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

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

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

B&H # CA175528IS MFR # 1242B002
In Stock
Order in the next 0:00:00 to ship today

Product Highlights

  • EF-S-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 27.2-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two UD and Three Aspherical Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
Show moreShow less

Configuration: Lens Only

Lens Only With Landscape Kit

Price: $879.00

Instant Savings: $50.00

Add to Wish List Item in Wish List

Save Up to $5.00

Build Bundle

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

  • 1Description

A tremendously flexible standard zoom for APS-C-format DSLRs, the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM from Canon pairs the 27.2-88mm equivalent focal length range with a bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture. Benefitting this design is a sophisticated optical layout, which includes both Ultra-Low Dispersion glass and aspherical elements to significantly reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved clarity and sharpness throughout the zoom range. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to individual elements to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in bright environments.

Beyond the optical attributes, this 17-55mm is also characterized by its advanced three stop-effective Image Stabilizer system to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Also complementing handling is a sophisticated ring-type USM, which provides quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override.

Versatile wide-angle to portrait-length zoom is designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-S-mount DSLRs and offers a 27.2-88mm equivalent focal length range.
Bright constant f/2.8 maximum aperture affords consistent illumination throughout the zoom range and also affords greater control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Two Ultra-Low Dispersion glass elements noticeably reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color fidelity.
Three aspherical elements minimize spherical aberrations and distortions for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to three shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with an internal focusing design and optimized focusing algorithms, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
UPC: 013803064445
In the Box
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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

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

    Focal Length 17 to 55mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27.2 to 88mm)
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Canon EF-S
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Angle of View 78 30' to 27 50'
    Maximum Magnification 0.169x
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' / 35 cm
    Optical Design 19 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.3 x 4.4" / 83.5 x 110.6 mm
    Weight 1.4 lb / 645 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.88 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.85 x 5.45 x 5.4"

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

    EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 828.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from super sharp a great walk around lens for your d cameras....remember this will NOT work on full frame bodies...aside from that, i would say sharpness is that of an L series and personally, i find it sharper than my 24-70 L lens..maybe part of that is due to IS...a welcome addition to any lens....great saturation of colors...optimal aperture is 4.0 or 5.6, but at 2.8 speed, i have no complaints..lens has a nice weight to it and usm is quick and accurate....lens hood is ridiculously expensive at $50 plus for piece of plastic and there is vignetting of built in flash at wide end of zoom...all in all, if you can afford it, its worth it....
    Date published: 2008-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens takes great pictures I was looking for a lens that was both fast and also wide enough to be a great general purpose lens that would be mounted on my camera the majority of the time. This lens fits both criteria perfectly. I had a hard time deciding between this 17-55 and the 24-70 f/2.8 L. Both are fast enough but I ultimately wanted the extra width (17mm vs. 24mm). The extra quality of the L-series lens was hard to give up, but I am very happy with the build quality of the 17-55 f/2.8. It feels as heavy and robust as the is definitely not a cheaply made lens. The autofucus is fantastic (fast and quiet) and this lens takes great pictures. You won't be disappointed.
    Date published: 2011-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding 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.
    Date published: 2013-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best APS-C lens available This lens is the apex of the crop sensor camera lenses. The 2.8 aperture, IS (image stabilization), and good quality makes it the best lens I can think to get. I would have purchased an EF mount lens if there had been one with IS and all other features. The zooming is a little less smooth than I would want from a lens of this price but it's one of the only faults I can find. You may have read the lens gets dust inside on the front element. It's true. I have dust inside mine after 4-5 weeks. I hope it does not get worse. Canon needs to fix this "leak" but all things considered...great, great lens.
    Date published: 2010-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I have written a review before but I just wanted to chime in again because I've had the lens almost 2 years now. I still love it! THE ONLY thing I don't like is that when I upgrade to FF I wont be able to use it. I have found it's sweet spot (sharpest point) for me is with an aprature of f 3.2 although I have got some great shots at 2.8 as well. I'll share couple photos. The lens creep doesn't bother me as it's not super long and therefor doesn't drop too hard. I have a habit if holding my camera in an upward position when I'm walking around so, I rarely notice it. The weight isn't too bad. You get used to it.
    Date published: 2015-03-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of canons Best After about a year of use, mostly weddings, I would say this is a very nice lens. I use two lenses in my work, this lens and the canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS. The blur is perfect and low light is no problem for either. I use a canon 50D and the crop factor (1.6) works well with both. The quality of photos under all conditions has been nothing less than perfect. Many weddings I only use the 17-55 and leave the 70-200 in the bag for a back up. The size, weight, and balance are nice. Portraits are perfect. Has zoom, IS, 2.8, fast focus, and great performance, but should be offered in a L seies for weather and dust. No problems yet but for the money it could be built better. Considering the choices Canon offers, It is a must have.
    Date published: 2009-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from fast and sharp I have been using this lens on my 60D for the past year. It is fast and sharp. I have used it in a few weddings. I love the wide angle and the ability to also get nice and close. 1.2 feet!!!! Love it! I have had some chromatic aberration when shooting into harsh light but nothing a little Lightroom cant fix. I keep this lens on my body 90% of the time. Also use it for families, children, portraits and action shots of my kids and horses. Always nice color and clearity! Even at a farther distance and even at 2.8. Its a bit heavy but you get used it. Also takes nice video. I am very happy with this purchase! Best lens out there for a crop frame body.
    Date published: 2014-04-15
    • y_2019, m_7, d_15, h_15
    • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.12
    • cp_1, bvpage1
    • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_828
    • loc_en_US, sid_425812, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
    • clientName_bhphotovideo


    Is the lens compatible with 80D camara?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens is fully compatible for use with the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I want to verify that this product is compatible with a Cannon 70D Camera. This is a EP-S lens and they are compatible with a APS-C Sensor (the 70D) but can't find it on a list that is compatible to a Cannon 70D because it is a just released camera.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    As the Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera has both an EF and EF-S lens mount, the camera accepts all EF and EF-S lenses manufactured by Canon, and would be fully compatible with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Zoom Lens.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I read in an internet thread that the 80D has focus issues with this lens. Has anybody faced problems with this lens and the 80D?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    After nearly a year of using the EF-S 17-55 on a Rebel T6s, I added an EOS 80D to the mix. Given the substantial equivalence of the two cameras' sensors, the EF-S 17-55 image quality was, as I expected, substantially similar. The only noticeable difference experienced was slightly improved focusing speed and accuracy. I attributed that incremental improvement in usability to the 80D's more advanced focusing system.
    Answered by: Jon R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    I have 77D,kit lenses 18-55,55-250,50 mm ...

    I have 77D,kit lenses 18-55,55-250,50 mm prime,tamron 16-300 ,would this lens be worth buying?
    Asked by: Somnath
    I would say yes. Although it depends somewhat on your shooting style. This lens is nearly identical to the kit lens in focal length, so similar versatility. But this lens has much better optical quality (much sharper). Plus the f2.8 maximum aperture means much better low light performance, and much better background blur ("bokeh") if that is your style. Once you get this lens, you will probably never use your kit lens again. It is significantly larger and heavier than the kit lens. But the image quality is so much better, that the increased weight and size is not a factor to me. This is "pro" level glass (just without the red stripe and durability - Canon won't give an "L" designation to an EF-S lens) and much better than the $100 kit lens. Also, aside from the 50mm, all your other lenses are pretty "slow" (small aperture). I think you will really appreciate the f2.8 this lens offers. Larger aperture means you can get faster shutter speeds in low light (such as most indoors situations), making this a "fast" lens. Again, it depends somewhat on your shooting style and general usage. I paid close to $900 for this lens, with no regrets. At the current price of $550, I'd say this is a no-brainer for most folks.
    Answered by: dennis
    Date published: 2019-05-14


    How does it compare with sigma 18-35 Art?
    Asked by: Deborah
    The Sigma lens is sharper and brighter with a wider f/1.8 aperture, and has a shorter zoom range.
    Answered by: Andrea O.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this lens work with Canon Rebel EOS XSI?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, this lens is compatible with the Canon Rebel XSi.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this EF-S lense work on the ursa mini? General will EF-S lenses work on ursa mini?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You can use EF-S lenses on the Ursa Mini with EF mount.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this lens work with MFT mount?
    Asked by: Peter
    This is a Canon EF mount lens and is not natively compatible with a Micro Four Thirds camera. However, you can use this lens on a Micro Four Thirds camera with the use of an adapter. eeeeee
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
    • y_2019, m_7, d_15, h_15CST
    • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_2.0.12
    • cp_1, bvpage1
    • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_44
    • loc_en_US, sid_425812, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=HAS_STAFF_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
    • clientName_bhphotovideo
    Be the first to review this item
    Customer Photos

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

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

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

    The more you Add-On the more you save (when you buy the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens)

    Designed For Use With:

    • ARRI ALEXA Mini EF-Mount
    • Blackmagic Design Production 4K EF-Mount
    • Blackmagic Design URSA 4.6K EF-Mount
    • Blackmagic Design URSA 4K EF-Mount
    • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K EF-Mount
    • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K EF-Mount
    • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K EF-Mount
    • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS 1D C EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS 60D
    • Canon EOS 60Da
    • Canon EOS 70D
    • Canon EOS 77D
    • Canon EOS 7D
    • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • Canon EOS 80D
    • Canon EOS C100 EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS C100 Mark II EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS C200 EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS C300 EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS C300 Cinema
    • Canon EOS C300 Mark II EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS C500 EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS C700 EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS C700 FF EF-Mount
    • Canon EOS Rebel SL1
    • Canon EOS Rebel SL2
    • Canon EOS Rebel SL3
    • Canon EOS Rebel T1i
    • Canon EOS Rebel T2i
    • Canon EOS Rebel T3
    • Canon EOS Rebel T3i
    • Canon EOS Rebel T4i
    • Canon EOS Rebel T5
    • Canon EOS Rebel T5i
    • Canon EOS Rebel T6
    • Canon EOS Rebel T6i
    • Canon EOS Rebel T6s
    • Canon EOS Rebel T7
    • Canon EOS Rebel T7i
    • Canon ME200S-SH
    • Canon ME20F-SH
    • Panasonic AU-EVA1 EF-Mount
    • Panasonic VariCam LT EF-Mount
    • Spiffy Gear Light Blaster
    See any errors on this page? Let us know.