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

by Canon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
RRP: 1,209.99
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  • Compatibility : EOS 20D
  • 30D
  • 300D and 350D
  • Optical : lenses/groups : 19 lenses in 12 groups (3 aspheric lenses and 1 UD glass)
  • Minimum focusing : 35 cm
  • 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 (46 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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The star of the EF-S range 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 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont let the price put you off 22 Nov 2008
By Stu_cj
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent L-grade Optics! 3 Jun 2009
This is the best quality "normal" lens of Canon.

It's optics are first grade quality, easily matches L optics if only it was somewhat studier built. The range isnt great, it is just the usual (equiv) of 24-80.

IS is superb, i have had handheld shots at 55mm f2.8 1/6 perfectly sharp out of it. AF is fast and accurate, colors are great, contrast is sweet.

The only reason i dont give it 5/5 stars, is the price. It is, imho, very expensive for a APS-C sized lens, that doesnt have the build quality of an really pro lens. It has pro-price but not pro-quality build. Optically as i already said above, it is amazing, better than most L's (17-40, 24-70) etc.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, fast and ultra reliable 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one amazing lens 22 Aug 2008
By Cat D
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This lens is super-versatile. 17mm is pleasingly wide for a general-purpose zoom. It's great right through the zoom range. WIth the optical quality of the 'L' series there's very few aberrations. The image stablisation is a dream for hand-held dusk and night photography. The circular aperture provides smooth background blur. If using an E-TTL II flash, this lens sends distance data to the flash which many of the EF lenses don't.

The only downside (other than the pricetag) is weight. I find it too heavy to take on a long walk. It is also quite big, and bad for snapshot portraits because people find big lenses intimidating. I find primes easier for those situations.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, justifies its price 15 Nov 2008
I'm currently using this with my EOS 350D, replacing a Canon 28-105 f3.5/4.5 USM zoom. That lens was itself a worthwhile improvement to the kit lens, but this is on a different plane altogether. Particular highlights include:

* Low light performance - IS really works, coupled with f/2.8 max aperture it's outstanding.
* Sharp pictures! Details are just beautiful, my 350D's 'only' 8 Mpixels are definitely the limiting factor now. The absence of any noticeable chromatic aberration makes a big difference too.
* Fast and (most importantly) accurate AF. Noticeably better than the 28-105, and a world away from non-USM lenses.

I find I'm not missing the extra telephoto range of the 28-105, and that 55mm is adequate. I'm not even going to complain about the relatively large size and weight of the lens - certainly it's not so bulky as to make it hard to hand-hold the camera.

The only possible caveat is that - like all EF-S lenses - it doesn't work on Canon's high-end full-frame sensor digital cameras, or older 35mm film cameras.

Otherwise - if you can afford it, go for it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant lens
Having borrowed one of these lenses in the past I couldn't wait to my hands on my own, so very pleased with it. As an all rounder travelling lens it certainly does the job.
Published 2 months ago by J. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Good quality lens
I've captured some of the best images of my life using this lens on a Canon EOS 7D and a 70D. Sharp and vibrant with great depth of field. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R.D Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars The only lens for an aps-c
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Haresign
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant workhorse
I recently rented this lens for a few days and used it to shoot (professionally) a wedding; about 75% of my shots were with the 17-55mm. Read more
Published 7 months ago by N. Gratton
4.0 out of 5 stars Best general zoom for Canon APS-C/Crop cameras
Without buying something with a red ring and an L in it's name, you won't better this. IS works fantastically, focusing is silent and snappy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Janes
5.0 out of 5 stars A star performer
I already have five L lenses which work with both my 7D and 5DMkIII so why buy an EFS lens that will only work with my crop sensor camera? Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lens
Excellent lens, does what it is suppose to. Also great for automated modes. Worth the money, although would be nice not to pay extra for the hood which is in my opinion... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jamie Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars This lens is really brilliant
For anyone, as I was, wondering which lens to get for their crop sensor Canon camera (I have a 60D), then I can totally recommend the Canon 17-55mm. Read more
Published 9 months ago by OMorris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lens
I wanted a lens with a large aperture and this was just what I wanted. It takes excellent photos in low light with very little lens distortion.
Published 11 months ago by MISS C M MATTHEWS
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb lens, excellent!
This is a great piece of kit, it focusses well even in very low light and the image stabilisation is extremely effective.

Why then didn't I give it 5 stars? Read more
Published 12 months ago by DJE
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