Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Digital Cameras - Refurbished

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About Canon 17-55mm

• The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM offers image quality on a par with Canon's highly regarded L-series lenses. It has a large maximum aperture which, combined with higher shutter speeds can minimize subject motion blur. Shallow depth-of-field separation of a subject from its background is much easier to achieve and the f/2.8 maximum aperture allows a bright finder and extremely precise focusing with f/2.8 compatible AF sensors.

The internal stabilization has a sharpness benefit equivalent to a three-stop faster shutter speed, making this lens outstanding in low light situations. Smaller and lighter than lenses of similar specifications, the EF-S 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS USM lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-88mm

Please Note: This lens is compatible only with the EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, D7 and all EOS Rebel and EOS Digital Rebel models with APS-C sized sensors
Not suitable for 35mm film SLR cameras, or for 35mm size "full-frame" digital cameras, e.g. 1Ds or Kodak Pro SLR/c.

The Canon 17-55mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Travel, Weddings and more.The Canon 17-55mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 17-55mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 17-55mm: Consistent output, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Nice bokeh

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (117),Consistent output (66),Easily interchangeable (45),Strong construction (39),Durable (36),Nice bokeh (35),Lightweight (21),Rugged (21),Image stabilization (9),Clear glass (8),Sharp (6),Simple controls (6) Easily mounted (5),Quiet (3) View All
Heavy (28),Weak casing (4),Not weather sealed (4),Lens creep (3),Pricey / poor value (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (53),Landscape/scenery (52),Weddings (44),Night photography (43),General purpose (36),Sports/action (26),Portraits (24),Video (13),Landscape photography (10),Upgrade (10),Travel (10),Wildlife photos (9) Special effects (8),Photojournalism (7),Documentary (5),Fun (5),Art (4),Macro photography (4) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (32),Enthusiast (27),Semi-pro photographer (16),Pro photographer (12),Casual photographer (8),Semi-professional (6),Professional (4)

Canon 17-55mm Specifications

Elements/Groups: 19-Dec
Angle of view
H: 68º 40' - 23º 20'
V: 48º - 15º 40'
D: 78º 30' - 27º 50'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.35m / 1.14 ft.
Maximum Magnification
0.17x (at 55mm)
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
4.35" x 3.28" / 110.6 x 83.5
22.75 oz / 645 g
Image size: APS-C
35mm film equivalent focal length (mm) 27-88
Mfr #

Canon 17-55mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


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

Many other reviews have focused on what a great lens this is, and I agree completely. This review is more about the refurbished copy I bought. I really can't tell the difference between my refurbished lens and brand new. There are no marks what so ever and the glass is perfect. The lens was well packaged and included the factory manual.


Most Liked Negative Review


Chromatic aberrationas are too strong

I read many pro's and contra's about this lens, and finally purshased one. Was surprised with the significant chromatic aberrations in my copy, particularly at 55 mm (in conjunction with 7D). Any aperture, any distance to the object, they are just TOO significant, at least 1-2 pixels around the center and 3-5 pixels at the corners. The in-camera JPEG converter successfully eliminates these, but once you are dealing with RAW on yourself - be prepared to deal with this pain.

Reviewed by 119 customers


Beautiful Lens


from New York, NY  -  Pro Photographer

I'm a pro photographer and have been shooting primarily a Conon 5D Mark II with Canon L Series 24-70 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses. I recently bought a refurbished D7 from Adorama, and wanted to pair it up with a high quality mid-range zoom. This lens measures up very nicely against my Canon "L" series lenses and it's a mystery to me why Canon didn't give it that red ring and "L" designation. This is a beautiful, fast, solidly built f/2.8 lens with tack sharpness, beautiful color rendition, and low distortion. I can see myself using this for 70% of my work and even my most demanding clients will be pleased with the results. Highly recommended.


Nice fast lens for handheld photography


from Utah  -  Photo Enthusiast

Nice fast lens for handheld photography. Quality glass for reasonable price for Rebel.


A good indoor low-light lens


from Tallahassee, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

My most shots are outdoor of plants and wildlife. Recently, I shoot some indoor activities, such as musicals, plays, meetings, awards, etc. I use the lens with Canon T4i camera. I am struggling and learning. I had some good shots and some not so good shots. It could be due to my inexperience of indoor shooting. I wish the lens comes with more instructions and references.


Great landscape lens


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it as my main walkaround lens, very high quality.


Sharp as a tack


from Illinois  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is fast and sharp. It replaced a Tamron 17-50 DiII VC. Incredible difference especially in low light. The only thing I miss is the zoom lock, but I can live.


Everything it is advertised to be


from Montrose, CO 81401  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a terrific lens. It is sharp, smooth & I couldn't be more pleased. Due to the price, it may not be for the casual user, but for those who want pure quality, this is it. It is a bit heavy. but not overly so. This is to be expected with a lens of this quality. I do professional real estate photography, & this is absolutely great for indoor shots. Works extremely well for outside work too as I can move in close to the property & still include a view of much of the home.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens if you need the speed.


from Perrysburg, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens on my 50D. I also have access to an 18-55mm kit lens. The kit lens is great for its price, but if you need a faster lens, this one is great. I am able to get pictures in locations that I could not with the kit lens due to the lack of light. I was in a moss garden on a very cloudy day and was able to get pictures when the other two in our group (also Canon users) could not. The image stabilization is very good (and welcome in the above situation). The colors are vibrant. Sharpness is excellent. Auto focus is fine. I really have no complaints about this lens. It covers a very useful (at least for me) focal range. I have a 10-22mm (which is also excellent) and I find myself using the 17-55 in many situations where I previously would have used the 10-22 (where I don't need the extra width obviously). It is considerably heavier than the 19-55mm, but that is because of the much better build quality and the faster maximum speed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


This is THE big aperture standard zoom.


from USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Sharp, quick and accurate focus, low light powerhouse, and the peace that comes from knowing you have the best.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 vs. Tamron lens


from Kentucky  -  Casual Photographer

I recently purchased this lens since my Tamron lens (same focal length etc.) bit the dust when one of my kids dropped my camera. We purchased this right before our beach trip so we could capture some nice pictures during our vacation. Comparing the pictures from this vacation vs. the pictures taken the previous year using the Tamron lense - there really is a huge difference in the detail and sharpness of the colors. I used a nice UV lens filter on my Tamron which helped the blues and other colors pop some - but did not have a lens filter for Canon lens - but was really happy with how vibrant the colors appeared. The only dissapointment that I had was that this lens didn't seem to perform as well in low light conditions as I'd hoped. My Tamron Lens was also a 2.8 (no IS though) but I'd say the Tamron did a bit better in low lighting.


Sharp and Steady


from Illinois  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is extremely sharp. Also nice is the relative lack of chromatic aberration at wide apertures. The IS works very well, making smooth handheld video a reality for me.


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Warren H  Is this a grey market lens or USA?
Andrew R  Neither. This unit is manufacturer refurbished equipment. *Refurbished goods sold by Adorama are all refurbished by the manufacturer (unless specified otherwise) to the original company's specifications. All refurbished equipment sold by Adorama include a 90-day return-to-manufacturer warranty. Canon Refurbished include a 90 day return-to-Adorama Warranty. ----- Who refurbishes the units? They are all refurbished by the manufacturer (unless specified otherwise) to the original company's specifications. Why does availability seem unpredictable? Unlike new inventory, we can't order refurbs. We have to wait for the manufacturers to contact us when they have a batch to sell. What are the advantages of refurbished goods? All refurbished items will have been checked over by the manufacturer by hand, inspected very thoroughly, diagnosed, and calibrated by experienced technicians, and could therefore turn out to be more dependable than a new item - which will only have been checked by a process of systematic quality control protocol (ie by random sampling as it comes off the conveyor belt). What about firmware updates? Refurbished goods are shipped with the firmware updates and latest fixes which were completed at whatever stage it was at when we took delivery. What type of warranty does Adorama offer on "Refurbished" goods? All refurbished products sold by Adorama come with a 90-day warranty; the warranty covers anything the manufacturers warranty covers for a new unit, including shutter defects.
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