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

by Canon
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RRP: £999.99
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  • Image stabilised ultrasonic motor (USM) makes for silent and reliable operation
  • Lets you focus right down to 35 cm / 1 ft 2 inches
  • Switch between autofocus and manual operation
  • Comes with 1 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Filter Size: 77 mm

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  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 11 x 8.4 cm ; 644 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 1242B005AA
  • ASIN: B000EOTZ7G
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Feb 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Product Description

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens is a large-aperture lens specifically designed for EF-S type digital SLR cameras, and that offers a super wide angle to short telephoto zoom range, with built-in Image Stabilization. The focal length is equivalent to approx. 27-88mm in 35mm format.
This lens features Canon's latest optical Image Stabilizer technology, providing up to 3-stop compensation for image blur caused by camera shake and slow shutter speeds. This ensures clear, crisp images, even in dim light.
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.
Note: Only Canon Extension Tube EF 25 II and 12 II fit on this lens.
Note! Not suitable for 35mm film SLR cameras or digital camera with image sensor bigger than APS-C size. Only fits on the EOS Digital Rebel series, or 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, and 7D SLR cameras.

Manufacturer's Description

Zoom lenses are very convenient. The equivalent of two or more fixed focal length lenses in one unit. The maximum aperture of some zoom lenses changes as you alter the focal length, but through-the-lens (TTL) metering takes this into account to give correct exposure.

To meet user demands for a fast EF-S zoom lens, Canon has specially designed a 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 innovative 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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T. Caulton on 2 Oct 2008
I bought this when I had my 400D and it was the reason that I didn't go full frame when I upgraded. So it sits on a 40D now and I love it. The IS system is useful when hand held at it's maximum, and the optics don't let it down at all. If you have a 400 or 40 series using EF-S lenses then your kit is not complete without one.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Stu_cj on 22 Nov 2008
A truly exceptional item.
I've had this about a year now and it's hardly ever off the camera. Almost all of my other lenses now languish unloved at the bottom of my bag.
Canon make an "L" series of "pro" lenses and the only reason this doesn't get assigned an "L" designation is a plastic lens barrel and the fact that (apparently) Pro-s don't go for this focal range. Other than that it's pro-spec (with a price to match). Oh, and of course the fact that it's an "S" (short back), which means it's designed to be more compact and as such will only fit onto those camera bodies with a reduced size sensor (400d / 40d/ 50d etc and not the "full frame" models that pro's lug around).
Don't overlook the value of that fixed f2.8 across the range with the image stabilisation. With this you can pretty much dump your flash guns as well! It also focuses fast and silently (I forgot just how until I cleaned-off one of my older lenses recently).
If Canon made a 50-200 of the same quality and price range as this you could put all your other lenses on ebay as you wouldn't need anything else. I WAS going to knock half a star off for the weight (yeah it's a brick) but then again......so is my 40d so they do tend to balance.
Highly recommended. You will have to add another 25 quid though for a decent lens hood as for some reason Canon scrimp there and don't give you one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on 22 April 2010
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I love this lens!

In a nutshell it feels top quality (would you expect less from Canon), it handles nicely - nice wide zoom ring, and well placed focusing ring and all the buttons are intuitively placed. The picture quality is superb - it's super quick focusing and top build quality make it incredibly sharp even wide open (NOT as sharp as the 24-70L as some reviews would have you believe though).

I am a wedding photographer and have read other reviews which describe it as the 'perfect wedding zoom' and I'd agree. At the 17mm end it's wide enough for impactful wide shots of inside churches and venues, or larger groups, and the 55mm end is perfect for closer shots, details and nice tight crops. (I also use the 70-200, and I don't find that I 'miss' the 55-70mm range)

I use this lens on a 40D and a 50D.

The only reason I've not given it five stars is that it's not supplied with a case or a lens hood. You have to buy these separately taking it closer to the price of the 24-70L but the 24mm end of that lens isn't wide enough on an APS-C camera in my opinion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawkes TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct 2011
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Let's start at the top: why 4 stars?

I bought this lens in 2009, and fourteen moths down the line it seized up: wouldn't zoom below around 35mm. after a lot of struggle, I returned it to Canon who fixed it, and charged me £120 for the privilege, as it was two months out of warranty. It has to be said they were very quick (return in four days)but even so. On the forums, I see this is a well-reported problem with this lens - it can suck in dust through the front element. (I don't shoot in the desert or on the beach, and always have a UV or polarising filter on the lens.)

Now you might be asking - why not much lower than 4 stars?

Quite frankly, this is a BRILLIANT lens in terms of image quality. I have some L glass, but this outperforms much of the L series. Yes, really.

Don't just take my word for it. Bob Atkins ([...]) lists the best Canon EOS lens, and this is the only EF-S lens in the top 20 (at number 17 currently) with a score of 9.6/10. Neither of my Ls score more than 9 - and I'm very happy with them.

This is my "go-to" lens. When walking (touring in GB, France, Spain, Germany, South Africa...) it's my most used lens by some distance. Often it's the only lens I take.

The range is ideal for general photography (for me, mostly landscape, architecture and general.) It's equivalent to just wider than 28mm to 88mm for a full-frame/35mm camera. And as 2.8, it's fast.

The IS works well too: I have no problem hand-holding down to 1/10th of a second - or slower with a good support to brace against.

Remember, of course, it's EF-S so won't fit a full-frame camera (such as the 5D and 1D series.)

And remember - it's a Canon, so no case, and no lens hood. Cheapskates.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Haresign on 10 Oct 2013
I bought a 60D and didnt really have the budget for another lens. My it lens was the 18-55. Which is fine. But I thought I would really like some good glass.
The camera is worthy of putting a better lens on and surely it improves your photography?
I beleive it does, to a point.
I initially got the red ring syndrome, especially as I have a bit of a collection of EOS cameras, namely the 60D then a 3 and a 30E etc.
So for me an L lens would have been 'versatile', but the price?
After doing various trawlings on the net, I came across this lens which is not widely known, generally, and I guess because its a crop lens.
However, I took the plunge, also got a lens hood for it, although you dont have to have one.
Have to say, its excellent, weighty, but as others have said, will probably stay on the camera.
DOF is so much more controllable with a lens like this, have those extra few stops makes all the difference especially zoomed.
Also the IS along with changable ISO on a digital makes this lens useful any time and certainly a walkabout lens.
OK so i cant use it on my 3 or 30e but I have those sizes covered and I guess I wont be buy an L lens for those film cameras, I got over my red ring obsession when I got this lens.
I put a Hoya on it to 'protect it' I guess there is various debates about those. I intend, if I am doing some serious on tripod stuff, I will take it off. But knockign about with the kids out and about, it stays on.
I did some 100% crop stuff and to my eyes they are faultless and quite imoressive. I got a shot with one of oil diffusers in, you know the one with sticks in, when I zoomed in the crop you could see the fibres of the wood, like hairs sticking out, wow a different world.
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