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Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
     

    Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

    Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    Item #: CAN-EFS1755ISUSM   •   MFG #: 1242B002

     

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    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

      • EF-S lens designed for professional use on APS-C type cameras
      • Close focus to 1.2 ft.C2
      • Fast ring-type USM, internal focusing mechanism, and new AF algorithms
      • f/2.8 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization combine for excellent low light ability
       
    • Specifications

      • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 17-55mm 1:2.8
      • Lens Construction 19 elements in 12 groups
      • Diagonal Angle of View 78 Degrees30' - 27 Degrees50'
      • 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
       
     

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    CANON U.S.A., INC.Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
     
    4.3

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    78%

    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)

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses

    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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    5.0

    Performs as Promised

    By à¸«à¸¡à¸µ

    from Annapolis, MD, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

    The EF-S 17~55mm f/2.8 lens has proved to be everything I had hoped for when I chose it to supplant the EF-S 18~135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens on my first Canon APS-C Camera. The large f2.8 aperture allows very good subject isolation and combines with an older version of Canon's image stabilization (IS) to provide low light utility. The shear mass of quality glass used in the wide and heavy EF-S 17~55mm suggests that image quality will be high - the EF-S 17~55mm validates that hinted promise of clarity and sharpness without noticeable chromatic aberration. I bought the EF-S 17~55mm in spite of reports that the lens sucks in dust like a mini-vacuum cleaner and that the older version of Canon's IS is prone to failure. After nearly two years of frequent use, including a few months of exposure to the rigors of sunny Southeast Asia, there is no dust and the IS is still on the job. In summary, with fingers crossed on the question of IS durability, I am more impressed by the EF-S 17~55mm f/2.8 IS USM than I was on the day the lens was delivered nearly two years ago.

     
    5.0

    Reliable and great quality

    By Ess

    from San Diego, CA, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

    I have used this lens for 3-4 years in extreme low light conditions on crop cameras and have been very very pleased. At f/2.8, it simply pulls light in. Performance and optics miles ahead of a kit lens. It has been rugged, too-- dropped it and only lost the filter. This is an ideal range for a crop camera and is my go-to lens for most indoor work.

     
    2.0

    Good lenses, terrible housing

    By JJ78

    from Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

    Definitely the best lens in the 17-50 range, as far as image quality is concerned. Unfortunately, being a videographer, build quality is crucial to me, so I had to give up on this lens after just a few days of use. The focus ring is small and not dumped (which is a pain when you focus manually and a "no go" when you use a follow focus) the zoom extends when pointing down, dust comes in extremely easily... In conclusion, despite its price, this lens is not meant to be use professionally.

     
    2.0

    Great lens... while it lasts.

    By exCanonUser

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

    Owned it for 6.5 years before it completely failed. Optical quality is impeccable, proven over and over again against other 'cheap' lenses. Although I took good care of it and used occasionally, dust became visible inside the lens after about 2 years. After 4-5 years IS started to play tricks and at 6.5 years the AF failed resulting in camera saying 'lens error'. The zoom mechanism is terrible, many times just by pointing the camera downwards would automatically zoom to max. I did recommend the lens to a friend who is more active than I am in using it, and his lens also broke after about 3 years.

     
    4.0

    Superb Lens

    By bigron452

    from Hopewell Junction, NY

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

    I've had this lens for 5 months now and I find it to be outstanding. My photo's are extremely sharp, vibrant and colorful. The focusing is fast, though not as quiet as an STM and works beautifully. I use this lens with the 70D and recently went on a trip to Jamaica .. I took along one of my primes and the 55-250 stm and this lens never left my camera. I've become much better at reviewing the details of each picture and I'm pretty impressed. Being an enthusiast .. and nowhere near a pro, I can only share what I see. Would easily give this lens 5 stars if not for price and the weight. It's heavy .. and its cost is pushing the L series .. but since I don't shoot in extreme situations, where I need weather sealing - mainly family events, vacations etc .. this is the right lens for me. In low light, with the image stabilizer it's hard to beat .. If you value your pictures, and it's an investment .. but boy will you be happy. I wish Canon would update this lens and build more of this quality for the APS-C users out there .. I have 5 Canon lenses now and this has quickly become my go to lens ..

    (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 U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM 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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great lense

    By suegogh

    from Las Vegas

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

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

     
    5.0

    Great Lense

    By 7D

    from Undisclosed

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM 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.

        (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 U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM 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.

          (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 U.S.A., INC. Canon 1242B002 EF-S 17�55mm f/2.8 IS USM 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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