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Canon EF-S 17-55 mm

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


The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM ($1,179 direct) is the top-end standard zoom lens for Canon APS-C cameras. Rebel D-SLRs are generally bundled with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens that, while quite sharp, has a relatively slow f-stop, often...

Very sharp at wider angles. Fast aperture. Minimal distortion

Big. Expensive. Soft at 55mm

If you're looking to upgrade your 18-55mm kit lens, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is a good, but expensive, way to go.

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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens


The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens delivers top-tier image quality over an excellent general purpose focal length range in a nicely-sized/weighted/built bodywith great AF and an excellent implementation of Image Stabilization at a...

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


The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens, with a fast, fixed f/2.8 aperture, very high image quality, 3-stop Image Stabilization and a very popular focal length range, is one of the best general purpose lenses available.


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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Review


The EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS standard zoom lens is a great all-around lens for the consumer grade photographer looking to update their stock lens setup. It is designed with the consumer level photographer in

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Tested: Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6


Introduced last year, this extrawide zoom built for Canons with APS-C-sized sensors makes an attractive utility lens for the new EOS 60D or can serve as a wider, longer alternative to the Rebel kit lens. Canon's widest EF-S zoom with image...

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


The EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens is one of the best general purpose, if not the best general purpose lenses on the market with a Canon EF-S mount. It is designed to meet consumer

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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM


Like its 'predecessor', the EF-S 15-85mm IS USM features Image Stabilisation to counteract camera-shake, along with quick and quiet USM focusing. Both lenses also sport full-time manual focusing, a focus distance window, along with optical and build...

Flexible range including 24mm coverage ; Sharp details into the corners ; Quick and quiet USM AF with non-rotating barrel ; Smooth manual focusing ring and distance window

Poor vignetting with visible darkening in corners ; Modest image stabilisation in our tests ; Some creep between 24 and 50mm (actual) ; As usual for a non-L lens, no hood supplied

The EF-S 15-85mm IS USM is arguably Canon's best all-round general-purpose zoom for its range of cropped-frame EOS bodies. It delivers a compelling focal range with decent optical quality, quick and quiet focusing and Image Stabilisation.

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Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM EF-S Review Round-Up


The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS is not a perfect lens but it lives quite well up to the very high expectations of the user base. The resolution figures are among the very best seen so far for an APS-C standard zoom lens. The center resolution is...

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


This digital-only, 27-88mm equivalent ($1,000, street) is a pro-caliber upgrade of Canon's popular 17-85mm amateur Image Stabilizer lens ($515, street). It has the hallmarks of Canon's professional, full-frame L-series (solid construction, aspheric...


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


The optical design consists of 19 elements in 12 groups with two Ultra-Low Dispersion glass (UD) elements to eliminate secondary chromatic aberrations, along with two aspherical elements to avoid spherical aberrations at wider apertures.

Bright f2.8 aperture throughout zoom range ; Effective anti-shake IS capability ; Fast and quiet USM focusing motor ; Superb low-light performance

Relatively expensive ; Construction not Canon L standard yet ; Range shorter than cheaper EF-S 17-85mm ; Lens hood and pouch are not included

Canon’s highest-end EF-S lens so far may not meet L standards, in terms of build quality anyway, but it’ll be welcomed by EF-S body owners who are into portraiture or low light work. Since we believe the EF-S 17-85mm represents a more flexible and...

Product Specifications

With its effective focal length range of approximately 16-35mm in 35mm format, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is a remarkable lens with outstanding image quality that will take your photography into new dimensions and areas of dramatic expression. The super-wide zoom not only gives you the freedom to get exactly what you want in the shot, it dramatically alters perspective to allow for dynamic expression. The lens allows you to get extremely close to subjects, exaggerating the difference in size between a near object and its background. Creative photographers can use this phenomenon to create excellent separation between subject and background for a strong sense of presence, or for a pan-focus effect with everything from foreground to background sharply in focus. Exceptionally light and compact for its focal length range, the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM also has an incredibly close minimum focusing distance of just 24cm. A ring-type USM works in concert with the camera to provide super-fast, precision auto focusing and predictive tracking - with full manual override available at any time. 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. An exclusive optional lens hood can further reduce the incidence of flare. A circular aperture provides a pleasing background blur when shooting with a wide aperture; ideal for creating a sense of depth and getting your subject or model to stand out from the background.


Accessory Type:Focusing screen
Compatibility (Camera Model):Canon EOS 40D

Dimensions & Weight


Focusing Screen

Type:Super Precision Matte


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon EF-S

Lens System

Focus Adjustment:Automatic / Manual/Automatic / Manual
Intended For:Digital SLR
Lens Aperture:F/2.8/F/4.0-5.6
Max Focal Length:55mm/85mm
Max View Angle:78.5degrees
Min Focal Length:17mm
Min Focus Range:13.8in
Optical Zoom:3.2/5
Special Functions:Zoom
System Type:Lens
Type:Zoom lens

Lens System Mounting

Mounting Type:Canon EF-S

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty