture of f/2.8. In 35mm terms this coverage is equivalent to something like that which a 27-80/2.8 zoom would have on a full frame camera.

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
1 June 2009

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM is a superb lens, with fantastic image quality and overall characteristics. Build quality can be improved and the lens does not come with a lens hood or a soft case, which comes as a disappointment considering its high retail price.

The digital picture.34755376
12 May 2006

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens, with a fast, fixed f/2.8 aperture, very high image quality , 3-stop Image Stabilization and a very popular focal length range, is one of the best general purpose lenses available .

Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

This digital-only, 27-88mm equivalent ($1,000, street) is a pro-caliber upgrade of Canon's popular 17-85mm amateur Image Stabilizer lens ($515, street). It has the hallmarks of Canon's professional, full-frame L-series (solid construction, aspheric elements, UD glass).

Images by william castleman.34355705
28 May 2007

CanonEF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Strengths: You get what you pay for with respect to image quality with this lens. The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS had 50% MTF and resolution scores closest to L-lenses or primes across the focal lengths tested.

Photozone de.34752480
22 March 2009
7.3/10

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS is not a perfect lens but it lives quite well up to the very high expectations of the user base. The resolution figures are among the very best for an APS-C standard zoom lens.

Lenstip com.34355424
23 September 2007

We can ask the question: who is this meant for? It's definitely not for an amateur photographer who is going to be discouraged by the size and the high price. It's also not for an advanced photographer who is going to be discouraged by the lens's flaws and will buy something less expensive,...

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    great sharpness in the center of the frame for the whole range of stops and focal lengths,, good picture quality at the frame edges,, well controlled distortion,, minimal astigmatism,, well controlled coma,, great autofocus,, good quality manufacture,, solid performing stabilization, Cons: a bit too...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
4 September 2016
10/10

Semi Pro Photographer: I own quite a few Canon L and prime lenses.All give me great results. If this lens fits your needs. Don't hesitate to buy. I shoot a lot in close quarters with low light. I use this lens and a 50mm 1.8. All I need.If you need a longer focal length buy a different lens.

Imaging resource.34355410
6 November 2015
10/10

Uses: Street, landscape, indoor lowlight, candids, children, portraits, group shots. If you want a fast zoom lens and don't need anything longer or wider, and you don't want to upgrade to FF, this is the last lens you'll ever need to buy. This zoom range covers basically 90%+ of what I take.

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    Sharp, really sharp. Great colours & contrast, almost no CA, light(er) weight, good bokeh, versatile.

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    Cheaper build, Crop only.

Canon.33575661
1 July 2017
10/10

The EF-S 17~55mm f/2.8 lens has proved to be everything I had hoped for when I chose it to supplant the EF-S 18~135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens on my first Canon APS-C Camera. The large f2.8 aperture allows very good subject isolation and combines with an older version of Canon's image stabilization...

Amazon.32817384
22 June 2017
8.0/10

This has been a great addition to my Canon C100 kit. I also have the 24-105 4.0 IS, which is a very useful focus length, but sometimes f 4.0 is just not fast enough for video where you can't just crank the ISO up. The extra stop of light is really handy for video.

Newegg.34207442
29 August 2014
8.0/10

This lens was a replacement for my kit lens. I'm more than happy with the lower apeture, and achieving a great balance for both indooor and out.

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    The lens is light, quiet, and is sharp. Very good lens for the price

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    Auto focus is a bit slow

Cameta.34170697
17 May 2011
8.0/10

The optical quality of this lens is excellent. It allows you zoom from 17-55mm at a constant f2.8. Other zoom lenses will change the aperture but it can hold this constant as you zoom so it does not change your timing. The wide aperture makes it great for shooting parties indoors.

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    Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh

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    Heavy

Buydig.33956271
23 July 2010
10/10

ANY KIND OF EVENT I WOULD USE IT, IT'S EXSPENSIVE BUT YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. HEAVY COMPARED TO WHAT I REPLACED (18-55) BUT THATS NOT AN ISSUE. HAVE TO GET USE TO THE FOCUS AND THE ZOOM RING. GREAT LENS.

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    Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction, Fast / accurate auto-focus

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    Heavy

Shopping com.33655990
15 December 2008
10/10

I purchased this lens to use with my 40D. It is the only lens I have right now. I did a lot of research before purchasing it as the price tag was rather steep. I can honestly say I have no regrets. This lens, due its wide angle and zoom, is a great all purpose lens.

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    I/S, durable, excellent for low light shots.

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    heavy, pricy, lens hood not included.

Wolfcamera com.34753814
23 December 2008
10/10

This lens is the same as the kit lenses that come with the rebel series. ONLY A LOT BETTER! first off the F/2.8 is great in all situations especially for wonderful bokah and low light situations. The only reason why this lens is not an L series is because it does not work with all the cameras.

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast, Rugged, Sharp Focus

Photography review.34752477
30 November 2006
10/10

I have used this lens for about five months now and shot several hundred pictures with it. It's used only on a 30D body. Some people have noticed barrel distortion and some pincushion issues with their lenses.

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    Build quality., Fast maximum aperture, which takes advantage of the finer 30D autofocus capabilities associated with f2.8 and faster lenses., Superior picture quality.

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    Wish the short focal length was 15mm., Not dust sealed like the L lenses., Fits only digital Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, 20D, 30D, and probably the upcoming 40D (or whatever they call it)., Attracts a lot of attention, especially with the hood attached.

Product Highlights
  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • 27-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • UD and Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • 77mm Filter Thread Diameter
8.5/10
Average Expert Score
9.2/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
  • E-77 II 77mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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