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Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens - 1242B002

Abt Model: EFS1755 | UPC Code: 013803064445
17-55mm 1:2.8 Focal Length And Maximum Aperture/ AF With Full-Time Manual Focus Adjustment/ 1.15 ft/ 0.35m Closest Focusing Distance/ 5-Group Helical Zoom System/ 77mm Filter Size/ Black Finish
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Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens - EFS1755

To meet user demands for a fast EF-S zoom lens, Canon has specially designed a new 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 new 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.

Features:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 17-55mm 1:2.8
  • Lens Construction 19 elements in 12 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View 78°30' - 27°50'
  • Focus Adjustment AF with full-time manual
  • Closest Focusing Distance 1.15 ft. / 0.35m
  • Zoom System 5-group helical zoom (front group moves: 27mm)
  • Filter Size 77mm

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 3.3"
  • Length: 4.4"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs
  • Shipping: 3 lbs
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Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
 
4.4

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast auto-focus (33)
  • Super-sharp images (32)
  • Superior build quality (10)
  • Fast focus (3)

Cons

  • Poor build quality (11)
  • Semi-sharp images (4)
  • Heavy (3)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Lens!

    This is an excellent lens and the cream of the crop for the EF-S line of lenses. The lens is very sharp and clear under most situations. I rarely have to apply any sharpening...Read complete review

    This is an excellent lens and the cream of the crop for the EF-S line of lenses. The lens is very sharp and clear under most situations. I rarely have to apply any sharpening to the images in editing. The lens balances well on my 30D and BG-E2. It focuses fast and silently and the Image Stabilization works like a dream. I use this lens most often shooting weddings and the IS along with the constant f/2.8 aperture make this THE lens for low light shooting. Paired with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM I am hard pressed to find a lighting situation that I can't work unencumbered by tripods/monopods. This lens represents an excellent value when compared to other lenses in the Canon line and other brands. The only negatives to this lens are the build quality and lens flare. After working with L quality lenses, it's a step down in quality construction but a huge step up from the entry level kit lenses and mid-level variable aperture lenses. The lens flare is very noticeable. I can't escape it even with the (not included) lens hood. Less expensive lenses perform much better at blocking flare compared to this lens. I suppose that's the price you pay for the extra lens elements introduced for the IS to work. Overall, I am very pleased with this lens and will keep it on my 30D all the time when I move to the full frame 5Dmk II.

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    Update to 3/23/2010 entry

    Here's an update to my entry a little over a year ago. I'd like to reiterate my commentary on the build quality. I was taking some pictures of an old family portrait that was...Read complete review

    Here's an update to my entry a little over a year ago. I'd like to reiterate my commentary on the build quality. I was taking some pictures of an old family portrait that was laying flat on the kitchen table with the camera pointed down to get the picture. The front len bezel came apart and landed on the portrait. Fortunately the glass wasn't scratched . . Had the Canon guys not put it back together correctly when they cleaned the excessive dust out of in March of 2010? I can't answer that, but still stick to my "poor build quality" assessment, especially for a lens that costs as much as this one does.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A True Pro APS-C Lens

    By Visceral Image

    from Tampa, FL

    Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

    I've owned this lens for over 6 years. In that time, I've realistically taken over 100,000 images with this very lens - and that's a conservative assumption looking at shutter counts. This is it for me. If I never purchased this lens, I would have probably abandoned the APS-C format all together because, honestly, there is no other lens I can think of that provides the useful focal range, fast aperture, and terrific image quality. I will use this for indoor and outdoor events and leave the thing at 4.0-7.1 all day long - depending on how much DOF I need. Then, when you wish to get a little creative, stop down to 2.8 and zoom out to 55mm for performance that honestly rivals some of my primes at that aperture. Image quality honestly rivals some L-series lenses - the 24-105 in particular. To make this lens even better, it's built like a TANK. I flat out neglected to secure down my RC2 tripod mount properly and within a few seconds, my 7D had fallen on to the filter ring and cracked it! I was concerned it would be a problem, but I was wrong. The lens kept on truckin' for the rest of the shoot, and several years after that. It's currently off to CPS to finally get repaired, and I already miss it. I have a large selection of lenses, but this one has always been my APS-C workhorse. I want to get it back ASAP to shoot on my 7D MkII and I can't wait. If you plan to use the APS-C format, this is the lens to buy.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great lense

    By suegogh

    from Las Vegas

    Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

    I just love this lens. It's great for night shots. Don't hesitate buying this. Worth every dollar.

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    5.0

    Great Lense

    By 7D

    from Undisclosed

    Pros

    • Fast auto-focus
    • Superior build quality
    • Super-sharp images

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

        I decided to buy it as standard zoom lense, instead of having recommended kit lense for EOS 7D. I am glad I made a right choice, otherwise, I could have spent twice both on kit lens and EF 17-55. Its a great buy, stable with 2.8 gives a great changes to enhance the quality of work.

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        surprisingly good!

        By Ivan

        from Lilburn, GA

        Pros

        • Super-sharp images

        Cons

        • Poor build quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

          This lens, even with the EF-S format and inferior build quality, produces surprisingly good images, outcompeting even such "L" lens as 24-105/4 L IS USM. Particularly related to chromatic aberrations which in this lens are neglegible.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very good and quite bad...

          By Lurcus

          from New York, NY

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Image Quality
          • Stabilizer

          Cons

          • Poor build quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

            I've hade this lens on my second body (7D) for nearly one year and I still think that's the best APS-C standard zoom on the market, as far as optical performances and focal range are concerned. Distortion at shortest focals is an issue and corner sharpness wide open is not impressive at all, but that's to be expected considering the kind of lens. What you wouldn't expect from such a lens, considering its price, is the poor built quality. It's not terrible, it's just not in line with the price. Same thing for the expensive hood, sold apart. I really hope for a "Version II" with a better built quality.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Outstanding Lens

            By KennyDNY

            from Undisclosed

            Pros

            • Fast auto-focus
            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

                I read all the negative on this lens but after carefully weighing my options, I purchased it and I have to say, I'm happy I did. Let me say first that it should be obvious that any zoom lens will have dust issues as they get older. Pumping the focal length in and out will carry dust into the lens body. It's cant be helped. If there was some unfortunate folks that got a lens that didn't live up to the Canon name, well that's why we buy from reputable sources, warranties. All and all I'm ultra pleased with this lens, wishing there were more constant aperture, internal focus , fast lenses in the line up.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Buy

                By Rj

                from Columbus Ga

                Pros

                • Fast auto-focus
                • Super-sharp images
                • works well in dim light

                Cons

                • lack of resitance of focus ring
                • lack of weather resistance

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

                  Having used this lens for over a year as a primary go to lens I find that it has it's place . i also own the 70-200mm f2,8is mk 1 i use this lens every chance i can. you have to compare apples for apples... the dif in a L lens well what can you say it's a L lens ....that being said this lens has nice weight and balance the manual focus ring is quite sensitive but after repeated use its managable The auto focus is fast enough to perform as built. i use this for weddings , events , portriats product and it always serprises me when i see my images on screen . the color capturing of this lens is wounderfull. I am never left without enough color detail . because of the light weight, operating without (IS) you have to really look very very hard to even notice any camera shake .which helps a lot in very dim light arenas Somtimes the focal point would fool you but that could user error at times . for the money if canon would just make it water resistant give the focus ring a do over like adding just a tweek of resistance this lens would feel more expensive and make you feel good with the cold cash your layin down .. although i would love a 24 - 70 mk2 and its fabulas glass for another k which also is in another class , useing this on the my 7d's with it's crop sensor give 's an equal range in those tight locations . I just love my 70-200mm which is in a whole nother class also . for the money, the wounderfull color in the images , and features. if you own a crop sensor camera this lens needs to be in the top five lenes in your bag

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent carry around ...

                  By Hari

                  from Undisclosed

                  Pros

                  • Fast auto-focus
                  • Super-sharp images

                  Cons

                  • Poor build quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

                    Excellent carry around lens with sharp picture and fast focus. IS is excellent and probably the only f2.8 lens in this range. Dust creeping into the lens is an issue though and needs to be watched carefully.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Versatile very sharp lens

                    By ak troutbum

                    from Anchorage Alska

                    Pros

                    • Fast auto-focus
                    • Super-sharp images

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

                        Have used this lens for approx. 4 years. Most of my other lenses are "L" types, it has produced results that are equivalent to those expected from an "L" lens. I use it for indoor large group social activities, both with and w/o flash--good depth of field for both folks close to the camera and those farther away. I also use it for flowers and'/or still life subjects where a macro is just too confining. It is also superb for scenic work here in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies. I would take it w/ me for my fly fishing but it is just too heavy w/ a fly rod!

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                        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        happy :)

                        By real07

                        from Birmingham, UK

                        Pros

                        • Fast auto-focus
                        • Super-sharp images

                        Cons

                        • Poor build quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens:

                          Hello there.. Just wanted to leave some feedaback. I got into DSLR photography less than 1 year ago out of passion/interest. Bought the 60D body together with this lens 17-55 2.8 from Canon after reading loads of reviews. My main interest was good capabilities in low light and fast AF. I am happy to say this lens delivered. Sharp pictures, very good outcome in low light and I personally never had any problems with the dust (installed a Hoya UV filter as soon as I got my lens). USM is nice and IS is very handy. Although it felt a bit plastiky when I first laid my hands on it I had no problems with the construction and it never bothered me afterwoods. The weight does not bother me too much - I realised I ll have to put up with lots of gear when I decided to go into DSLR my aim being good image quality. It is difficult to compare this with other lenses - my only other lens is the nifty fifty - but the quality is considerably better compared to the 50 mm 1.8. Overall I am happy with the lens and hope my rookie input was helpful to some of you :P

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