• 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, 7D 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 Art, Documentary, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Special effects, Sports/action, Travel, Upgrade, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 17-55mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 17-55mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 17-55mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Image stabilization, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Simple controls and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
L Lens Wannabe for sure
After shooting with this lens a bit, it's obvious not all "L" image quality lenses come with the red ring. This is a fantastic lens, capable of image quality to match Canon's fine L series. Build quality is better than typical consumer zooms, but not quite up to L standards. For the price, Canon should have included a lens hood. Get one if you're going to buy this lens. AF is fast and IS let's me get another couple of stops. Only slightly soft wide open, but even one stop (f3.2) produces shar...View full Review
After shooting with this lens a bit, it's obvious not all "L" image quality lenses come with the red ring. This is a fantastic lens, capable of image quality to match Canon's fine L series. Build quality is better than typical consumer zooms, but not quite up to L standards. For the price, Canon should have included a lens hood. Get one if you're going to buy this lens. AF is fast and IS let's me get another couple of stops. Only slightly soft wide open, but even one stop (f3.2) produces sharp, sharp images. Color is excellent, only marginally not as warm as my L lenses. Nothing that can't be addressed quickly in post processing. This lens is not for point and clickers, but if you're serious about photography, it won't hold you back.
Most Liked Negative Review
Save your money, Buy L lenses.
In comparison to my 70-200 2.8, the ef-s 17-55 is cheaply built, not very sharp and lacks contrast. I bought the 17-55 when I was young to photography and it was affordable at the time. Today, I'd like to encourage everyone to save their money and buy L lenses. You will be much happier with the better glass and you will end up buying fewer lenses. The 17-55 accumulates a lot of dust inside the lens as well.
Reviewed by 107 customers
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. Quality glass for reasonable price for Rebel.
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.
I use it as my main walkaround lens, very high quality.
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.
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.
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.
Sharp, quick and accurate focus, low light powerhouse, and the peace that comes from knowing you have the best.
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.
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.