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Canon EF-S 17-55 mm

Canon EF-S 17-55 mm
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421 reviews

Nov, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 421 reviews of Canon EF-S 17-55 mm. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. People are impressed by the price. The design is also appreciated, but reviews are divided on the usability.

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On average, users rate this product 86/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 user reviews of Canon EF-S 17-55 mm from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Lenses & Filters on People are impressed by the price. The design also gets good comments, whereas comments are divided on the usability.

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98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon EOS 30D 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM LensCanon EW-73B Lens Hood + 67mm UV Glass Filter + CapKeeper 2 Lens Cap Strap + Deluxe 6-Piece Lens Cleaning Kit for Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS LensCanon EOS 30D 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ang18 (

Great Lens for the price


This lens was a replacement for my kit lens. I'm more than happy with the lower apeture, and achieving a great balance for both indooor and out.

The lens is light, quiet, and is sharp. Very good lens for the price

Auto focus is a bit slow

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: Vitaly (

Be careful


I bought a lens from Newegg in September and was very disappointed by quality. All the images were blurry and I had hard time getting a sharp image. When experimenting with a tripod I noticed that turning the stabilizer off made my lens take much...

Very sharp when adjusted

Seems to have very high level of defects

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Jonathan D. (

beautiful images, high quality


smooth zoom ; quality images ; IS USM helps a lot

expensive, but worth every penny

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: felixdeportu (

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If you need a good wide but need to maintain a certain level of zoom, get this lens, you will not regret it. I use nothing else for social events.

Magnificent lens, does the job for a good price. Sharp at most apertures, slightly soft at 2.8. Fast focus, very versatile

Will not work on full-frame sensors (5D, 1D). It will leave you wanting more if you expect to use it for fashion (runway) photography where you need a tele but that is NOT what this lens is for

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: MikeJ (

Fantastic Lens


This lens does carry a high price tag for an EF-S design. However, you will not find an EF-S lens that performs better than this one. It is F/2.8 across the zoom range and this is invaluable for people that like taking photos using a shallow depth of...

Tack sharp, IQ is very good, extremely fast focus, F/2.8 at all zoom settings, very good build quality for a non-L lens, bokeh is very nice


Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: sharandjulie (

Perfect for traveling light...


My HSN Rebel T3 camera came with two lenses. This lense is sort of between the extremes and makes it possible to travel a bit lighter without carrying everything and works as a "stand alone" lens with a range just that is intermediate, but perfect for...

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Greg (

Happy Camper


I bought this lens in 2005 when I bought my 20D. I use it as my everyday walk around lens and it has traveled with me around the world. Never a problem. Never a hiccup. The only reason I would change this lens is if they made the same lens in an "L"...

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: Thom218 (

I expected better


This should be a great lens the 17-85mm range makes it great as a primary lens and while the 4-5.6 aperture is at times a bit slow, overall I was extremely happy with it for the first year. Since then auto focus fails intermittently and it doesn't take...

Poor build quality, intermittent auto focus fails

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: ilya (

Canon EF-S zoom lens - 17 mm - 85 mm


A lot of defects, h.aberration, bad aperture, vignetting, bad colors reflecting.

Slow auto-focus, Semi-sharp images, Poor build quality

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: 4kiddos (

Great lens...


A little heavy but worth it! I love that I only need 1 lens! The best!

Jun, 2012

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