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

Announced Feb 21, 2006 •
Zoom lens | Canon EF-S
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I owned this lens for six years, now sold. This was bought to be my go-to, walk around lens on a EOS 40D. On the plus side, low light performance was stellar. Not so great? I'm no pixel-peeper but images always came out just that little bit soft for my taste (as compared with my EF 70-200 f/4L, which always delivered far sharper and brighter images). Maybe I was the unlucky one to buy That Lens? Always left me wondering where all that money went, especially when I had to buy a hood ...

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If you are going to Purchase a Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 IS Lens for video, try to get a recent one (perhaps 2012/2013/2014) because the I.S. Image Stabilization appears to be much quieter than on earlier ones. I believe Canon has incorporated internal revisions to accomplish this. I have a 17-55mm (purchased 11-2013) and side by side with a friend's (he thinks 2010/2011) mine is much quieter. With the internal mic set to AUTO on a Canon 70D, my 17-55mm does not pick up the sound of the IS ...

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Wolfheart1979
 
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Sharp not so, I think it's more of a baseball bat than a lens, f/4 is not bad for a walk-around. Focus is alittle slow even compared to the 18-135 which renders images better in sharpness but not in contrast. So to sum it up. It's a high contrast tank that needs some more IQ Problems: Not so sharp, 3.5 has become a standard, IS isn't so effective.

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This was the first lens I bought after purchasing my first crop-sensor Canon DSLR, and I have no regrets.  It's big and somewhat heavy, but it gives you a great range of focal lengths and good to excellent all around quality and feel.  Photos are sharp and great color.  Not quite up to the build quality of an L lens, but worth the price.

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sslankan
 
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This is 1 of 3 lenses I own, (other 2 being primes) for my T4i. I have owned it for a few months now. (I bought it in the middle of June of 2013.) - and have taken well over.. 3000 shots with this lens - Used it out doors (even in light drizzle w/ no lens hood or filter) - have taken many group shots (paired with a 430exII) - and since getting the lens hood during my trip to New York.. have used that ever since (still no filter and probably never will) - only shoot in raw (use Lightroom 5) To ...

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spirosk
 
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Very good pectures sharp and clear Problems: I have it for 2 years i sent it twise to the servise with shuter problem (200 euros its time) allthow i use it gently as i do with all my equipment, is plastic nothing to do with L lenses but with allmost the same prise and the worst is that you cant use it at all with FF cameras .Was my worst choise I m totally regret it.It souldn't cost more than the half of its prise

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treepop
 
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Pros: This lens produces decent images and has a quick auto focus.Image stabilization is nice for video. Cons: Stupid expensive. Horrible build quality. Lens lets in dust like crazy. Image quality is worse than its 1/4 price competitors (Tamron 17-50). Recommendation: Don't listen to people who say it isn't a dust magnet. Don't listen to people who are "blown away by the quality of the images". They are just okay and the dust is a problem. Save your money and time you will take selling this ...

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Wolfheart1979
 
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Ok, here goes, I am an amateur photographer, my photos are professional but I will only call myself a pro when I get my webstie running, thing is, I have just broke my back´╗┐ to buy one due to all the glow on the net with it being the sharpest EFS availlable walk around, honestly I was dissapointed. Problems: 1. When a lens is praised for its constant f/2.8 and you get shots softer than a monkey's ass on 2.8 why the hell have it souped up with a 2.8 anyway where as the USP of this lens is the ...

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This is a very good piece of equipment that I don't hesitate to recommend to anyone shooting on a efs capable body. In fact this lens is a reason to always have a crop body- nothing in the full frame (Canon) world can match the low light hand held capability this lens has. I wish it had a little more reach but as an all purpose and walk around this is tough to beat. The combination of being very sharp wide to short tele, 2.8, IS, and the High ISO/Low light capabilities of modern bodies ...

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This lens really is worth its price. It delivers excellent images, with solid IS performance, and very, very sharp images across the entire frame. It is great for general-purpose walk around use for indoor/outdoor combination photography. The long end is a bit short for pure outdoor work, but for one lens that you can use for 90% of the situations you will run into, this is it. Some swear the lens pulls in dust, while others disagree. I'm firmly in the "disagree" camp, as I have had mine ...

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