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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
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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
- Compatible with Canon EOS DSLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors
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|Item Dimensions||11.06 x 8.35 x 8.35 cm||8.4 x 9.2 x 8.4 cm||3.93 x 6.92 x 3.93 cm||8.34 x 9.3 x 8.34 cm||5.08 x 15.24 x 5.08 cm|
|Item Weight||0.65 kg||0.57 kg||160 grams||0.6 kg||0.67 kg|
|Max Focal Length||55 mm||50 mm||50 mm||70 mm||105 mm|
|Min Focal Length||17 mm||17 mm||50 mm||24 mm||24 mm|
|Mounting Type||Canonbayonet||canon||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon EF / EF-S||Canonbayonet|
Size Name: 17-55 mm
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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.
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.See all Product description
From the manufacturer
One of the joys of photography is using your camera to tell the stories of everyday life. There is beauty in the simplest of subjects – reflections in a shop window or someone you pass in the street. And once you start looking for these shots, you’ll see them everywhere.
Change Your View, Not Your Aperture
With a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range and a 3-stop Image Stabiliser, the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM provides outstanding performance and framing flexibility in low light conditions.
Super Spectra Coatings
Optimised Super Spectra lens coatings help achieve true colour balance and increase contrast for vivid high definition images.
Pleasing Background Blur
A circular aperture provides a pleasing background blur when shooting with a wide aperture; ideal for creating a sense of depth and isolating your subject from the background.
Fast, Quiet Auto Focus
A ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive responsive, near-silent high speed auto focus. Full time manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF.
|EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS||EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM||EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM||EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM||EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM||EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM|
|Focusing motor||DC motor||USM||USM||USM||USM||USM|
|Size (width x height)||78.6 x 102mm||81.6 x 87.5mm||83.5 x 110.6mm||83.5 x 107mm||83.4 x 93mm||88.5 x 113mm|
|APS-C camera bodies only||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Step-up||Huge zoom range for many types of photography, good for travel where one lens solution is needed||More compact size, reduced zoom range but higher optical quality and faster focus motor||Constant wide f/2.8 aperture for low-light photography. Increased ability to blur the background and make the subject stand out||General purpose lens with L-series optical quality and flexible zoom range||More compact size, higher optical quality. Close macro focusing mode and Hybrid Image Stabilizer for steady macro shots||Constant, wide f/2.8 aperture, very best optical quality in a zoom lens|
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Personally I use it about 40% of the time on my 40D with a superzoom (Sigma 18-200 OS) being fitted for the rest of the time for general outdoor photography.
You can take the image quality, image stability system and all those other nice things for granted, but it is darned heavy for a 'short zoom' lens (10% heavier than the Sigma Superzoom) and it is also as clumsy to carry around as my Canon EF 70-300IS telephoto.
I suspect as I become more demanding of my kit, the EF 17-55's strengths will become far more important than the drawbacks mentioned above...
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. You'll need a lens hood, of course, as this is a wide lens.
So, if you're shooting with a crop body and can afford the lens, buy it. But I'd also buy a SquareDeal type insurance to extend cover to three years. ANd when it arrives, check the zoom action. If it's not TOTALLY smooth, or seems to stick a little, send it back.
Noting my "negative" points - build-quality, no lens hood, cost me an arm and a leg to repair - then you'll see my 4 stars mean that I still love this lens: you can't argue with image quality, clarity, brightness and VERY low distortion. But make sure you have a backup if you're off on a big trip.
Why then didn't I give it 5 stars? Simply because at the price - which in itself I'm not complaining about - having to pay extra money for a lens hood is a disgrace and can only be described as greedy - Canon are taking the **** and are obvious quite happy to rip off their loyal customers.
It is important to remember that this lens is only for cropped sensors so as long as you do not intend to upgrade your camera body to a full frame sensor then this is definitely a lens for most people. Even at 17mm the distortions is so minimal, it is almost unnoticeable.
Picture quality is incredible. af F2.8 it is an out-performing lens on my camera and I have tried many in this zoom range.
Couldn't advice this lens more.
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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I would place myself in the category of amateur photographer.Read more
Works equally good with low light.Read more
The IQ is really good, and the lens is worth the moment, but only if you get a good copy. Ive had 3 bad ones.