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

B&H # CA175528IS MFR # 1242B002
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Product Highlights
  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • 27-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • UD and Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.2'
  • 77mm Filter Thread Diameter

The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens from Canon is a large-aperture lens compatible with APS-C format digital SLR cameras, and offers a versatile wide-angle to short telephoto zoom range. The focal length is equivalent to approximately 27-88mm in 35mm format and its constant f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light throughout the zoom range. A wide maximum aperture also enables shallow depth of field control.

This lens features Canon's optical Image Stabilizer technology, providing up to 3-stop compensation for image blur caused by camera shake at slow shutter speeds. This enables clear images, even in dim light. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast and quiet AF action which is particularly important when shooting video and manual focus override allows precise manual focus at any moment, even in autofocus mode.

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.

A fast, constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 is ideal for low light shooting, utilizing fast shutter speeds and for shallow depth of field control.
Optical image stabilization enables up to 3 shutter speed stops of blur compensation to create clearer images when shooting handheld and in low light situations.
Ring-type Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor (USM) provides quiet, fast, precise auto focusing and predictive tracking.
Features three aspherical lens elements (two types) as well as a UD glass element for reduced aberrations and high image quality at all focal lengths.
Optimized lens coating minimizes flare and ghosting prone to occur with digital cameras.
Internal focusing and new AF algorithms improve AF speed and with full-time manual focus override allows precise manual focus even in AF mode.
Uses optics designed to take full advantage of the small image circle and short back focus in EF-S lenses.
Circular aperture diaphragm produces brilliant out-of-focus characteristics
Performance
Focal Length 17 - 55mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 27.2 - 88 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 78° 30' - 27° 50'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.2' (36.58 cm)
Magnification 0.17x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 19/12
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 4.4" (8.38 x 11.18 cm)
Weight 22.75 oz (645 g)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
  • E-77 II 77mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 681 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (155)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (610)
    • Consistent output (422)
    • Easily interchangeable (261)
    • Strong construction (228)
    • Durable (224)

    Cons

    • Heavy (201)
    • Weak casing (32)
    • Lens creep (21)
    • Difficult to clean (19)
    • Pricey / poor value (17)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (335)
    • Landscape/scenery (307)
    • Night photography (276)
    • Weddings (250)
    • General purpose (152)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (220), Semi-pro photographer (121), Enthusiast (99), Casual photographer (67), Semi-professional (36)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (339), Yes (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My Favorite Lens

    I have owned this lens for around two years now, and it was my primary lens for a 10 month trip across Africa, so I've gotten to know it quite well. In my...Read complete review

    I have owned this lens for around two years now, and it was my primary lens for a 10 month trip across Africa, so I've gotten to know it quite well. In my opinion, it is the best general purpose lens for Canon APS-C DSLR's, and it is easily the lens I use most frequently.

    What makes this lens great is the combination of the image quality, focal length, and f/2.8 aperture. Image quality is fantastic; I was blown away when I first bought this lens, and two years later I am still impressed. It is extremely sharp, and color and contrast are really excellent (though perhaps just shy of the best L lenses).

    But it's the f/2.8 aperture and focal range that really make this lens. It's great for low light situations, of course, but the wide aperture is also excellent for isolating your subject. For me, this often makes the difference in non-studio situations, as all of those background distractions can be blended away into a beautiful soft bokeh. It's very difficult to do this with an f/4 or f/5.6 lens.

    As for the focal range, it's the range that most people use most frequently for general photography. At 55mm (88mm equivalent), it's right in the sweet spot for portrait photography. And while not a wide-angle lens, at 17mm it does provide considerable versatility.

    Two other positives are worthy of mention. First, the auto focus is nearly instantaneous and very accurate. Second, the build quality is very good, and I have had zero problems with dust affecting my photographs (and Africa is a very dusty place). My personal experience leads me to believe that dust is not a meaningful problem for this lens.

    No lens is perfect, however, and this one has a few drawbacks. First, it is rather large and heavy compared to other lenses of similar focal length. This can be a turnoff for some users, who find that it becomes cumbersome to carry, and the large size can occasionally be a bit intimidating for some subjects as well. Second, it is rather expensive, but then again it is a really fine lens in the focal length that I (and many others) use the most. Finally, as many others have mentioned, it really should come with a lens hood. I'm a huge fan of Canon, but unless the corporate bottom line depends on selling large quantities of plastic lens hoods, they really should include them with their premium lenses (including this one, even if it is not branded as an "L").

    I love this lens. And with great image quality, the most used focal range, excellent low light capability, and bokeh so velvety you'll be tempted to reach out and rub your monitor, there's a lot to love. If the high price won't force you to sell an organ or eat ramen noodles for the next year, you'll probably love it too.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    An OK lens, but not worth the money

    I expected this lens to really be good. I shot two projects with it and found most images not real sharp; not real bad either.
    One project was just like another one...Read complete review

    I expected this lens to really be good. I shot two projects with it and found most images not real sharp; not real bad either.
    One project was just like another one I shot with the 24-105L lens and it didn't compare that well. the shoot had some of the same people, same background, same distance, both exposed well. I compared the same VIP in both shoots and; zoomed in, I could see the eyelashes with the 24-105L and could not with this lens. it was OK, just not sharp. I expected much more because other reviews and the price.
    this lens was a refurb from Canon, which means it was gone thru by a qualified tech, and I assume met all standards of this lens.

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    5.0

    My go to lens for basketball

    By Dave

    from San Diego

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

    I also have a similar Tamron but do find I get fewer out of focus shots with the Canon. Great for those low light, action shots that I am taking.

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    5.0

    Wow

    By WL

    from NYC

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

    Quiet smooth great results. Very pleased

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    4.0

    upgrade w/o breaking the bank

    By P

    from Dubuque, IA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        being just a hobbiest I am going from a standard lens that was included with my Canon RebelT3i to this lens.
        I wanted to upgrade my gear w/o maxing my CC.
        I was surprised by the size and weight but still easy to work with.
        I was looking for better sharpness and DOF for smaller space shooting areas--this lens is perfect!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Love this lens

        By Deb115

        from North Carolina

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

        Only one weekend of shooting but very happy with the quality of this lense. Fast focus and quiet.

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        3.0

        Bought mostly for the F/2.8

        By Costa Rica photos

        from Guiones Costa Rica

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        I bought this for a wedding. I didn't want to have to change lens and it did great for what I needed. I am happy with it for the versatility. It did not wow me by any means like some of the prime 50mm lens I have shot but I needed something so that I would not miss the shot and this one was pretty much a guarantee to cover the focal range I needed. I was a little disappointed that some of my photos where not tack sharp but I believe the problem is more with my camera body, the canon 70D which seems to have some issues just missing the focal points. Sometimes it seems to be just off a bit. For video I love it and the combo for video with the 70D and being able to use F2.8 in lower light are super great. Video is where this combo really shines but I would need another camera body to really test it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Lense

        By Robert

        from Silver Spring

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

        I purchased this Lense for my Canon 60 D. I use this Lense for video. It has a wonderful look. The 2.8 aperature is continuous. I have enjoyed the Lense.

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        5.0

        Great for Prosumer

        By Shown the Light

        from Alexandria, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

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

        This lens may not be the "L series" lens but it is more than half the price. More than good enough for those that have been using the lens kit that came with many cameras.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great gift completes my son's lense coll

        By martin ( metadad)

        from Red hook, NY,

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          This will most likely be the go to lense for quick shooting. This will most likely stay on the body more than the other lenses.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Excellent Lens!

          By Photo_Phil

          from Foothill Ranch, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I read other reviews and wasn't sure if this lens would be a good investment, but after using it during an evening event, I was very happy that I got this lens. The f2.8 capability resulting in photos I would have not been able to get had I used the "kit" lens. I used it with my Canon 70D and 580EX II flash and was extremely happy with the focusing speed and overall image quality, even when the subject was 20 to 30 feet away. The lens does have some weight to it, but that is to be expected with a lens of this caliber. I found the construction to feel secure and I did not feel like I was using the 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II "kit" lens. If you shoot low-light events, I recommend this lens and wish I invested in it earlier.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good lighting

            By Iain the Runner

            from Provo, UT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

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

            The 2.8 is great, but does limit depth of field. Focus must be just right.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sweet lens

            By Charlie from Nashville

            from Tennessee, USA.

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

            I have bought about 15 Canon lenses and this is the best. It costs the most but is worth it. The lens is very sharp and not too heavy. The 2.8 f stop along with the stabilizer makes it very useful in everyday usage. I am very pleased with the purchase.

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            5.0

            Beauty at the end of the lens

            By Steve

            from Whitetail fix

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

            This is the perfect lens for my 60d. Great for everyday uses and time lapse and Astros. It was recommended by the bh staff and it's absolutely perfect

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            5.0

            Excellent

            By Heber

            from Honolulu

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

            I really like this lens! I recommend to everyone!

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Rick

            from Morristown, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

            • Flimsy construction

            Best Uses

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

              The only thing I would say is that for the price this should have had a little bit of a better construction. A week or so into the use of the lens the zoom is starting to feel less smooth then it did out of the box. Overall it is a beautiful piece of Canon glass.Bottom Line: Do it.

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              5.0

              Great product

              By Banibrata

              from Tx

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

              It is just a great gadget to have

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              5.0

              Great Lens

              By ACE of Photos

              from Georgia

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

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

                Great lens and great price. Images are sharp and without any noticeable issues for me.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Undercover L Series

                By steadicam josh

                from Freehold, NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cost effective
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

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

                Super sharp, great price. This lens may have a plastic exterior but the glass is quality and sharp. Great for both stills and video, have used this lens on everything from a Canon T4i to a Sony F5 and found the results to be fantastic. Some slight vignetting when at lower f/ values but overall superb quality.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Sharp Wide-angle lens

                By Photo Man

                from Greenville, SC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  Great for landscape and social events.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I love this lens

                  By John P

                  from Trumbull, CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Sharp photos

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I was a bit apprehensive when I ordered the lens because of some reviewers who commented about its price/value relation but after using it for a month in the US and Europe, I'm in love with it. Photos are super sharp, video looks great, there is virtually no distortion, and the 2.8 lets me shoot in the lowest light. And, that's where this lens shines - because it has ultrasonic focus. It locks on so fast that I got shots I never would have been able to get with a slower focusing lens. If I've got one complaint, it's the weight but that's a fact of life when you have this much glass in a lens. As far as build quality, it's very good but not quite as nice as my L series f/4.0 24-105.

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                  5.0

                  Replace the 18-55 kit lens

                  By ontos

                  from Riverside, CA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • No lens hood

                  Best Uses

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

                    I recently purchased the Canon EF-S 17-55mm 1:2.8 IS lens to replace my kit 18-55mmk lens, I am so glad I did I have used this lens for macro shots with a extender tube (also purchased fro B&H), landscape and general walk around shots and I love it. The pictures are sharp and crisp with great saturation. I use it on my Canon 70D (purchased also from B&H) with no problems. I would recommend this lens to my friends to replce the old 18-55 kit lens.

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